Wednesday, 14 October 2015

24 Things I've Learned in 24 Years

On Saturday (10th October) I turned 24. 24! I still feel 17. When did I get so old?

They say with age comes wisdom, whoever 'they' are, so despite feeling terrified at the prospect of being 24 years old, I thought I'd share some of the things I've learned in life so far.

1. It doesn't matter if you're born bald, your head will make up for that hair in later life until you're shedding everywhere.

2. It's pronounced 'plowing', not 'pluffing'.

3. Don't fight land rovers. Unless you're bionic, the land rover will win.

4. It's true: you really will never get over Sirius Black.

5. Trying hard at school does pay off. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

6. Pessimism will get you nowhere. Shitty things happen - that's life - but expecting things to go wrong doesn't make you any more mature than the optimists.

7. People who tell you you're too old for Disney are dead inside.

8. It's true that most politicians aren't worth trusting, but it's still worth voting. If you want the world to be better then help make it better.

9. Feminism is not a dirty word.

10. Dinosaurs are still cool.

11. It's okay if you don't know where your life is going; adulthood is a myth.

12. You'll know who your real friends are.

13. Wasps are evil. EVIL.

14. As the youngest sibling, it's your biological imperative to irritate your sisters/brothers.

15. Moving is scary, but staying in one place your whole life is scarier.

16. Support other people's passions, no matter how bizarre they might seem to you.

17. Religion and the Church are not the same thing. The Church is flawed, but the majority of religious people are lovely.

18. Don't ask for your friends' advice if you're not going to take it.

19. Daytime tv is literally the worst.

20. Be confident when applying eyeliner - it can smell fear.

21. 'Happy and Healthy' includes mental health, too. Take care of yourself.

22. There's no such thing as 'too many books', only too few shelves.

23. Hair grows back. If you want to cut it, cut it.

24. 24 is not old.


  1. Happy belated birthday Jess^^ You're still young, don't worry too much about it ;) I happen to think that we all get better as we get older anyway. You learn to know yourself more and be trued to yourself in the process!

    I love your 24 things you've learned. Especially the one about Sirius Black (sniff), voting, Feminism, eyeliner, mental health, books and hair :D You're very wise for such a youngling ;) I hope you had a wonderful and bookish birthday ♥

  2. Aww HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I looove these! I agree that adulthood is an absolute myth. Because I still have not discovered it :) #15 is really fabulous, and inspirational. And true. The eyeliner thing made me laugh hard, and then be glad that I don't even really know what eyeliner DOES :D And #22 is absolutely spot on.

    And as someone who is older than 24, 24 is NOT old :) It's all relative anyway, right? Hope your day was amazing!!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. Thank you, Shannon! ^_^

      You're right - you're only as old as you feel! ;)

  3. Happy birthday! :)
    I agree with your realizations and some made me laugh (is there a story behind the land rover one?).
    I hope you celebrated with lots of cake and books!

    1. Thank you! :D

      Haha, there is actually; I was hit by one on the way home from school when I was 12 and broke my leg in 2 places. Now I know better than to try and mess with them. ;)

  4. Happy Birthday! I turn 24 this month too! *birthday buddies*
    I really like this list that you have come up with to celebrate your birthday.
    4,7,11,22,24 are my favourites, and the ones I think apply most to me. Also, I suck at eyeliner too! :(