This past year or two I have spent time thinking about things I wish I had accomplished when I was younger. I suppose everyone has these feelings and to a certain degree it is completely normal, but I just thought I would share my thoughts with all of you today. As cliché as it sounds I’m getting closer to my dirty thirties (deep breathes) and it’s true what they say, your younger year go by in the blink of an eye. I’ve gather some points that I hope will encourage some of my younger readers to branch out and explore the world a little more. You’ll find they all go hand in hand with each other.
- Studied more: If someone had have said this to me when I was a teenager, I probably would have given them a dirty look and an attitude. I hated being told this as all I wanted to do was my own thing. However, when it came to my A-Levels and particularly when I attended University; I quickly realised I should have taken school seriously. It takes the pressure of panicking about whether or not you’ve been awarded the grades to get into uni and your chosen course. If not, this can create a massive obstacle for you if you wish to move into third level education.
- Degree courses: This coincides with my first point. Had I have worked harder and looked at my university choices with a serious mind frame, I definitely would have enjoyed it so much more. The course I had chosen was not best suited for me but I decided to finish it anyway. Now, don’t get me wrong my degree has opened up doors for me and stood by me with my chosen career path. However, I would have much preferred something more related to fashion or marketing.
- J1 Visa: After graduating from University I had no idea that students could apply for a J1 Visa. The scheme allows you to work in America for one year after finishing uni and it’s something that I regret not applying for. To be honest, not many people in my year group was aware of it (or maybe that was just me), the main aim was to finish and get a job. I definitely wish I had have explored this further.
- Travel: I know a lot of people who took a gap year and travelled around the world or before/after graduating and others who just packed up their belongings and migrated to Australia. Without getting too personal I had a lot of personal things going on with my life in my early/mid twenties so unfortunately travelling wasn’t the best road to take. Although I have taken some amazing holiday’s and have seen beautiful places. Without a doubt I want to continue going on adventures to locations I’ve always dreamt of.
- More sociable: Partying. Yes I’ve spoken about how I wish I had have been a little more serious about my education but when I attended uni and worked myself into the ground, the course I was studying left no time for socialising. I look back and envy those who had the perfect balance of working hard and partying hard. Going to weekend festivals, living in the student dorms and indulging in lots of clubbing is a ritual. At the start I partied but then struggled to keep up with work. As long as you don’t neglect your work then you can enjoy a party or two.
- Less Naive: Friends. Or people who I thought were friends. I wish I had have listened to advice that was given to me about understanding how some people will play on your young mind. I was easily manipulated at times and believed people were truly looking out for me. Now I’ve made mistakes growing up (as I’m sure we all have) but it’s only now that I’m becoming more comfortable and content in my own skin. I’m lucky to have a great group of friends who I can turn too but I guess this is just one of life’s learning curves we all go through.
I know this isn’t my usual style or beauty post but it is something that I’ve wanted to share for a while now. I’m sure I’m not the only one who goes through the motions and it is normal to look back and wish you had done some things differently. That’s just part of life.