22 Things I Learned By 22

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on April 18, 2016


Today is my 22nd birthday. Over the last year, I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself, what I am passionate about, and what I see in my future. Your early 20s are special because you’re developing more every single day. This year especially, I learned so many things in life. And I am glad I learned this advice at a young age.

In honor of my birthday, I thought I would share 22 little lessons I’ve learned by age 22. I am still working on some of these things in my personal life, but I feel that we are all constantly a “work in progress.” So, here’s some life wisdom I want to share with you.

1.Things will work out the way they’re supposed to.

2. Never strive to be someone else. Instead, become a better version of yourself.

3. You need to take care of yourself before you can help anyone else.

4. Dwelling on the past will not help you presently.

5. There’s always room for improvement.

6. Accept yourself and love yourself.

7. Make your health a priority.

8. If you don’t like something, change it.

9. If someone wants you in your life, they will make an effort to have you in their life.

10. If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.

11. Your passions aren’t silly. They are your calling.

12. Friends should never make you feel bad.

13. Learning is something you should never take for granted.

14. If you can’t get a miracle, be a miracle for someone else.

15. Don’t go to bed with makeup on. Don’t go to bed mad at someone.

16. When in doubt, make a list.

17. Always look at the big picture. Whatever is bothering you won’t matter in five years.

18. Don’t feel pressured to be perfect. Being your genuine self is perfect enough.

19. Breathe. This too, shall pass. Take life one day at a time.

20. You can’t plan for everything in life, and that’s perfectly okay.

21. Being present is so special. Practice it daily.

22. Give yourself a break. You’re doing the best you can.

I feel like this last year has taught me so much about the type of person I am, and the type of person I want to be. These lessons and pieces of advice have allowed me to grow as a person, and I hope you can learn something from this list as well!

What life lesson or piece of advice can you add to the list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Kelly Stillwagon

    I’m about to turn 33 and still haven’t really learned these lessons yet. You are much smarter than me.

    • Not at all true! We all learn different lessons at different stages of our lives! It has nothing to do with intelligence. I’m sure there are plenty of things you could teach me that I don’t know, too! Thanks so much for your comment, Kelly.

  • Amy Saunders

    These are great lessons! I especially love 7, 12 and 15! Thanks 🙂

    • Thanks, Amy! I feel like the makeup tip is definitely something every girl should take seriously, haha! Thanks so much for your comment.

  • Love this and such great lessons! I especially like the one about looking at the bigger picture and not focusing so much on petty things. Happy Birthday!

    • Thank you so much, Cara! I think it can be easy to get trapped worrying about the little things, which is normal sometimes. But, it’s always important to put things into perspective in life. Thanks for your comment!

  • Precious Chiduku

    Beautiful lessons!!! I love 7, 11, 18 and 21. Very inspiring, thank you for that

    • I felt like there were so many lessons where I thought: “Wow, I could write an entire blog post just about this one piece of advice!” Thank you so much for your comment; I appreciate it!

  • Kathryn Miller

    Such a wonderful list! I just turned 23 and I agree that many of these lessons are ones I’ve learned as well. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    xoxo – Kathryn
    Down-Home Damsel

    • Of course, Kathryn! So happy to hear that you enjoyed this list!

  • kp

    Oh, to be 22 again *sigh*
    I think #9 is my favorite on this list, although they are all VERY true and tough lessons to learn

    • Thanks so much for your comment! Number 9 was definitely a tough one to learn, but it was so important to learn and accept at a young age.

  • Kayla Cruz

    LOVE THIS! #2 all the way, baby! Happiest of birthdays to you! Here’s to many more lessons being learned this year! xoxox, Kayla http://www.lostgenygirl.com

    • Thank you so much, Kayla! I appreciate your comment so much. Yes, I love number two–always be the best version of yourself!

  • Number 11, YES! Visiting from the Peony Project

    • Lovely to “meet” you from the Peony Project! Thank you so much for your comment!

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    Happy birthday! My favorite is that everything happens for a reason and you’re not given anything that you cannot handle.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more! i love that advice and I do think it’s an important lesson to learn early in life! We are capable of handling a lot! Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Such amazing things to have learned! Wishing you the best for this coming year!

  • Melanie @ Gather for Bread

    Happy birthday! What fun advice. Great things to ponder and consider. Yay to #18!
    Hello from Peony Project!

    • #18 I hold very near and dear to my heart. I hope to teach this lesson to as many people as possible! Thanks so much for stopping by, fellow Peony!

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