22 Things I Learned in 22 Years

by - November 15, 2018

Two years ago I did a post called "20 Things I Learned in 20 Years" and I thought this year I would relive that and rewrite some things and add some others that I find more important now since it'll be my 22nd birthday next Sunday. Even though I'm an adult I still feel like people treat me like a teenager because I don't look as old as I actually am and that's one of the reasons I'm trying to change my style a bit and look a bit more mature.

1- Take advantage of people that underestimate you. Work hard and let them be because once they realize your presence, you're already on top.
2- Don't rely on anyone for support. Keep trying to achieve your goals even if no one supports you.
3- In a world full of negativity, educate instead of spreading hate. If somebody is saying or doing something wrong, tell them and talk to them instead of judging.
4- Learn to give second chances. Everybody makes mistakes, nobody's perfect. If the person apologizes and learns their lesson, there's no reason why you should hold on to things from the past.
5- Never stop fighting for what you believe in, the future depends on you and your convictions.
6- Stay true to yourself. There's always room for improvement but never forget what your essence is.
7- Take care of yourself while you're young. Use a moisturizer, drink water, take breaks when you have to before you hit exhaustion.
8- Do everything in your power to be kind. Just because a cause is more important to you than another, that doesn't mean you should only care about one and not the other. You can do more than one thing at a time, stop making excuses.
9- You matter. You might be just one but you're one in many. Never think that you don't matter because you do and your actions can take part in something much bigger and can help a lot.
10- Take care of the people you love. As you grow they also grow and you'll need each other just as much as you used to.
11- You don't have to please everybody. Not everyone is gonna like you and that's okay.
12- Life isn't a competition. Don't compare yourself to people your age who might've already achieved their goals. Work hard to get there instead of looking at what others are doing.
13- Be careful where you spend your money. You don't know when you're gonna need it the most.
14- Set goals. Life works better for you if you know where the finish line is.
15- Always admit your mistakes. Not enough people do it, be different.
16- Stick to what you believe in and don't be afraid to speak up about it.
17- Seize every opportunity. You'll never know which one is gonna make you fly the highest.
18- Make time for what's important. Some things might seem important at the moment but when you look back they weren't really that important so next time, remember that.
19- Experts know what they're talking about. One of my pet peeves is seeing people who have no idea what they're talking about giving advice. Listen to experts and not people who just want to be right.
20- Trust your gut. It can save you from dangerous situations or just help you out with something silly but either way, it's important to trust your gut.
21- Trust the universe. This might sound stupid coming from someone who doesn't believe in God but I've noticed that when I'm in a difficult situation, something turns it around. I don't know if it's the universe or what it is but never break down over something terrible because there's still hope something good will happen.
22- Lastly, be more open. Let your guard down more often. Let people in.

I hope you're having a great day,
Marta Ribeiro xx

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