Disclaimer: All the pictures are taken from the internet.

Turning 21 is a huge milestone. It is the first step in a person’s journey to adulthood. For the past few weeks, I have been self-reflecting on what I have learned over two decades of my existence. Here, I am sharing a list of the 21 things I’ve learned before turning 21:

1. Learn to love your body

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2.  Always smile when you are in a familiar surrounding

“Better to be the one who smiled than to be the one who did not smile back.” P.s do not underestimate the power of a smile, it can make someone’s day 🙂

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3. Always carry cash with you, even if it is a dollar….

it is always a  good idea to carry at least a little cash with you for emergencies and unexpected costs. There are few places where cards are not accepted and also it is not a bad idea to have the cash for tips. Sometimes, your cards might not even work or what if your car breaks down and you might have to take public transport? There are plenty more reasons but I hope you get the idea.

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4. Drink coffee and tea instead of soda. But drinking soda once in a while does no harm.

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5. Dressing well helps…

as Kate Spade has said, “Never underestimate the power of a good outfit on a bad day.”

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6. Do not let movies and books fool you, life is completely different than the one they present us…

it is pretty self-explanatory but sometimes we can get caught up in the picture perfect, cute, thrilled, magical and adventurous life they deceive us with.

7. Take pictures, a lot!

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8. You cannot go your life trying to please everyone and worried about what others might think of you.

9. Take a deep breath to control your anger…

it is a very useful practice! When you get angry, practice the ‘pause;” pause before talking back to the person and take few deep breaths. Many of us say hurtful things to the other party because we build anger within us, so it is better to let your anger go even if the other person hurts you because you are not a reflection of their actions. You are your own person!

10. Take a vacation from your phone and computer at least once a week

It is quite challenging to detach yourself from your phone and computer especially in the age of technology but remember “what you give the power to has power over you.” Go for a walk, read a book or try to talk to your neighbors. Do not let your personal gadgets control your life.

11. Do not get scared of growing older! “It is a privilege denied to many.”

12.  Although it might be hard, try to step outside your comfort zone. You will learn a lot and have fun as well.

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13. People will hurt you but that does not mean you are any less of an awesome person.

14. Always offer beverages to your guests who come to your house. Otherwise, offer them food or snacks. In short, Do not let them go empty stomach!

It is a very polite gesture that was taught to me while I was young.

15. It is okay to return things

We all have been there—wanting to return (an) item(s) that we purchased on a whim but are feeling shy to return it. Until I started working at a retail store, I was scared/ uncomfortable to return stuff that I simply didn’t like after trying at home. That job taught me a lot: patience, productivity, communication and last but certainly not the least that it is okay to return stuff that you don’t like.

16. Try to have a habit of waking up early. If you are not an early bird, at least make an effort to wake up by 9 am.

17. You cannot always control things. At those times and days, just go with the flow.

18. Occasionally eat outside. Go on an adventure to find cute rustic coffee shops and nice restaurants.

19. Explore! but start with your own town first.

let’s travel our own city first to find tiny hidden parks, ponds, rooftops, rustic coffee shop, apartments with a view of an ocean, where we will stand and dismiss the passing time while admiring the beauty of our own locality.

20. Do not expect a lot from anyone because expectations lead to disappointments. It is rather nice to be surprised than be disappointed!

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21. Do not get so busy with your life that you cannot make time for your loved ones

You should not take your family and close friends as a comfort that you appreciate only when it is no longer there for you, the way you might think of medicines when you are ill.

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6 thoughts on “21 things I have learned in 21 years

  1. Wow !! Dear you are so creative and inspiration to all …. keep going 😘😘😘😘 and allow us to read more and more


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