23 Things I Learned in 23 Years

So it’s my birthday tomorrow! And I am turning 23 years old (or… young…), and I had quite the eventful life. To celebrate my first birthday blogging, I decided to post everything in my favourite colour, purple, throughout the month of February, and dedicate this post with twenty-three things I’ve learned every year of my life, in no particular order…



You are your biggest critic. Cut yourself some slack every now and then.


Say yes more. It’ll prevent those ‘I never do anything fun’ feelings. Even if things turn tits up, at least you’ll have a story to tell!


Don’t take texting too seriously. One emoji too many means nothing.


Remember that you don’t know everything about a person’s life. Everyone has their own battles. Don’t jump to conclusions. Be sensitive.


Scream-singing alone in your car can fix a lot of things. So can a long shower… while scream-singing alone. Can you tell I like scream-singing alone?


Sometimes you need to let go in order to be happy. Not necessarily forgive or agree, but accept that you can’t do anything about it. Move on.


You are capable of so much more than you think you are.


Some things aren’t worth getting upset over. Don’t ruin something good over something that will be irrelevant in an hour.



Your friends will talk about you and get annoyed with you. It doesn’t mean that they don’t care about you. It means that they care more than you think.


Things are cool, but experiences are cooler. Spend your money wisely. (But treat yourself sometimes too. But not too excessively.)


Sometimes good people do bad things. You can’t expect a person to be anything more than just a person. Nobody is perfect.


You have to work for what you want. Both big and small, nothing is going to change unless you take action. Happiness is in your hands.


Different doesn’t mean better or worse. It means different.


You don’t have to please everyone. And don’t try so hard to do so, because people will notice. Say no when you have to. Take care of yourself.


Surround yourself with people who build you up and make you want to be better.



Keep at least €200 in your savings account for emergencies. Because, you know… emergencies happen.


If you feel like something needs to be said, say it. It’s better to go that route than to let things eat away at your mind.


There is always more to learn. You will never know everything, and you are never done growing.


Stand up for yourself. The way you let others treat you reflects how you view yourself. Be strong. Don’t let people treat you like shit.


Compliment others at least three times a day. It feels nice to be nice. Treat others as you would want to be treated.


Make sure that the important people in your life know that they are important. Make sacrifices for them, check in on them.


Accept that sometimes bad things happen for no reason at all. You can’t help it. All you can do is keep the ball rolling.


Take things a day at a time. Don’t stress about the future or how things will turn out years down the road. Focus on the now.

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From Claire's POV

20-something year old. Blogger. Aspiring writer. Teacher's Assistant.

8 thoughts on “23 Things I Learned in 23 Years”

  1. I think it’s wise to evaluate what we’ve learned at various points in life. Whether recording it in a journal or on a blog it will be fun to re-visit when you’re older and see what stays the same and what changes.


  2. Very entertaining! I enjoyed your musings as I am way past 23. Getting it all out is good but writing it down helps too. The emoji thing really made me laugh as I saw recently some people consider it cheating if you send a winky emoji lol.


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