10 Before 20

As I am approaching my 20th birthday, here are 10 things that I’ve learnt in the past 20 years.

1. We are allowed to dream. But there are times when sacrifices have to be made in order for dreams to come true. It sucks, but you have to follow the rules if you want to win the game.

2. You can read as many philosophical books as you want, but you’ll still be broken if you don’t risk hurting yourself to pick up the shattered pieces. Working through emotions is painful – soul wrenchingly painful. But you gotta do what you gotta do.

3. Yes, other people’s photos may look pretty on the internet. But you’ll never get anywhere if you’re so busy obsessing over their lives that you forget about your own.

4. There is no rulebook for life. So do whatever you want no matter what people say. Own it while you’re at it.

5. You don’t have to be perfect. In fact, trying to be perfect was my downfall, like it has been for so many years. Make mistakes. Heck, make as many mistakes as it takes for you to get to where you want to be. Just make sure you stand back up every time.

6. The words that we have to hear the most can be the most difficult to accept. It’s easy to block out the world, to run away from everything when you’re hurting. But you’ll have to stop and face the truth somehow. It’s only a matter of time.

7. The magic happens in the in between – the grey area. The part where you get a bit of everything. The part where you get to experience all the ups and downs in life.

8. Maybe some of us are destined to be wanderers. We may not have everything figured out. We may not know what we want. But we know to follow our hearts.

9. What we don’t like about other people is usually related to what we don’t like about ourselves. The negative words that we say about others reveal more about ourselves than them.

10. The things that we worry about on a daily basis are extremely insignificant in the grand scheme of things. That plane you thought you might miss? When you worried about how you look in that dress? How many of those things do you still remember today?

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Weekly Snapshot 24.01.18

Quote of the Week

“Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.”
― Cheryl StrayedTiny Beautiful Things

Beautiful quotes like this makes my heart sigh. It’s like knowing that everything is ok and that you’re not crazy for feeling the way you are.

I was caught up in thinking how the past me would judge the current me so badly because I am so far from where I thought I would be now. But then my friend reminded me that people change and that’s ok. My 19 year old self had no way of knowing how my life would play out for the many years to come. Change is uncomfortable but I’m getting comfortable with the discomfort.

 

Book of the Week

Inward by Yung Pueblo

I admit, I have slightly cheated with this because it’s more-so a collection of poems than a book, which makes it an incredibly quick read. Nevertheless, I still wanted to share this since it is filled with gems of wisdom.

I’ve followed Yung Pueblo on Instagram for a while now. Not sure how I stumbled upon his work, but he is definitely an underrated poet on social media. All of his poems include messages that every single one of us need to hear right now. Here are a few of my favourites from his Instagram feed.

 

Photo of the Week

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This is a prime example of how I like to take photos of weird things. There was a gorgeous view of the ocean right on the other side of this. But no, I decided to turn around and take this instead. My favourite thing about photography is being able to show the beauty in things that people usually disregard.

 

Sonf of the Week 2

Gold Digger – Kanye West and Jamie Foxx

This is extremely random and completely unlike me. The song literally just came up as I was listening to an old ‘favourites’ playlist of mine on the way to the gym. It made me smile so I thought I’d put this in.

That is it! Have an awesome week everyone!

I Believe.

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I believe in miracles, magic and angels. You may call me naive or silly, but I call it being hopeful. Being hopeful despite the pain. Being hopeful despite the hurtful things people have said. Being hopeful despite every opportunity for me to give up. Being hopeful despite life knocking me down numerous times.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. That the Universe only gives you obstacles you can handle. That everything is a lesson. That the Universe always has your back.

I believe the Universe works with us, not against us. That we can manifest anything we want, as long as we ask for it. That we have to be our own greatest supporter, for there will come a time when no one else will do it for you. That any dream can be turned into reality.

I believe in miracles, magic and angels. You may call me naive or silly, but that is what got me through the tough times. That is what kept me going even though I was exhausted from fighting. That is what helped me see the light when the world seemed dark and empty. That is what lit a spark in me to do what I’m doing right now – to reach people through my writing.

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