Hi! So I’m turning 24 today, and it’s freaking me out because I am just going to get older. But let’s not look at the negative side. For every bad thing about turning 24, there are many more good things, too. I know that many adventures are waiting for me and I don’t have to worry about school, exams or jobs anymore. I feel like I can do anything I want to without worrying about “responsibility” just yet, well, I do have some but not the major ones.
I never really looked back at what I’ve learned when I turn a new age, but this year I decided to give it a try. Here are 24 surprisingly things of turning 24:
1. Sleep is underrated.
When I was in college, I stayed up until 2-3 am to watch Netflix and went to an 8 am class just fine. Now, I can’t even stay up past midnight. As you get older, you’ll realize the importance of sleep.
2. Water is important.
Coffee and milk tea were my best friends in college and now- water. I actually feel dehydrated if I don’t drink enough water. And guess what, drink a lot of water can help you lose weight, too.
3. Say thank you.
I say this a lot, and I like this habit because it makes the people around me know that they’re being appreciated. We love it when others thank us, right? So let’s treat others the way we want to be treated, and thank you is a great way to start.
4. Say sorry.
It’s probably easier to say thank you than sorry because we all got pride. It was hard for me to admit that I was wrong and to say sorry. But as I get older, I understand the importance of my words, and saying sorry might not be bad after all. It’s ok to be wrong; we all make mistakes. That’s where we learn and grow.
5. Sugar is bad
I just discovered this about a year ago when I started gaining weight. One of the causes was sugar, of course. As I mentioned earlier, I used to drink a lot of coffee (sugary ones) and milk tea, and I started to feel the side effect, so it’s time to look for alternative healthy drinks.
I used to worry about school and having a job that I didn’t get to travel at all. Now, traveling is a must-do on my list every year. My goal is to travel somewhere every month even if it’s close-by because the things you see and learn are real-life experiences that can’t be taught in school or work.
I love traveling, but that doesn’t mean I don’t save. In fact, after paying my loans, the first thing I do is saving because you never know where life takes you and when you are going to need money. So it’s important to have some secured savings.
8. Read more.
I started to appreciate books and blogs as I get older because that’s where I opened my eyes and learned a lot of vocabulary. Find a blog or a newspaper on subjects that you’re interested in. It can increase your knowledge.
9. My skin is changing.
I hate to admit this, but my skin is changing. I feel that my skin is very sensitive now, and if I skip cleansing or moisture for just a day, I can definitely feel the difference. It’s essential to take care of your skin early.
10. Keep learning.
I learn a lot from reading, and I like that because there’s always something new, and if you don’t keep learning, you will fall behind. With all the new technology, it’s good to learn some skills like coding or social media marketing. You’ll never know, it might become handy someday.
11. A habit that keeps you healthy.
I just picked up running again in the last 2 months, and I feel so energic and happy. I used to be very gloomy because I had all these built-in energies that I did not what to do. So either it’s running, yoga, or swimming, find a healthy habit that keeps you moving. And when you exercise, your body releases endorphins and helps trigger a positive feeling in the body and makes you happier!
12. A habit that makes money.
Let’s be honest here. We all like making money, right? I’m working part-time at a nail salon over the weekends to earn extra cash. So either it’s saving, investing, selling a thing, or getting a part-time job, find a habit that can help you earn extra money.
13. A habit that keeps you creative.
I write this blog as a way to keep myself creative. I go out looking for topics, writing, and designing artworks. It keeps me being creative in a dry insurance world that I work in. So either’s drawing, singing, or making jewelry, keep looking for the creative side inside you. Who knows? It can help you make money, too!
14. Family is the most important thing.
Without my family, I am nothing, and I wouldn’t be who I am today. Knowing there’s someone always behind my back and support me all the way makes me feel like I’m mattered. Remember to love your family like they love you and always have time for your family.
15. Learn to say no.
I think this goes to a lot of us. As a society, we want to appear helpful, so we say ‘yes,’ and of course, we want people to like us and so we tend to go with the flow. Unfortunately, when you say yes but would prefer to say no, you’re saying no to yourself, so learn how to say no! It doesn’t mean you’re being disrespectful or selfish; it just means you’re being true to yourself and your belief.
16. Take time learning what you want to do.
I did not know what I wanted to do until junior year in college, so take your time learning what you truly love because that’s what going to make you happy in the long term. You can certainly get a job that makes easy money but if you feel like you have to work, then are you really enjoying your job? Follow your passion because that’s what will make you successful.
17. Spend wisely.
Very similar to saving is to spend wisely. I used to be a shopaholic and buy everything when they are on sale. As I get older, I’m starting to be more conscious of what I buy and how my buying behavior can affect the environment. I suggest investing in long-term and well-made products that cost a little more but have longer life cycles.
18. Treat yourself.
This is my favorite thing on this list. YOLO! You only live once, so why not treat yourself nicely? It doesn’t mean going all out; this means taking a trip for yourself, have a nice meal, buy something nice, go to the spa once in a while. There are many ways to do this. Remember, you deserved it!
19. Don’t take yourself or others too seriously.
I used to take everything so seriously and never enjoyed jokes, which I realized makes me stress more. So why not just go easy and take things less serious? It will make you feel much happier. Life is short, so have fun!
20. Learn to forgive.
It’s always easier to hate than like, right? I started to change my perspective after seeing too much hatred in this world. It’s actually very tiring to hate, also. By forgiving, you are letting go of your grievances and judgments and allow yourself to heal.
21. Don’t compare yourself to others.
Each person is different so instead of saying why I don’t have that, why can’t I be like her/him, try saying: What are my dominant features? What am I good at? If you constantly compare yourself to others, you’ll never be happy. The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday. Remember, you are unique; there is only one version of you in this world! Show what you are made of.
22. Don’t let negative people bring you down.
I have been situations where people have told me that I’m not good enough or pretty enough, and that really brought me down. As I get older, I started to ignore that and learned how to be happy with myself. So don’t ever let people tell you that you can’t, or you don’t deserve it. Be around positive people, who support you, who you can share happiness and downfall with.
23. Have a goal. Never stop, never quit, and never give up.
This is my motto in life. It’s always good to have a goal even if it’s a small one. If you accomplish a small one, then you can push for even bigger goals. If you fail a goal, get another one. It’s important to keep pushing ourselves regardless of what limits are presented. Remember, winners never quit!
24. I’m an adult. Be responsible for your actions.
Lastly, I hate to admit this, but I’m officially an adult or finally feel like one, even though it’s 6 years after the official age that society declare-18. I started to think about my responsibility in my family, my community, and society. I began to be careful of my words and actions because I know there are consequences to them. So think of your responsibility to the people around you, the environment, etc. because one small act can have a lot of effects.
Thanks for sticking through this long post, but I hope you enjoyed it and find some of the tips helpful.
What have you learned since you turned a new age? Let’s share in the comment section below!
Until next time,