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Things I've learnt since turning 20

A lot of people tell me, 'you're still so young' 'you have the rest of your life ahead of you', and yes maybe I do. But turning 20 is the end of an era - out of your teens and into your twenties. The next ten years is when we do the things we want to do; see the world, get your dream job, meet the love of your life, maybe get a mortgage. It's a scary decade in your life where you create the life you want. Here's a list of things I've learnt since turning 20:

  • It's important to appreciate the little things
  • Sounds cliche but take care of the people you love and don't take advantage of their existence because you never know when they'll be gone
  • Don't waste your time on people that don't matter, concentrate on your true friends
  • I've already started saying things like "back in my day"
  • Making money is important and mostly reassuring 
  • I was one of those that hated PE at school, but now I enjoy exercise. It makes me feel good!
  • You will come across many different characters in your lifetime - good and bad. 
  • Taking time off work is important
  • No matter how hard I try, I will never be a size 8
  • I don't even like drinking anymore. Sometimes I'm out with friends and I will order a glass of water with ice and lemon! Alcohol makes me feel unhealthy.
  • Friends is my favourite programme and always will be
  • Success = happiness
  • Be proud of what you have achieved so far
  • Spend money on experiences, not things
  • Be open to change - everything happens for a reason
  • A smile can go a long way
  • Life isn't perfect

What have your learnt in life?


  1. I absolutely adore this post, Gemma. I would agree with pretty much all of your points! I've been over 20 for quite some time now (27) - gulp - but I think you're feeling the same as me about many things.

    I don't enjoy drinking alcohol anymore either, and haven't touched a drop for around 3 years now. It's incredible how you develop over time, and the things that meant so much to you in the past don't really mean anything at all anymore. I think it's important to be yourself. I wish I'd learned that earlier, rather than trying to impress people in ways I thought they would like.

    I agree that success = happiness too. I also think the quest for success can be a really enriching experience, and as the number of "friends" dwindle over the years, I enjoy sharing my life with the people that really matter to me.

    I think it's great that you're so obviously experienced at your age, and I do wish I'd have been the same as you at 20. I've only just started out on my blogging journey, for example, and hope to create something as worthwhile as your blog.

    Feel free to come and say hello sometime! :)

    All Things Manchester

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! It's comments like yours that make my blogging worth while :)


  2. I totally agree with the "spend money on experiences, not things"!

    Ana Leote


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