22 Things I Learned at 22

Birthdays can make you emotional and reflective of your past. Last week, I turned 23 and had a lovely time celebrating with family members and friends in the evening. However, when I woke up in the morning I needed extra inspiration and began to list things that I learned about myself and others at 22.

22 Things I Learned at 22

  1. You can be alone but not be lonely.
  2. If you don’t promote your work, there is a chance no one will see it.
  3. Silence is more powerful than filler words.
  4. Respect your own privacy, don’t overshare.
  5. Reach out to people you care about before it’s too late.
  6. It is better, to be honest, and vulnerable with your feelings than closed off.
  7. If you want to see friends more often, start planning events.
  8. Take a lot of deep breaths when feeling overwhelmed.
  9. Push yourself to do better and be better.
  10. Exercise frequently, it will dramatically improve your life.
  11. Follow the mantra “quality over quantity.”
  12. Listen to a lot of music and dance to it.
  13. If you like the way someone looks, or what they have, or what they do – compliment them.
  14. Real engagement on social media is better than fake engagement.
  15. A good cup of coffee each morning can bring you such joy.
  16. Invest in skincare and stick to a routine. Not only will your skin look better but your makeup will too.
  17. Ask for assistance when you need it.
  18. Think simpler, it will make your life less complicated.
  19. Break your old habits by reinforcing your good habits.
  20. Be picky, want the best for yourself.
  21. Read what you want and what you like.
  22. Happiness can be found in simplicity.

Which number is your favourite on the list?

Let me know in the comments bellow!

Laurel Astridge
Laurel Astridge

Toronto-Based Digital Media Marketing Professional, Performer, and Public Speaker. Western University and George Brown College Alumni.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram



  1. Mel Dietrich
    April 26, 2017 / 12:22 am

    I don’t think I can choose just one because I like them for different reasons. At age 31 my choices are #5 for sure – no day like today!!!, #12 & 15 are a must for me!, #17 & 20 are a quite challenging to do but so sooo important!

    Great reflection and great post laurel! Makes you stop and think.

    Happy belated birthday also šŸ™‚

    • April 26, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      Thank you Mel for commenting and the birthday wishes! I’m so honoured that Alexia shared the post on Facebook!
      I agree with you that supportive relationships, music, and coffee are extremely important! šŸ˜‰ I am also so glad that I could stop and make you think.

  2. May 2, 2017 / 6:15 am

    Belated happy birthday Laurel! šŸ™‚ Your best years are yet to come and I’m pretty sure in the coming year, you’ll quickly be adding a lot more items in your list. xx

    • May 2, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      Thank you Teesh for the belated birthday wishes! This comment was the best thing to read in the morning and even though you are across the world from me, I am so glad that we’re friends. <3