In my final few days as a 26 year-old, I’ve spent some time reflecting on all that I have learned from the past 360 some days. I know that every year we get older, we supposedly get wiser, so I figured I would share with you my favorite lessons learned from year 26.
- Not all bottles of wine are created equal – thou shall check the alcohol content prior to consuming half the bottle.
- A 26 year-old body is not the same as a 16 year-old body – thou shall not start any exercise regimen as though they were 16 again.
- Skinny people can get cellulite too. So can skinny 26 year-olds that have not exercised since they were 16.
- Exercise can actually be addicting (it’s not just an evil marketing conspiracy to get you to join a gym). Bringing yourself to start exercising is not addicting. I wish it were.
- Sugar can be addicting too. After trying to break my sugar addiction, I have a new-found appreciation for anyone who successfully gave up any type of drug, cigarette or alcohol addiction. I thought losing Ben & Jerry’s was bad…
- Life is short and nothing is guaranteed. If there is something you want to do, something you want to tell someone, someplace you want to go, etc., do it now!
- If you’re not happy with something, change it. If you’re not going to change it, then shut up.
- I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a significant other and a friend before anything else.
- Stopping to enjoy the little moments every day does make a difference. Laughing every day is the cherry on top.
This past year has been an incredible experience. I started the Change Challenge and worked on growing and getting outside my comfort zone. I’m went from a banal couch potato, to a slightly audacious adventure seeker who has a new outlook on her approach to life. I enter year 27 optimistic and eager to see what I can accomplish given another 365 days.