Today I turn 25.
Last year I compiled a list of things I learned over each year I’d been alive. If I did that this year you could have a book. The things I’ve learned during my 25th year are beyond a post’s capabilities. So instead I present you with my manifesto. My mission statement. A compilation of the things I’ve learned that I want to live by.
Experience stillness every day. Take a loud, deep breath and feel utter silence and pleasure with your own company. Make time to be alone. You can’t hear yourself think or make your own decisions if you’re constantly listening to other people’s. (Plus, you’re sort of fun to hang out with.)
Have a coffee, eat chocolate when the craving hits and drink wine without stressing about the size your ass.
Be receptive. Don’t cross your arms, don’t get defensive, don’t argue. You don’t have to take every piece of advice you receive, but if your ego is too big you don’t give yourself room to grow. That said, trust yourself enough to know what’s best for you and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. You can be receptive without being a doormat.
Travel the world. See everything you can possibly see and make friends there. Experience the people and the sights and the food and culture and make the whole wide world filled with many of your homes.
Say yes to everything at least once. Then, if you don’t like it, feel 100% okay with saying “no” for the second go-round.
Don’t give a shit if people like your taste in music/books/movies. People only judge because they have a copy of Twilight stashed away somewhere.
Stop spending time with people who don’t help you grow, laugh and smile, while making you feel supported, cherished, inspired and respected. Everyone else – while I’m sure they’re lovely – are a waste of your time.