25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years


As of yesterday, I turned 25. And as the old expression goes, I’m entering what’s considered the “quarter-life crisis.” To be honest, though, I feel like I’ve already experienced with this past year, as a 24-year-old, but perhaps it’ll get more intense with each year from now on. While I’m getting older with each passing day, I’m also getting wiser– I can say that I’m no longer as naive as my 20 or 21-year-old self, and that I’ve toughened up some since then. Still a process, however, but it’s better than nothing.

Any case, I’ve decided to compile a list of 25 things I’ve learned in my 25 years. I’d done the same in last year’s post, and there might be overlaps, but I’ll see if I have new thoughts to impart to you. Far from being a wise, old sage, but I try! Here they are:

25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years

1. Hangovers are overrated.

2. It’s okay to splurge once in a while.

3. Always pay a bit more for nicer things (e.g. wine, furniture, shoes).

4. You can’t make everyone like you.

5. Mistakes aren’t all that bad; most people could care less that you messed up.

6. Don’t waste your time with people who wouldn’t give you the time.

7. It’s good to have a budget.

8. Getting out of the house once in a while really helps you rejuvenate.

9. Children suck (but not all of them).

10. Teenagers suck (but not all of them).

11. Avoid living with complete strangers; you don’t know whom you’ll get!

12. Never take shit from others.

13. You have the right to treat people the way they treat you– good or bad.

14. Sleep is fantastic (why hadn’t I thought of this before?).

15. You can’t relate to teenagers or college students as much anymore.

16. It’s amazing how much weather can affect your mood.

17. Daydreaming is good for de-stressing.

18. A break from the Internet can be very refreshing.

19. If you imagine the worst, the reality is never that bad.

20. How travel is such a white-dominated industry.

21. Never take things personally.

22. Showers are incredible after a long day of work.

23. You’re a lot like your parents more than you think.

24. Thinking in “what-ifs,” rather than absolutes makes life a lot easier.

25. Keep it simple, not complicated.

…and there you have it! What are some things you’d add to the list? Thanks for reading, and enjoy your week. 🙂

— The Finicky Cynic

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17 thoughts on “25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years

  1. Happy Birthday! 🙂 Hope you had a great day.

    This is indeed a great list. I was somewhat close to having the same thoughts at 25.
    I wish I had traveled more in my early 20s.

    For you I would add- think less and do more, take care of your health once you cross 25 and hit 30 because you’ll realize your body changing. Stop worrying about what others think, especially relatives, whom we tend to give a lot of importance for nothing! This is for every 25 year old out there.

  2. Pingback: 26 Things I’ve Learned in 26 Years – The Finicky Cynic

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