With my 20th birthday approaching, an impending milestone, I have been reflecting on all I have learned in my mere two decades on this earth. Some things I have learned from family and friends, others from strangers offering sage advice. So here is a small compilation of some of the most invaluable lessons that I have learned so far:
1. Manners are Free
This I learned from my wonderful Gran. Say please and thank you, it won’t kill you. If someone holds a door open for you then say “thanks”. If you’re ordering a coffee, say “please” to the person taking your order. Manners are really just human decency, and no one will ever have their day ruined by the person that was polite to them.
2. You are not beneath any kind of work
Working, especially in a shitty service job from a young age is character building, and teaches you a lot about people. You will never look down at someone on a checkout or in a retail job if you’ve done the work yourself and know how hard it can be.
3. Love isn’t all glitter, hearts and roses
True love isn’t your boyfriend bringing you flowers, it isn’t fancy dinners or any other rom com bullshit. True love is you lying in bed, un-showered, no makeup, legs that haven’t been shaven for a week and a half and your vagina reenacting the opening scene to Deadpool, wallowing in self pity and uterus cramps, and your boyfriend bringing you a heat pack for your angry reproductive organs. THAT is true love.
4. Earning your own money is amazing
I learnt this from my mum. When I was 13, I wanted a mobile phone, but my mum point blank said she wasn’t going to pay for it so if I wanted one, and wanted to be able to afford credit, I had better get a job. So I took my 13 year old self out and got myself a weekend job earning $5 an hour, which has paved the way for my whole working life. If you want something, work for it.
5. Naming your pets human names in 100% more hilarious than naming them non human names
Honestly, a dog named Gary is more exciting than a dog named Spot. No other explanation needed there. My cat is named Fred. Winning.
6. Try all the food
Steak wrapped in bacon is delicious, lentils and tofu are delicious. And vegetables are SO delicious. Learn about food, learn to cook it, learn what is actually nourishing for your body and learn which ‘superfoods’ are really just expensive time wasters. Food is so magical, never let your palette be bland!
7. Age don’t mean a thang!
I learned this one from a lady I’m guessing was in her late 50s, early 60s that I encountered at my supermarket job a few years ago. I was serving her