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26 Things Learned By 26

May 17, 2017

I turned 26 this weekend. I was going to write one of those “X Things Learned By X Age” posts to make the #SundayBlogShare the day after. However, I forgot I can’t handle spirits, so on my birthday celebrations the night before, I drank a load of homemade cocktails and vodka-and-mixers during predrinks, then more vodka at the club. Was a good night, but ended up spending the next day in bed feeling like my head was about to split open, and running back and forth to the bathroom vomiting.

Sooo that’s why the post didn’t appear on Sunday. But I thought it was a cool idea, so here it is now.

26 Things Learnt By 26

    1. Work hard in school. Yeah being studious isn’t cool, but a lot of those “cool” kids end up in prison, and those “geeks” end up earning 6 figures.
    2. Don’t get too sucked into friendship drama. A few years from now, you won’t even know those people.
    3. Learn a language while you’re in school. It’s such a useful skill and much harder to pick up later in life.
    4. Don’t touch a python with a huge bite out of it’s neck. Although, it does make an amusing story.
    5. Drinking is great, but try and pick up a constructive hobby too. Preferably one that involves exercise.
    6. Again, drinking is great, but it’s best to drink an entire litre bottle of Strongbow to yourself. Or half a bottle of vodka. Actually, maybe just steer clear of spirits in general.
    7. Don’t panic if you don’t have a boyfriend by 16. Or 18. Or even 25. It may feel like you’re the only one, but trust me, you’re not.
    8. Having said that though, having a boyfriend is great, so make sure you go to a university where the gender ratios work in your favour.
    9. City universities are usually a better idea in general.
    10. But take a gap year beforehand. And travel in your holidays. It’s harder to find the time once you start work.
    11. Don’t waste time on guys who aren’t that into you. If you’re showing interest and he’s not reciprocating, drop him and move on. If a guy likes you, you’ll know.
    12. And seize new opportunities. Talk to new people. If you make out with a guy and you’d see him again, offer your number. Don’t rely on your immediate social circle.
    13. Anyone in a relationship, or worse still married, don’t bother with. He’ll flirt with you for an ego stroke, but he’ll never be your boyfriend.
    14. If a guy’s not that into you, don’t take it as a hit to your ego. You’re not ugly, or boring. You just weren’t his type. But you’ll be someone else’s, don’t worry.
    15. Don’t bother with friends who aren’t that into you either. Whether you’re trying to ignite a new friendship and they’re not fussed, or your former BFF has lost interest after finding a boyfriend or cooler friends, if they’re not enthusiastic, don’t bother.
    16. Likewise, cut off flaky friends. Your time is valuable and anyone who doesn’t appreciate that should be binned asap.
    17. If someone disappears on you, as in making a plan with you and failing to show up with no explanation, even if it happens just once, cut off contact with that person immediately.
    18. Start a blog while you’re at university. You’ll never have that much free time to spend on it ever again.
    19. Don’t get hung up on the “dream job”. Find something you’re interested in that pays the bills. Then pursue your passions in your spare time.
    20. There are jobs outside the big graduate schemes. Probably better jobs.
    21. It’s a good idea to get some work experience while you’re still at university. But don’t worry if you don’t, you can do it afterwards.
    22. Don’t make out with/ do stuff with/ have sex with anyone you don’t want to. Anyone who tries to shame you for that is a knob and should just be ignored.
    23. Don’t try and have sex with someone with a 9 inch penis if you’re not aroused.
    24. On the same line, it’s a good idea to get into sex toys before you have sex to avoid the “sausage through a keyhole” experience.
    25. Stand up for yourself. Call out bad behaviour.
    26. Have confidence in yourself. You are great. Who cares if insignificant people think otherwise?


  1. What life lessons have you learnt? Let me know in the comments!

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    May 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Love this post! I laughed at “drinking is great but pick up a hobby” lol I know a few of those type of people where drinking is their hobby- yike

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      May 18, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Yep- I used to be one of them!

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    May 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Don’t let anything from your past hold you back.

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      May 18, 2017 at 4:33 pm


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        May 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm

        Just a little something I’ve learned in my 26 years….

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    Samsam Cherie
    May 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    “Don’t make out with/ do stuff with/ have sex with anyone you don’t want to. Anyone who tries to shame you for that is a knob and should just be ignored” – SO AGREED. Especially because if the making out happens in public and then you wish you hadn’t, you can’t show your face there for at least a month. lol if not more! #lifelessons

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      May 18, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Yeah, I hate the awkwardness/ people taking the piss after you make out with someone!

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    Corinne & Kirsty 🌸 (@corinnekirsty)
    May 21, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    This is such a great list! We started our blog while still at uni and now that we both work, it is quite hard to keep up. also, the dream job thing… the dream job will come after few years, just be patience and gain some experience! xx corinne

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    bethany dean
    May 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Love this! So true about boys and friendships too! I’m 21 and I’ve only just realised who matters because life really is short! x

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      May 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Haha, 21 is young!

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    May 29, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Love this! Especially agree with the language one – I never felt confident enough to give it my all and wish I could speak another language!

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    June 12, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Great read 🙂

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    Jen Seriously
    June 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Great advice and good for you for figuring these out by 26. Some of them took me much longer!

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