I’m edging closer and closer towards a milestone birthday and whilst we live in an age where we are supposed to hide our age and try and pretend we’re at least 10 years younger than we are, I’m owning it. Aging is a privilege which is denied to many so every time I reach another birthday I think awesome, I’m still alive! So, in honour of this milestone I’m about to reach, I would like to share some of the things I have learnt so far in life.
Follow Your Dreams
I pursued my dream of acting when I was in my mid-thirties. I left my well-paid teaching and teacher-training job to pursue it seriously and it’s tough, but I love the challenge. I’m competing with actors who have been in the field since they were very young and who have far more contacts in the industry than I do. But I don’t regret the path I took to get here. Everyone’s journey is different, and we should all be celebrating our little successes and achievements. So, I’ve learnt that you need to follow your dreams and silence that little voice inside. Just go for it because you’ll regret it if you don’t.
Enjoy Your Food
I spent most of my twenties agonising over my weight and some of us have a complicated relationship with food which is often made worse by the media. I think the tide is changing and people want more reality than filters. Food is a very social thing and brings people together. So, if you want that piece of cake, have it and don’t punish yourself for it!
It’s Never Too Late
It’s never too late to learn a language, a musical instrument or any other skill for that matter. I have recently taken up singing lessons, learning to play the guitar and piano and I’m learning Spanish. I have also learnt to horse ride in the past year. For me, life is learning, and learning is life. Never think that it’s too late or that you’ll look silly. Just do it.
Things Happen for a Reason
I believe in fate, angels, spirits and lots of other things that people might think I’m weird for admitting to. I’ve learnt that things happen for a reason. Trust the things that are happening in your life and just know that everything will be OK.
Don’t be So Hard on Yourself
Jess Glynne sang it best. Most of us are super hard on ourselves. We think we should be thinner, prettier, stronger, more intelligent, a super-person etc. We just need to embrace ourselves for who we are; beautiful flaws and all.
Don’t Lose Contact with People
Friends and family are important and it’s vital to maintain contact with people. Of course, people come and go in our lives, but I do regret some of the people I have lost contact with along the way and wonder whether we could have been lifelong friends if I had made a little more effort. (There I go again being hard on myself:)
We’re All Just Muddling Through This Thing Called Life
We weren’t born with a manual. We pick up things along the way and whilst we might look at others and think they have it all worked out, chances are they don’t. It’s OK to NOT have it all worked out and it’s OK to make mistakes. It’s all OK.
I have so much more to learn and I’m excited about what life has in store. What have you learnt so far? Please share your words of wisdom 😊