Turning 24

Hey guys, guess who just turned 24? Me!



2020 was not what I expected it to be. I mean, I stayed up all night on December 31 2019 ready to usher this star year in. The year of my dreams, the year I planned to smash my major goals, but 2020 had other plans. Instead of smashing my goals, I had to get used to words like lockdown, social distancing, COVID19, and flatten the curve. These words have been around for a while, but we got to use them consistently in 2020. Don’t even get me started wearing face masks and using hand sanitizers while living in Lagos, Nigeria. That is a story for another day.

 

 

Last week, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I was feeling low, underachieved, and depressed. It was like the universe has conspired against me to ruin my life on my birthday week. I even made a video on my channel about it. I decided to come out of my sorry state and be happy because coming this far this year is a lot to be grateful for. Look how the year started. We had a wildfire, death, a pandemic, an explosion, and so many more disasters.

 

 

Even though 2020 has been acting up, there is still a lot to be grateful for.

  • Life.
  • Surviving Corona.
  • Family.
  • A skill.
  • Friends.
  • A roof over my head.
  • Food.

 








 

Only recently, I started gratitude journaling, and it has been all sorts of refreshing. I get to find something to be thankful for even if I don’t think there is anything to be thankful for that day. I’m 24 now, and I know that this year is going to be a great year. I took my time to journal what I intend to achieve before 25. I have a not-so-long list which I am going to work hard to tick one step at a time.

 


 

Yeah, I’m 24 now, but here’s what I learned as a 23-year-old.

  1. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
  2. Slow growth or progress is growth too.
  3. Don’t compare yourself with anyone. Like I said in number 2, slow growth is growth too.
  4. It’s okay to feel bad that you are not where you are, but what you decide to do about it is what matters. Are you going to sit there and wail about things not going as planned or are you going to do something about it?
  5. Family is everything. Look at what my Aunty Chinwe did for me! (Don’t ask me what sha).
  6. Keep your circle small. You do not need thousands of friends. You need people whose goals align with yours. The people in your circle matter.
  7. Your mental health is vital. I struggled a lot with work when my mental health was on life-support.
  8. More than one stream of income is always the goal.
  9. Love is beautiful.
  10. With effort and consistency, you can achieve exploits.
  11. Your physical health is essential. I started taking long walks only recently, and the feeling I get whenever I’m back is everything to me.
  12. Spoil yourself. You are someone’s child too. Don’t always wait for someone to do that.
  13. Be vocal as regards what you stand for.
  14. Adulting is not for the fainthearted.
  15. Bills have to be paid, have this in mind when you are spending recklessly, or you are not putting in an effort.
  16. Be good at what you do and blow your own trumpet as regards work. This has helped me get recommended by friends and family. Remember to be good at what you do before blowing your trumpet.
  17. If people want to be in your life, they’ll put in the effort. This does not mean that you shouldn’t do your part as regards putting in the effort too. Friendship is not a one-sided affair.
  18. Wear your confidence like a crown.
  19. Invest in yourself. I have learned this from Patricia Bright, and I believe you guys need to take this seriously too. Pay for courses, pay for apps that would better your life if you have to. Invest in your glow, your slay, and your enjoyment, because you might spend the money on something unreasonable.
  20. Be financially savvy. You can’t afford to spend money like there is a money tree somewhere in your compound.
  21. No matter how much you give, some people would never appreciate it, and that’s okay. Make peace with that.
  22. Read more. Read articles, books, etc.
  23. Stan yourself first. When you stan yourself shamelessly, others would have no other choice, but to do the same.


 

I know I’m more mature now guys, but thank you for reading this and for all the birthday money, gifts, and wishes. I appreciate, and I accept that 24 is going to be my best year ever. Have a great week.

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