21 Lessons + My Birthday Journal

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After having the absolute worst Easter weekend of my life, and no, I’m not exaggerating, I was living in week old pajamas with an unwashed face, unkempt hair and just a significant low mood, (I have a history of self-neglect with low mood) it was time to rise from the ashes, or for me, rise out of uncleanliness and begin again.


I was born 21 years ago today, on a pretty average Thursday, (I’ve come to really dislike Thursdays) in the UK. This year many things were different, I was going into work after a 4 day holiday, when usually I’d be stressing over exams and hustling, and there were just more lovely souls in my life that I’m glad I got to spend my special day with.

A quick rundown of my day, I came into work to find out the internet was down and just spent my time taking pictures as memories, then I headed with 2 work colleagues and a close friend to eat out for lunch (I was full after having eaten a home-made cake a work friend made, but I stuffed myself anyway). I laughed and just felt like a social butterfly that was grateful for the people I have in my life. Then I headed to university and applied for 5 jobs (yes, I adulted even on my birthday) and played coloured Jenga with a friend.

Despite having gone through so much pain not long before and feeling like I had no purpose, no reason to live, I decided this day for me would be mindful and full of positivity. For the most part, it worked.

“What defines us is how well we rise after falling”


21 Lessons I Learnt at 21

I know 21 to many, especially to those older than me seems like a naive young age, an age of making mistakes, of failing, of learning and a common theme in my life currently, about rising from the ashes. In a way, I feel old and young all at the same time, despite society’s pressures we should never stop making mistakes or putting ourselves in new environments. For the past few years I’ve decided to look inward, to become more introspective and I’ve compiled a list of 21 things I’ve learnt about myself, about the world and just in general how to function as a human being.


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