24 Life Lessons From 24 Years

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!

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  1. says

    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 =-.

  2. Carol says

    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.

  3. Jojo says

    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!!!

  4. says

    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!