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25 Lessons at 25

I recently turned 25 and I thought it would be nice to share some of my experiences. So, here are 25 lessons that I learned during my 25 years of existence.

1. Do things that make you feel like a kid again. I loved swings when I was a kid. Now, I get motion sickness as an adult, but it won’t hold me back.

2. At the end of the day, you are in control of your own happiness.

3. It’s the little things in life that make me happy. Yeah, it’s a cliché but it works. A simple “How was your day?” text is always nice to receive.

4. Laugh at yourself. I tend to laugh at myself when I make mistakes as a teacher and my students get a kick out of it. I’m a silly person.

5. Treat yo self. Thanks to Parks & Rec and my ALT friends.

Tamasudare Waterfalls

6. LinkedIn is amazing. My friends know how much I love LinkedIn. Everyone should get one.

7. I don’t trust men with limp handshakes. Thanks to BC Career and Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski. I usually refer to this when I meet new people and when I go to job interviews.

8. Don’t be afraid of rejections. For me, this applies to job hunting. The first job I applied to was City Year. I was sad that I didn’t get the job because the organization had everything thing I wanted at the time. It made me hesitant to apply to other jobs because I was worried that I didn’t have any valuable skills. But it opened more doors for me to look for other jobs.

9. Be persistent. I lost count of how many jobs I applied for and only a few responded back to me. Maybe I wasn’t good at applying. In the end, I landed a great job that changed my life, being a teacher at a daycare.

10. Stop searching for your passion. Let’s be real here, most people don’t know what they want to do in their life. And that’s okay. My thoughts on passion changed after I watched this great TED Talk.

11. Confidence is when you are not afraid to be silly. I learned this from a youtube video and it all made sense.

12. It’s okay to be weird. Honestly, everyone is weird.

13. Don’t be afraid to speak up. 

14. I may not be perfect but parts of me are pretty awesome. This applies to you, too. 😀

15. You find your self-worth within yourself. You don’t need anyone to determine your self-worth.

16. Forgive others but don’t forget to forgive yourself.

17.  Healing takes time. It’s always difficult at first. 

18.  Use sadness as your motivation. We all get hurt at some point in our lives. When I’m sad, I use it as my motivation to find things that will make me happy and forget the pain. I took up running again, I went out to meet new people, and felt more motivated to study Japanese.

19. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, but an example of strength.

20. You have to take responsibility for yourself and your actions. There’s no need to make excuses.

20. You never know what someone is going through, so be kind.

21. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. I learned this from a dear friend when I was got hurt by significant other.

22. Learn to have self-compassion. It takes time.

23. Quality over quantity. I love meeting new people and it’s not difficult for me to make friends. But I realized that I have a few amazing friends and I’m happy about that.

24. Surround yourself with people who encourages you to be the best version of yourself.

25. Love yourself.

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