16 Things I have learnt in 2016

So, here we are again. Another year over; another year older. I have learnt a lot in 2016 and have also had some amazing experiences to go with it too. So lets get on with the show.

Don’t be to be too critical about yourself because of the views other people have expressed about you. It’s ok to listen and look up to people but that does not mean that they will always be positive or right about what they were saying. You are your own person and you should be choosing your own path.

If you are negative and bring people down they will try and bring you down too. just be nice. It is nice to be nice and you create your surroundings so fill them with lovely positive people.

Not getting into college isn’t the end of the world. I got a traineeship and they loved me so much they gave me a job when it ended and now i’m in college doing my A levels and although I was sad at the time it has all worked out in the end.

Relationships are important but your friends are more important. No matter who you love you will come across rocky parts of relationships or you end up breaking up but your friends are always there for you whenever you need it and that is why I cherish my friends so much.

People don’t hate vegans as much as they make out they do. People get scared and confused about Veganism and what it means and also why you do it. But once you explain it to them they begin to understand and respect you for your views and high morals.

You can express your views as loudly as you want but if you aren’t kind about it people won’t listen. Being talked down to is never nice, or being made to feel bad because of something you do (even if it is wrong). If you really want people to understand where you are coming from you need to be nice about it and not get angry.

Experimenting with different cultures food is fun and exciting. Why have a boring meal when you can fill it with spices? Why have the same meal over and over again? I have fallen in love with Vietnamese food and a good curry doesn’t go a miss too.

You don’t have to spend loads on gifts, handmade stuff is just as lovely. why buy some £15 truffles when you could make some by hand which are nicer, cheaper and shows the person you are giving them too that they are worth the time and effort you put into them.

Change is not something to be scared of. Change can be nerve racking and nauseating but when you change something for the better only good things will come from it. whether that be a toxic relationship, what you eat, your health, your friends or even where you live.

Some people are not worth the effort. even though you may like someone a lot and care about them immensely it does not mean that it is a mutual feeling and if they do not make time for you why should you be making time for them?

Revision is key. No matter what you are doing and why you are doing it there will always be stuff to remember and revising helps it all sink in. I love bullet pointing important information and expanding those bullet points into an essay.

Try your best to be positive. It is a fact that people remember the negative things over positive things and I for one do not want to be thought of negatively because I like to make people happy and make them smile. Also negative things bring people down and i try my best to build people up.

Not everyone will like you, and that’s ok. We don’t like everyone we meet so why expect everyone to like you? The only thing you can do is take on the criticism they give you and if you think it matters,  change it. It is as simple as that.

Music really can save the day. Music is such a beautiful thing. It can make people cry, it can make people feel and can make people happy and remember the old times. I always listen to music when I travel and it can completely change my mood. If i’m feeling down I just stick some tunes on and everything gets better.

Spending time with your family is important. Family matter especially if you live with them. They won’t be there forever so spend time with them whenever you can. If that’s playing a board game or switching the TV off and just talking. You matter to them and they matter to you.

I hope you all have a lovely 2017 filled with joy and tears and new experiences that shape you into the person you want to be. Love always,

Owen

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