24 Life Lessons From 24 Years

by Mary on April 22, 2010

It’s my birthday.

I’m 24 years old today.

I remember turning 23 and looking at my life (single, underemployed, living at home, fat).  Some things have changed since last year, like becoming self-employed, falling in love, and losing weight (again).  I’m still living at home but it’s just temporary until I move to New Zealand. So really, everything has changed. 23 was a great year. I have a feeling 24 will only be better.

1. You can do anything you want.

2. Life is what you make it. It’s up to you to make it good.

3. Not everything is going to come easy. The best stuff definitely won’t.

4. Losing weight is extremely easy. And extremely hard.

5. Weight loss is mostly a mental game.

6. Losing weight doesn’t solve everything. Solve the underlying problems first.

7. Taking care of yourself is important.

8. Take other people’s advice with a grain of salt.

9. Ask for help when you need it.

10. What you achieve is up to you.

11. Opening up to people is scary but worth it.

12. Doing something is almost always better than doing nothing.

13. Exercise is the key to happiness and healthiness.

14. Drinking water is completely underrated. Drink more.

15. Diets do work, they just don’t last.

16. It’s easy to make excuses. It’s also pretty dumb.

17. Comparing yourself to others doesn’t get you anywhere.

18. Competition can be fun, but it’s not everything.

19. Be yourself always. Embrace you and don’t try to be someone else.

20. Your body size and shape does not define you. What you do defines you.

21. You are never too busy, fat, stupid, old, tied down, or anything else to change your life.

22. Starting is half the battle. The other half is just pure persistence.

23. Finding love is the best thing ever.

24. Life is awesome.

There are a million more, but 24 lessons in one day is enough, right?

I’m off to celebrate the birthday. Make today a good day!

{ 29 comments }

1 Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Love #15. So true.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
.-= Lauren @ Eater not a runner´s last blog ..fun day in the city =-.

2 Jordanna April 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Thanks Mary! Great post and Happy Birthday!!
.-= Jordanna´s last blog ..New Bloggity Colours =-.

3 Sarah April 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Happy Birthday Mary!!!!!! Your life lessons are amazing, and so true. Treat yourself well today, you deserve it!
.-= Sarah´s last blog ..Bug in Mouth Disease =-.

4 Sam April 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Congrat’s on all your success, and all you’ve learned! Thank you for sharing it with the world, we need more people like you in the world. HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!!!
.-= Sam´s last blog ..Celebrating Success!!! =-.

5 Gemfit April 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Mary, you are the smartest 24 year old I know. I wasn’t that smart at 24.

Have a SUPER DUPER AWESOME day and spoil yourself!
.-= Gemfit´s last blog ..Giving up chasing cars =-.

6 Diana April 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I love this.
Happy birthday Mary! :)
.-= Diana´s last blog ..Sunny days and good friends. =-.

7 sara April 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Happy birthday :)

8 Anna April 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Happy Birthday Mary!!!
.-= Anna´s last blog ..Yippie Another Wednesday Weigh In =-.

9 Heather April 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Happy birthday. I hope this year you learn to see your own beauty!
.-= Heather´s last blog ..Fruit for dessert =-.

10 Alison April 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Happy Birthday, I hope 24 is everything you could wish for, including that move to be with a wonderful guy.
.-= Alison´s last blog ..Who would have thought walking would make me sore… =-.

11 merri April 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Happy birthday!! I hope you are off doing something really fun right now! Or just relaxing (if youre like me and like to downplay your birthday). See, I told you you were mature and stuff for 24 instead of a mess like most 24 yr olds. Listen to how smart this blog is! :)
.-= merri´s last blog ..White Party Part 1 of 2: Saturday =-.

12 Lori (Finding Radiance) April 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Happy Birthday!!
.-= Lori (Finding Radiance)´s last blog ..Hello Shape Magazine! =-.

13 Janna April 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Happy Birthday Mary!
.-= Janna´s last blog ..Fun, Sunburned, and a Farmer’s Market… =-.

14 Erin April 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday, Mary!!!
.-= Erin´s last blog ..Fast Cars and Scale Freedom =-.

15 Hollie April 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

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16 Craig April 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Happy Birthday, mary!! I love your list. 24 will be a great year for you…I got a feeling :)
.-= Craig´s last blog ..My First 5K! (Results!!) =-.

17 Carol April 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Happy Birthday! I think you’re very wise for a 24 year old. It took me until I was 40 to figure out most of what you already know.

18 Nica April 22, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Happy Birthday! May this year be even better than last!
.-= Nica´s last blog ..Wednesday Workout Bonanza =-.

19 Janet April 22, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Happy Birthday! Here’s to another year of health and happiness!
.-= Janet´s last blog ..Janet’s Rules for Healthy Living =-.

20 Michelle@eatingjourney April 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Happy Birthday!
.-= Michelle@eatingjourney´s last blog ..You May Just Change Someone… =-.

21 Jojo April 22, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Love the list, Mary! Happy Birthday again!! Can’t say it enough or talk to you enough lately :)) Hehe. You’ve got me thinking of my own 24 life lessons I’ve learned. I’ll be sure to put up an entry when it’s my turn in December. You better believe I’m putting my blog back up before then! :D

Happy Birthday and I love you, Mary!!!

22 Bella April 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Happy birthday! I hope you have an amazing year.

23 Cammy@TippyToeDiet April 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Happy Birthday, Mary!
.-= Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog ..Earth Day 2010: Come ,Sing With Me! =-.

24 Shannon April 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Happy Birthday Mary!!! You have come so far and should be thrilled about what the next years hold for you! Good things my dear and you deserve every wonderful thing possible in your life!
XO

25 Karen April 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Awesome list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it.

Hope you had a wonderful day… and that next year is the best one yet. :)
.-= Karen´s last blog ..Why I’m resisting returning to Alcoholics Anonymous =-.

26 janetha April 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry i am late to the party, hope it was a great day!
.-= janetha´s last blog ..guest post thursday! k keener. =-.

27 Miz April 23, 2010 at 5:00 am

I hope it was a fantastic day mary.
.-= Miz´s last blog ..MizFit, NASCAR, & The Ellen Show. =-.

28 Anele April 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

Hope you had an amazing day and I know that 24 will be the best year yet!!

29 beej April 26, 2010 at 11:06 am

These are great! I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say #15 so perfectly. Awesome!
.-= beej´s last blog ..Week 55 =-.

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