Seven things I’m glad I did before turning 22

I’m officially 22 now! God, I’m not ready but there are some things I managed to do before hitting that double twos and there are some things I’m actually proud of. Yes, that’s right I’m proud of myself for slowly becoming the woman I always wanted to be. And I’m not afraid to say it out loud or even scream it on a top of a mountain.

  1. Travelled a bit before going to uni – I had a great opportunity to see a fair share of the world before settling down in one place for three years. Thanks to travelling on my own I grew up a bit faster than I would’ve and I was able to get used to the university life faster since loneliness and being responsible for myself were not something new.
  2. Living in a house share – it really does teach you a lot about yourself and shows how sometimes you have to compromise in order to live in peace. Also I never knew how quickly a kitchen can get that messy. Also there is nothing better than coming back home to your friends and knowing that there is someone in the house at all times and you are never alone. It gave me a sense of security and peacefulness even when I wanted to kill every single one of my flatmates. I’m going to miss every single one of them.
  3. Studying at art’s university – even though now I know that choosing journalism and creative writing for my major wasn’t the best idea and I should’ve thought it through a bit more than I have. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy writing but it’s more of a freelance hobby kind of thing rather than a full-time job to me. I could realise that thanks to university as I started exploring different options, stopped modeling for three years and discovered how badly I miss the fashion industry and that doing a degree that would tie in with my job would’ve been a much better idea.
  4. I learned how to love myself for who I am – and I can be an awful, selfish person but it’s okay. Everyone should put themselves first as long as they are still polite and considerate when it comes to other people’s feelings. In order to have other’s fall in love with you you have to love yourself first because you are the only person who has to spend every second of every day with yourself for the rest of your life.
  5. Cooking can be fun – and also way healthier and cheaper than eating out. I used to hate cooking when I was living back home but now I can’t imagine going through a week without even one home-cooked meal. It also made me want to learn more about healthy diet and what we can do to make our bodies grow healthy and strong.
  6. I started making playlists with my favourite songs of the year – it sounds stupid but – listen – it’s hella fun going back to soundtracks you loved a year or two ago. They can bring memories and make you feel the way you felt when listening to the song for the first time. I treat it as a sort of diary written in a code only I understand.
  7. I got rid of toxic people in my life – and never looked back. I learned that sometimes it’s not worth sticking around someone who doesn’t care about you as much as you care about them. Cut the toxic people off, get rid of people bringing you down, forget about people who don’t help you to grow.