As this is the '5 Year Memory Blog' from the ages of 25-30, we thought we'd share some of the lessons we learnt from the ages of 20-25!
We both love reading posts like this, so we thought we'd make our own list. I'm sure we'll learn a good few more over the next 5 years, but hopefully experiencing some of these will have helped us!
- It's OK if you don't get into your first choice of Uni. Everything happens for a reason and we have two great friendship groups to prove that.
- If you don't go to Uni with your boyfriend/girlfriend, it isn't the end of the world. Some long term/long distance relationships DO work. And some don't. Everyone is different!
- The time you have with people is priceless, and so is your youth. Enjoy every moment you can with the ones you love, because one day they might not be around.
- Do not write everything you think and feel on Facebook and Twitter like it's a fleeting comment. People are watching and reading, even if your profile is 'private'.
- Don't take your eyes off the road. Not even for 5 seconds. It only takes 1 second to write your car off.
- Don't drink a whole bottle of shots through a straw. You will be back in bed for 10pm.
- Doing commercial work is not selling your artistic soul. It's a respectable career choice.
- It doesn't matter if you move back home when you finish Uni. Sometimes there are overdrafts to pay off and driving to learn!
- When 1 door closes, another opens. It really does.
- You will inevitably drift apart from people the older you get. It doesn't mean that you are not friends anymore.
- Communication is key when making work contacts. Getting people's mobiles numbers is important to stay connected.
- If someone breaks your heart, you can forgive them.
- If you break someones heart, they can forgive you.
- Make budgets and check your bank balance. You will spend all of your money on Nandos and the cinema if you don't.
- Hard work and good time management really pays off. Stop with the all nighters. Sleep is important.
- Keep on top of your health. You are no spring chicken anymore.
- The clock going forward becomes your favourite day of the year.
- You understand your parents and the choices they have made.
- There is no point comparing yourself to other people. They have things you want. You have things they want.
- Sharing a house with strangers who turn into best friends can be extremely irritating and also the best time of your life all at once.
- Just keep applying! That job is waiting for you!
- Being honest is important.
- And most importantly... "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one simply remembers to turn on the light."
We hope this has helped some of you reading that may be younger, and figuring out your 20s. For those who are our age, what have you learnt?