25 life lessons for everyone!

Hello everyone,

It’s my birthday today and I’ve just turned 25! That’s half way to 50, and I have no idea where the past few years have gone. My twenties have been a rollercoaster so far and I’ve learnt a lot. So I thought I’d share a 25 life lessons I’ve picked up, along the way to turning 25, with you.


  1. Trust your instinct. There’s often a reason that you’re feeling the way you do about something.
  2. Be nice. It’s easy to snap or take your bad mood out on others, but you’ll be surprised how good you feel when you force yourself to be nice.
  3. Everyone’s fighting their own battle. You’re not the only one suffering, and others are probably going through far worse. If they can get through it, you can too.
  4. Work hard. Nothing is handed to you without hard work, effort and determination.
  5. Learn to forgive. People make mistakes, some are bigger than others, and though things may not be the same as they once were, try your best to move on and do it amicably.
  6. Life is short. Make the most of every day and every one around you. Things won’t always be this way.
  7. Everything happens for a reason. I strongly believe in this, and if anything, I think you go through tough times to realise how good things are when everything is going well.
  8. Take time out for yourself. Sometimes, you need to put your happiness over everything else going on. Give yourself an hour/day/month/year to prioritise your happiness. Whether you’re going travelling, resting etc.
  9. Try something new. Whether it’s travelling somewhere you’ve never been or giving a new hobby a go.
  10. Believe in yourself. You’re capable of far more than you know.
  11. Dream big. No matter who tells you you can’t achieve something, don’t give up on your dreams and ambitions.
  12. Be courageous. Sometime you’re going to have to face things you don’t want to, but you’ll feel much better once you’ve confronted and resolved the issue.
  13. Take risks. Your younger years are the best time to take risks. You have very few responsibilities – in comparison to the responsibilities you’ll have in 10+ years time. Whether they pay off or not, you’ll always learn something from them!
  14. Look at the positives in life. If you’re feeling low, stop dwelling on the things going wrong and look at everything that has worked out well for you. You’ll soon find yourself feeling better.
  15. Stop caring so much about what other people think. Unless their opinions and actions will massively impact on your life, ignore them.
  16. Style comes from within. Though catwalks, magazines and brands dictate trends, not everything will always suit you, so it’s best to experiment and find styles that work for you as an individual.
  17. Be open to learning. Sometimes, especially when we are younger, it can be easy to get stuck in the mindset that you know it all. You don’t, and it’s astonishing what you can learn from others.
  18. Be patient. Nothing comes easily, and without hard work. Things take time, but hard work often pays off so hang in there!
  19. Value your parents. They won’t be around forever.
  20. Stop comparing yourself to others. You have no idea what goes on in their lives when they go home or what life is really like behind their social media facade. And, they may even be envious of your life or what you have achieved
  21. Surround yourself with the right people. Don’t hold onto friends who add little or no value to your life, and don’t treat you well.
  22. Have fun. Life is short and we’re not around forever, so enjoy yourself!
  23. Jump into new opportunities. It may be daunting, but push yourself to grasp new opportunities and think of the satisfaction you’ll feel when you look back on the experience.
  24. Be honest. Don’t bottle things up or lie, it’ll only come back to haunt you. People also tend to respect you more if you say what you’re thinking/feeling.
  25. Travel as often as possible. Exploring new places, experiencing new adventures and meeting new people from all over the globe can teach you a lot. You’ll look back and remember experiences far more than material possessions you have bought, so spend your money wisely!

I hope you enjoyed this list, feel free to share it with anyone who you think it may help! I’d love to see your advice/life lessons too, so leave them in the comments :).

Thanks for reading!

Surena x


1 Comment

  1. Dave Reeder
    31st May 2016 / 6:35 AM

    I would add a very important one: Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. In other words, empathise. Being pleasant and offering a helping hand to those in need is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. With just a few small changes in life, you could have been in their position. But, you say, you don’t want to see poverty; I saw that the poor deserve your attention not your pity or haughtiness. Be open. I rremember a strange moment in Mumbai – I was at a park above the city and a group of 20-somethings were whispering with each other until one young lad came forward and asked very hesitantly if they could take their photo with me. Of course. I can only assume they wanted to show their friends back home that they knew a European, but what did it cost me? Nothing. Instead it was a lesson that the smallest gestures can sometimes bring great satisfaction – a lesson all too easy to forget in the bling world of Dubai…

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