I woke up and saw a lot of messages and greetings in my Facebook, Instagram, Yahoo, and other social media site I am involved with.
I was bombarded with nonstop rings of simple greetings and wishes. It made my day. I am grateful for celebrating this blessing of existence.
Then I was hit by the truth – I am 25 years old! Not that I am bothered by it but I have to be careful not to put 24 nor click the 20-24 in the age range anymore. I got used to it for a year so adapting might take a little bit while. LOL
Before I turned 25, I had faced a myriad of challenges in most aspects of my life. Even yesterday was stressful while queuing for my turn in the doctor’s office. These challenges, I believe, were gifts. They were gifts prior to my birthday. These were some lessons that taught me who, what, and how to value someone or something as I live the quarter of a century of my life.
These were the five lessons that bludgeoned me to be a better person.
1. Travel Monthly
Traveling does not only bring me to another place to enjoy vacation but it relieves me a great deal of stress. It encourages me to experience something new. It inspires me to share my adventures and tell the place’s tale.
It is also exciting especially planning the itinerary, reading reviews, checking transportation costs, and considering budget. It is more exciting when I reach the place, inquire the locals about this and that, and explore like Dora.
I realized that it should be done monthly even places that are near yet unexplored is also alright if I cannot travel afar. Then it is also not complete if I don’t stay, even an overnight in the place I visited. Finally, it is better to travel alone but best to travel with friends.
2. Grow Spiritually
Every Sunday, it has been a part of my routine to attend the mass at the Happiest Place on Earth, “The Feast”. Actually, they do not hold masses only but also talks that will help us improve as a person by focusing on the different aspects of man. They help me nurture my spirituality with a sense of balance.
At The Feast, they equip me (us) with the necessary strength to conquer the days to follow. Being here clarifies my assumptions, teaches me values, and nourishes my soul because the next day is a Monday – the beginning of the working week.
3. Live Healthy
Recently, I was diagnosed with several diseases that mostly was caused by stress and anxiety. I am a person who tends to worry a lot but I am trying to overcome it.
To overcome it, I started doing 10 minutes of yoga in the morning. Using the application Daily Yoga, I am able to meditate and start my day right. I noticed changes like breathing better, attaining more flexibility, and gaining more balance. I plan on doing cardiovascular exercises but I would like to consult my doctor first since I am asthmatic.
Through Fit Star, I learned to be conscious of calories. I did not know that a cup of rice has more than 200 calories when I can only burn 120+ calories a day. Unfair! The fact that I eat three times a day with rice makes it more unfair. Not that I shun rice. I like eating it. I am trying to curb my meals so it won’t hamper my digestive system in performing at its best. Drinking glasses of water is a must too. Fabulous reminds me of that. Too bad that Ipad doesn’t have this application.
To complete the package, sleep is a must. Sleeping well is a must. Every person’s body is different. In my case, I am completely efficient even if I have 6-7 hours of sleep.
4. Spend and Save Wisely
I tend to spend lavishly and save enough. I didn’t realize that there was no balance in both. As I attend financial related seminars and books, I became aware of the three funds I need to have – Wealth Fund, Emergency Fund, and Generosity Fund. (By the way, in The Feast, they also teach this matter.) In my case, I tend to focus on the Wealth Fund, none in the Emergency Fund, and less in the Generosity Fund. These funds would help me in the future hence, start now.
5. Love Happily
Being in love makes the world go round. In love with my family, friends, career, and special persons. At 25, living is alright as loving does. I had countless of relationships being betrayed, ruined, and eradicated by a family, friend, boyfriend (girlfriend for the guys), boss. However, it is not what I lost but what I still have. Astonishingly, I have more. I have heaping relationships now. Boasting aside, I had proved it because there were people who even extended their greeting through call, personal message, text message, and timeline post in Facebook (because I forgot to turn off the privacy mode of my wall, sorry loved ones!). I am really grateful and honored to receive their greetings, wishes, and love.
Hence, these are the bludgeoning gifts for me as I turned 25 today. What’s yours?