Sunday, 30 October 2016

27 Thoughts on Being 27.


It's my birthday! I'm finally 27 years old. As I'm a massive cliche (and also because I don't have much time - there is lots more celebrating me to be done) it's only right that I share my thoughts on this momentous milestone.
  1. Beth, remember when you were like 13 years old and obsessed with Nirvana? You had all those Kurt Cobain posters on your wall and thought he was the most absurdly tragic romantic figure of all time? When you thought that you wanted to be famous and part of the 27 club? Yeah, you were a fucking idiot back then.

  2. I'm literally three years away from 30. How has that actually happened? I swear I'm still 17 in my head. There's so much I expected to have done by now, and lol I've done none of it. Oh well, here's to another year of lying to myself that I'll accomplish something meaningful soon!

  3. Seriously though, it's been over four years since I graduated from university. I had this whole plan of where I'd be by now, and it's not happened. Things change - what you want from life changes constantly. Honestly, I'm glad I didn't pin myself down to one option. 

  4. I really should start taking my skincare more seriously. I fully expected to have silky smooth skin until I hit 50, at which point I'd *gracefully* age like Nigella Lawson or someone. I didn't expect to be worrying about how foundation emphasises my laughter lines or how the crevice at the bridge of my nose now doesn't even disappear when I relax my face.

  5. Talking of which, can we please discuss grey hair? Cause I'm fairly sure I'm not supposed to have this much of it yet. I know that those beautiful silvery-haired goddess types are rocking their looks, but this wiry bird's nest is not ideal.

  6. Realistically though, none of that actually matters to me. Okay so Mila Kunis might be 33 and still look younger than me, but that's fine, cause the lady in Asda sometimes still IDs me so I can cling to youth for a little longer.

  7. Who knew I'd be entering my late 20s already settled with someone and married to them? Some people have the time of their lives dating in their 20s, but that all sounds like so much hard work. I am glad I've had someone to share the struggles of being financially and emotionally unstable with.

  8. My mental health issues weren't just a 'teenage phase'. Maybe I'll have to deal with it forever, but I feel strong enough to handle it now. I think I'm finally through the worst, and I have learned so much from the experiences. 

  9. I've realised I don't really like or need that many people. Weeding out the toxic influences, letting go of people I just don't care that much about, and saying goodbye to people who don't have my best interests at heart has been a much more rewarding process than I imagined. I no longer have to waste my precious time on bad vibes.

  10. Talking of precious time, I'm probably like a third of the way through my life already (if I'm lucky!). I feel very aware of that and like I finally need to start taking bigger risks for better rewards. I've been my own worst enemy for decades now and I would hate to take that into my 30s.

  11. In the same vein, nothing worth having comes for free. Maybe it's time to make more of an effort? (Spoiler: it definitely is. It was time five years ago).

  12. Someone told me that 27 is meant to be the year you're at your peak physical fitness. I literally laughed in their face. However, it would be good to get my shit together on that front this year. 

  13. I should also probably pick up some real hobbies. People are always asking me what I like to do and "nap" is becoming a bit of an awkward answer.

  14. I seriously need to at least attempt some of the things on my 30 before 30 list. I started this blog in the hopes of doing things that would occasionally push me out of my comfort zone, and would bring me a sense of fulfilment. I think that list would be a great place to start. Even silly things like watching a broader variety of movies could lead to inspiration and a burst of creativity - and who knows where that will take me?!

  15. I'm a complete homebody - and that's fine. I don't need to go to bars or clubs to have fun, and I don't have to justify it to anyone. In fact, I'm probably too old to be going to most of these places now anyway.

  16. Hangovers really do suck when you get older, and alcohol becomes so much less fun.

  17. I finally know my own mind (on some things at least) and I don't have a problem defending my beliefs, such as not changing my name when I married, and openly addressing that I don't want children. I used to be a lot more worried about what people would think of me; now I don't care anywhere near as much.

  18. I care about things I never thought I'd be bothered by, like mortgage rates, pensions and politics. I'm not even ashamed of it.

  19. No argument is worth the pain anymore. I used to thrive on drama, and get involved in stuff that didn't even concern me. I just feel exhausted by it now. You're probably never going to change the other person's mind, just don't bother. If it's a serious thing, stop hanging out with that idiot. Other than that, let it go. Life is way too short to be bickering.

  20. When I was a young teenager, I didn't ever think I'd actually want to go hang out with my family. Now they are basically the only ones I want to be around; even if they're rude, at least they're upfront about it.

  21. Similarly, I no longer have time for not knowing where I stand with people. Either be in my life, or don't. It's that simple. Also, this isn't high school. If you're talking behind my back I will find out and I will move on. Don't put up with people who don't treat you the way you deserve.

  22. You always find time for the people and things you want in your life. If you don't have time for something, you need to be honest about whether it's that important to you anymore. And if it isn't, that's not the end of the world. People drift apart and our paths in life change. You'll be fine, and memories last forever.

  23. I get more open minded and more curious as I get older. Nothing is certain, and I bloody love that. Why would anyone even want to know it all?!

  24. People often make me feel like I should have everything figured out by now, and I don't. Not even close. I don't think anyone really does though, which is quite reassuring.

  25. It's such a cliche, but you really are in charge of your own happiness. There are a lot of choices you can make to improve how you feel - sometimes I'm guilty of avoiding opportunities in order to wallow in misery. Quit it, you're only wasting your own time.

  26. Karma is fucking real. Be nice to people.

  27. I'm honestly the happiest I've been in ages, and I am loving being 27 already. Bring it on.
Being 27 is nowhere near as awful as I'd imagined it - I'm just hopeful I can cram in a few more exciting events before the big 3-0!

What have you learned from growing older?

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  1. Happy birthday lovely! Hope you've had a fab day :) I really enjoyed this post, it's lovely to see how far you've come and what you've learnt over the years!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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