10 things I’ve learnt during my early twenties
6) Fewer, but better friends. Pretty self-explanatory, The Pool does a much better explanation of this. If you have a ‘friend’ that you don’t want to be friends with, then move on.
7) Topshop sizing is really weird. Everything is too small. You’ll have to go up two sizes and feel huge. This is a thing, everyone knows it, and it’s fine.
8) Reading is really good for the soul. There’s something about reading that tunes you out of everything. It’s also been proven to help with anxiety, stress and depression. It also does not matter what you read. Books are books, whether you’re really into Orwell or Marian Keyes.
9) You’re not too old, too young, or too stupid to learn new stuff. This year, I started learning the violin and to my boyfriend’s horror, I committed, hard. I practised for half an hour every day for six months and now I can play a few songs. Forcing yourself to do stuff is pretty useless, but if you want to learn something, it’s kind of the only skill that humans have – our ability to retain and learn new information. And there’s something really joyful about learning.
10) Crying in your car/ bed/ shower/ Topshop is also a-ok. I feel like once every two months, normally on a Sunday, I have some sort of existential crisis. Something akin to that scene in Chicken Little where he starts shrieking that the “sky is falling in” and everyone else is like, no, you’re fine. I am Chicken Little, feeling like an irrational idiot as I sob down the phone to my friends and explain that I cut my own fringe and now it looks like a moustache on my forehead (true story).
Whilst in the grand scheme of things, this is a very small problem, it’s also a problem. And comparing your issues to other peoples (like every form of comparison) is a complete waste of time.
RE: Topshop, please see number seven.