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Mid-Twenties Realizations

I found this entry sitting in my drafts folder, completely forgot about it and now I’m trying to figure out if this was something I wrote on my own or leeched off the internets. It’s been 2 years and I am now 27, but all of it still applies to me. Funny how it says “approaching” mid-twenties when the truth is that I’m past that and actually approaching my thirties. Oh dear.

A few things I learned & realized, now that I’m approaching in my mid-twenties:

  • Yes, people turn 25 27. They live it, and they get over it. So get over it. It’s okay to feel young forever. Age is just a two digit number.
  • Write things down. You never know what you forget.
  • You don’t have to feel guilty or sucky for not having the life your social media friends have. You have your own. And if you wake up each morning healthy, with a roof over your head, food to eat, a job to go to (plus points if you love it), friends & family who care and love you, then you are considered one of the richest people in the world.
  • Indulge. If you make your own money, then you deserve it. Don’t feel guilty for what you spend as long you know your limits.
  • Save some money for a rainy day. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the long run.
  • Don’t waste your time dealing with people who are not worth it. Cherish those who are there for you and be there for them too.
  • What is truly yours, will eventually be yours. And what is not, no matter how hard you try, will never be.

That’s the extent of what I wrote (yes, I will conclude that I did write it). Pretty refreshing now that I look back on it all, especially since I’m going through something not so great right now. I wonder what I was going through that time to write something like the last point. Piercing through the chest and straight to the heart.

It’s another one of those entries that’s so great to look back to and something I will definitely need to remind myself on a daily basis. Life’s not all flowers and butterflies and I’ve always said this to friends who have a hard time dealing with life’s complexities is that you need to feel this way in order to appreciate the good stuff. And that’s something I need to always remember.


  1. I loved reading this Justine! I myself just turned 26 and can relate to *everything* you’ve written. Some days, it’s really hard to not fall victim to comparison- it seems like everyone is always doing something new, eating something fabulous, wearing the nicest shoes and plastering it all over social media. My life isn’t as glamorous. But, on the flip side, I’ve been with my husband for 9 blissful years, am healthy, and have the most supportive family. That’s the important stuff right there. Great reminder, thanks for sharing! Sending good vibes your way- whatever you’re going through- you’ll come out on the other side.
    All the best!

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