Life Lessons, Memories & Experiences

27 Lessons

The 4th May 2019 is my 27th birthday. I’ve learned a few lessons over the years, some of which are quite important, some of which are just little things I’ve picked up. So for a special birthday post, I’ve compiled a list of 27 things I’ve learned in my 27 years. Enjoy, and maybe even learn a little something.

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1. Don’t balance on the edge of your dad’s pond…you will fall in. And when you’re 6 years old it will be traumatic AF.

2. Just because it’s your birthday party it doesn’t mean you get to win the prize at Pass the Parcel, no matter how much you cry.

3. Keep your fingers out of the way when you’re putting more staples in a stapler.

4. Always keep your bag on you when you’re on a night out.

5. Sulking, crying or having a full blown tantrum are NOT effective ways of getting what you want.

6. Actually ask for help when you’re struggling in maths.

7. Some of the cruellest people you’ll meet will be the girls on your netball/rounders/basketball/any other sports team during P.E. Don’t worry about being a tattle tale – those bitches need taking down a peg or two.

8. Just because the other kids make fun of you, you shouldn’t quit learning to ride a bike.

9. During crappy times will be when you realise who your real friends are.

10. Worrying about all of the possible outcomes to something will stop you from enjoying the journey.

11. Your GCSE choices do matter. Choose your subjects wisely.

12. Just because your teachers tell you to go to university, it doesn’t mean it’s the best option for you.

13. Don’t give up on your dream career because you feel you’re “not clever enough.”

14. Don’t let a fear of losing your friends keep you in a crappy job. If the friendships are strong enough you’ve nothing to worry about.

15. If your contact lenses are uncomfortable, take them out.

16. Don’t drink 2 bottles of cheap wine during your first month of taking SSRIs.

17. On the same note, don’t drink yourself into a stupor on the first night of a holiday. Especially when the holiday is only 4 days long.

18. Contrasting prints are NOT a good look. As demonstrated below.

Me Age 8 wearing huge round glasses, a multi coloured tie-dye top and a purple floral patterned skirt. The look on my face says I am beyond thrilled with this outfit. It looks horrific.
Fashion Disaster August 2000

19. The best ideas for making something amazing can still turn out to be fucking horrific – take the birthday cake 15 year old me made for my Mum’s 50th birthday.

A crappy attempt at a birthday cake I made for my Mum's 50th. It's supposed to be a while cake with red and yellow icing hearts and a royal icing cat on top. It says "Happy Birthday Mum" in very shaky lettering, and generally looks like it's been thrown together.
The ultimate cake fail – March 2007

20. You’re never too old to watch a Disney movie. If anything, you appreciate them more as an adult.

21. When you don’t have kids, booking 2 weeks off work during the summer holidays is a ridiculously idiotic decision.

22. You don’t need to spend all of your pocket money on a Jane Norman bag.

23. Enjoy all those years where you don’t have periods. You’ll soon regret all those nights you spent crying because all of your friends have got their first.

24. Whenever you’re on a night out, stop drinking after midnight. I’ve only recently started doing this and it makes a huge difference to your hangover.

25. Your real friends will be the people who see you at your absolute worst and still love you.

26. Love is finding someone who still wants to kiss you after you’ve thrown up…at least during the first few months of a relationship.

27. Talking about poo is the mark of any quality friendship.

14 thoughts on “27 Lessons”

  1. These are the best! I was one of the first in my class to get her period (or at least be open about it) and I would watch the girls wishing they could get theirs and be “grown up” and just inwardly shaking my head at why they wanted something so messy and painful (I suffered from really bad cramps).


    1. I used to get so down over it – I didn’t start until I was 15 while my friends were a good year or two earlier. I was the same as you – I had horrendous cramps and they were so heavy they kept me off school on several occasions. Definitely wish I could tell younger me to chill out a bit! 😂 Thanks for your comment 🙂

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  2. I really loved reading this and agree with a lot of them, especially enjoying the years without periods! I was one of the last friends to start my period and I was quite jealous in a sense that I hadn’t had my period yet, my God I’m glad I started quite late!!

    Emily | Snippets of Emily’s Life xx


    1. I was so jealous as well – looking back it’s ridiculous how much I let it get to me! Definitely with you, I’m so glad I started later as well. Thanks for your comment 🙂 xx


  3. This post made me laugh, feel compassion and was totally relatable! I am only 17, but can really relate to a lot of these. I did A level maths and HATED it because I was too afraid to ask for help. I am not going to uni at it is the best decision I have ever made. I am doing an apprenticeship full time so will take your advice about time off and school holidays, and go mid-term 😉

    Em x

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! I’m glad you found it relatable and that it made you laugh – I barely passed GCSE maths so hats off to you for doing it for A level! I’m glad you’ve found what you want to do as well – so much emphasis was placed on how uni was the right way to go and I feel it really was pushed on us but it’s definitely not for everyone. Best of luck with your apprenticeship! xx


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