14th August 2019

What I’ve Learnt So Far

It is pretty brazen for me to say, on the cusp of turning 25, that I am so wise and have learnt a lot from my pretty short life.

But I *have* learnt some pretty nifty things in my nearly quarter of a century on this planet and I think they are pretty useful.  

Don’t expect anything about this post to be philosophical, more silly little life lessons that I have picked up that serve me well. 

Without further ado…

How to prevent spots 

I have always been relatively prone to spotty skin, with contraception making my face spot city. After trying every bloody product under the sun, I eventually just started to adopt new habits and luckily, apart from a few breakouts around my period, I have clear skin most of the time.

To prevent my spots I always change my face cloth, using a new one every morning and every night. I regularly change my pillowcase and I’ve stopped touching my face (the hardest one as I do constantly sit with my face in my hands at my desk).

I always make sure to use a balm to take off my makeup – never use wipes! (I use Ultrabalm my Lush) and I exfoliate my face twice a day.

Finally, I never ever squeeze a spot with my fingers. The urge to squeeze is hard to fight, so if I really do need to get a spot, I’ll use cotton buds or tissue.

Always carry snacks, water and a book. Wherever you go.

This just makes good sense. The two worst things that could happen to me is boredom and hunger. There is probably, no definitely, far worse things, but boredom and hunger are pretty high on my list. 

Learn to drive – as soon as you can afford too

When I was 18, I attempted to learn how to drive, even to the point where I took my theory test. Turns out, I really didn’t enjoy driving and half-arsed it – giving up before I went to university. I convinced myself I could learn while at uni, but as anyone who has been to university knows, you are poor and spending money on going out and food seemed more important than driving lessons. ANYWHO. Fast forward to my graduation and as I was applying for jobs that weren’t in a city where public transport is actually *good*, having a driving licence seemed really *really* important. 

After a few health problems that prevented me from learning how to drive straight away, about a year after I graduated I finally started to re-learn how to drive. Nearly a whole year later, I passed my test and I can honestly say it has changed *everything*. I am no longer reliant on shitty public transport, I can come and go as I please and I can just *do* more. Travel to concerts, see friends when I like and pop to Mcdonald’s drive-throughs when the mood strikes.

Honestly, someone should have sat me down at 18 and told me to just pass my bloody driving test. It is SO worth it.

Life can change in a moment – so stop freaking out 

Shortly after my 23rd birthday, I got ill. Very ill. And all my plans for what my life would be like just went out the window. I spent the last three months of 2017, in and out of the hospital, feeling so sorry for myself and grieving for the life that I thought I may have.

Turns out, I’m really bloody lucky because a) although I have a chronic illness, it isn’t nearly as bad as the card some people are dealt and b) when I got ill, it put *everything* into perspective. Life can change in an instance and once you are able to appreciate that not everything can be planned, it is incredibly freeing.

Office politics *matters*

After working for a couple of years in an office with a small team, I have come to learn that office politics really does matter. It’s annoying and you feel like you are selling yourself to the devil a little bit, but playing office politics, in the long run, will make your job much less stressful.

Not getting involved with work-place drama, keeping your head down and being polite to all the right people (even if you want to punch them in the face) will make your life easier. Trust me.

So. There you have it. My little pearls of wisdom. What is one piece of advice you would give?