5 things I learned while I was 25

5 lessons learned while I was 25

Today I turn 26. Here, I present some life truths I learned this past year. They are MY life truths, anyway; some may apply to you, too.

Thou shalt always wear a bra. You never know when you might have the urge to take a dip in a river.

Eyeshadow makes the best eyeliner. That’s for ease of applying, specific colours, and staying power.

Even old dogs can learn new tricks. Who knew my stance on pets would change so dramatically last year? A month hanging out with five dogs on a farm and I’m a goner. Or that I would embrace merino, overcoming my deep-seated aversion to wool. Seriously, merino is the most amazing fabric – despite all the pieces I’ve read (and written my fair share of) about various NZ companies doing amazing things with merino clothing.

I am probably always going to feel somewhat conflicted about my race. I never know quite how to feel when a shop assistant approaches me and greets me in Mandarin, or a random person (security guard/bus driver/passerby) chucks out a ‘Ni hao’, or an Asian person comes up to me on the street and starts asking me something in a language I don’t understand. Also, in a weird way I’ve finally come full circle; knowing Chinese would definitely be a boon at my job – though even if I’d been interested in learning it as a kid I don’t think I would have been very successful.

Aspiring to more is what defines me. I’ve been thinking about this (inspired by Natalie’s post) and decided that the one thing that best sums me up is I’m always looking to the future, thinking about what comes next and how to get there. And to that end, I’m also starting to think beyond my own little selfish bubble. With age, I’ve finally begun to truly understand how people become political. My top passions are still words, travel, and personal finance (and food might sneak in there too) but increasingly, urban issues are becoming a real priority for me. So much so I’m starting to wonder how I might be able to work in that space at some point down the line. I aspire to live in a world class city, and I feel like Auckland has made so many strides lately; we just have to start working on transport and housing. What we need are more sustainable choices – investing in transport beyond new roads, and bringing the standard of properties up to a basic humanitarian level.

4 thoughts on “5 things I learned while I was 25

  • Reply debs@debtdebs July 9, 2014 at 00:39

    Happy Birthday! It’s really something how life experiences mould you. You’re so young and will no doubt experience other changes as you age. I think it’s kind of neat that you grew to love dogs. I find dogs easy to love and I have a boyfriend test rule for my daughter’s to use involving cats. I always ask them to find out if any new guy they are dating likes cats. To me, guys that don’t like cats might have some issues. I just don’t have a good vibe about them. Cats are cute, but they are not always easy to love. To me, a guy who cannot appreciate a cat for what it is has confidence or self esteem or bravado issues. Don’t ask me why I went there… free thought… free spirit. 😉

  • Reply Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans July 9, 2014 at 10:08

    Happy belated birthday! I didn’t think I would like dogs until the BF got one, and now I’m 100% a dog person! Old dogs can definitely learn new tricks. Also, we’re not that old 😉 (I’m around your age)

  • Reply Clarisse @ Make Money Your Way July 9, 2014 at 15:38

    Belated happy birthday! “Thou shalt always wear a bra”, before when I’m here at home, I didn’t usually wear a bra, but when I had an unexpected visitor, I ran immediately to our room and quickly wear a bra! 😀

  • Reply Sarah Greesonbach July 29, 2014 at 07:26

    The final bullet point jumped out at me — that’s so cool! I totally get that feeling of seeing how world/local events are playing out and seeing that you might have a place or a role in them. Go for it!

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