24 Things I've Learned in 24 Years

❥Physical health only makes up a fraction of what it means to be healthy.

❥Take care of yourself first and you will have the emotional resources to truly love and take care of others. (Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting anyone else!).

❥Tahini and jam is better than peanut butter and jam. Use rye bread, raspberry jam and sprinkle a bit of sea salt on the tahini side.  

❥Most people are either lonely or afraid of being lonely and we all need each other, even though most of us don’t admit to it. 

❥If you go to France, don’t try to hug anyone. Cultural differences can be awkward as hell.

❥Be clear and communicative about what you need and don’t apologize for it.

❥DO talk to strangers. 

❥You can start again at any moment of any day.

❥Don’t take things personally. Someone’s outward negativity will generally be a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves on the inside. But…

❥Sometimes YOU are in the wrong. If this happens, admit to your mistakes quickly and gracefully. Don’t try to salvage your ego by justifying what you know you’ve done wrong. Just own up to it, forgive yourself and move on!

❥Don’t go on the scariest ride at the German beer fest when you are drunk and in the middle of eating a pretzel. 

❥The prefrontal cortex of your brain is not fully developed until you are 24. I AM NOW COMPLETE.

❥Don’t be afraid to straight up QUIT things that are not making you happy. Don’t keep on slaving away at something due to the effort you’ve already expended. Life’s too short.

❥Your body is smarter than you think. You can try to abuse and control it into submission but it will eventually win. Every. Single. Time. Be kind to your body and it will be kind to you.

❥Leaving behind addictive behaviours is an advanced level hike, straight up a steep mountain. There will be many set backs and obstacles. Recovery is not a gondola. 

❥You can always handle more than you think you can handle.

❥Looking a desired way will not bring you happiness. Chasing an image ideal is like trying to out run your own shadow. Nothing will ever be enough and you’ll end up on a treadmill of self-criticism.

❥Happiness is a choice you have the responsibility and power to make every single day, regardless of the people and circumstances surrounding you. 

❥The Pill is not for everyone. Invest yourself in an IUD, queeeeen.

❥To get what you want you have to actually know what you want and knowing what you want requires knowing yourself and knowing yourself requires the bravery to be alone.

❥Trying to ignore negative emotions and issues won’t make them disappear. They will rot into zombies and brandish unhealthy coping mechanisms as weapons. 

❥Social media is both empowering and poisonous. I’m always in a perpetual state of loving and hating Instagram. 

❥Listening is one of the most powerful and useful skills you can cultivate. EQ over IQ. 

❥Magic is very, very real. 

 

Xx, 

Sophie

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