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22 Life Lessons Learnt in 22 Years

22 Life Lessons Learnt in 22 Years on this planet - life has a funny way of treating us at times. But you can get through it. You must forgive others, travel and embrace opportunities along the way. It's important for your wellbeing and success - www.channongray.com // heythereChannon
Written by Channon Gray

Friday the 27th of April 2018 marks my 22nd birthday and in my precious 22-years on this planet, I’ve learnt many life lessons and seen a lot more than most. 

I can tell you this already, I shall spend the next year blasting out Taylor Swift’s hit ‘anthem’, 22.

Anyways, my birthday in recent years has always been a bit of a pain as it usually falls just before exam season, sigh! My 21st was spent at Thorpe Park in the only day I took off from revising and dissertation writing during the final year of my degree. However, this year, the world is my oyster and I am yet to make any plans – oops.

But before the partying begins, I thought I’d share with you wisdom-filled 22 lessons that I have learnt in my 22 years.

Let’s do this:

22 Life Lessons in 22 Years on Earth…

22 Life Lessons Learnt in 22 Years on this planet - life has a funny way of treating us at times. But you can get through it. You must forgive others, travel and embrace opportunities along the way. It's important for your wellbeing and success - www.channongray.com // heythereChannon

1: Have confidence in yourself.

2: Make your own choices. Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do or achieve something.

Make your own choices. Don't let anyone tell you can't do or achieve something. Click To Tweet

3: You’ll never please everyone.

4: Mum does actually know best – pretty much always.

5: It is never too late to chase your dreams and no dream is an ‘unreachable’ one.

It is never too late to chase your dreams and no dream is an 'unreachable' one. Click To Tweet
6: Step out of your comfort zone – you’ll be a better person for it.

7: Travel, explore and see the world with your own eyes when given the chance to do so.

22 Life Lessons Learnt in 22 Years on this planet - life has a funny way of treating us at times. But you can get through it. You must forgive others, travel and embrace opportunities along the way. It's important for your wellbeing and success - www.channongray.com // heythereChannon

8: Take every opportunity.

9: Everyone has a story – take the time to listen to other people’s.

Everyone has a story - take the time to listen to other people's. Click To Tweet
10: Love those who love you back.

11: It’s perfectly fine to be selfish – sometimes you’ve got no choice but to be.

12: Make a fool of yourself every-once-in-a-while. Learn to laugh at yourself as being too serious can be tough.

13: Treat yourself – you earnt it, you spend it, do it un-shamingly too.

Treat yourself - you earnt it, you spend it, do it un-shamingly too. Click To Tweet

14: Eat the cake, you won’t regret it. 

Eat the Cake: Afternoon Tea at Bone China, Truro - Cornwall. 22 Life Lessons Learnt in 22 Years on this planet - life has a funny way of treating us at times. But you can get through it. You must forgive others, travel and embrace opportunities along the way. It's important for your wellbeing and success - www.channongray.com // heythereChannon

Eat the Cake: Afternoon Tea at Bone China, Truro – Cornwall.

15: Change = growth – embrace it.

16: Everything happens for a reason. Be thankful even when it’s difficult.

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17: It’s okay to disagree.

18: The world is kind-of sad, don’t let it get you down.

19: It is 100% normal to literally love Harry Styles at 22, don’t worry about it.

It is 100% normal to literally love Harry Styles at 22, don't worry about it. Click To Tweet

22 Life Lessons Learnt in 22 Years on this planet - life has a funny way of treating us at times. But you can get through it. You must forgive others, travel and embrace opportunities along the way. It's important for your wellbeing and success - www.channongray.com // heythereChannon

20: If you find something that doesn’t belong to you then return it, hand it in, don’t keep it as the next time you lose something, karma will be there to save you from losing your possessions. Trust me.

21: Remember the bigger picture – are the choices you are currently making going to have a positive impact on your future?

Remember the bigger picture - are the choices you are currently making going to have a positive impact on your future? Click To Tweet

22: Always choose love and respect for others. Don’t forget to be kind, be brave and be you.

Always choose love and respect for others. Don't forget to be kind, be brave, be you. Click To Tweet

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22 Life Lessons Learnt in 22 Years on this planet - life has a funny way of treating us at times. But you can get through it. You must forgive others, travel and embrace opportunities along the way. It's important for your wellbeing and success - www.channongray.com // heythereChannon

22 Life Lessons Learnt in 22 Years on this planet - life has a funny way of treating us at times. But you can get through it. You must forgive others, travel and embrace opportunities along the way. It's important for your wellbeing and success - www.channongray.com // heythereChannon

22 Life Lessons Learnt in 22 Years on this planet - life has a funny way of treating us at times. But you can get through it. You must forgive others, travel and embrace opportunities along the way. It's important for your wellbeing and success - www.channongray.com // heythereChannon

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Channon Gray

Hi, my name is Channon and yes, it's spelt wrong, but that is interesting right? I'm 21 years young. I like to write, create art and travel. Cornish bumpkin who studied in London. I'm now a Graduate Student, Stationery Addict and all round Life Enthusiast.

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Lexi
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I really liked this post! I’ve been working on my own – I’ll be turning 23 next month. I agree with many of your points!

chelsea
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Very wise words at 22! Kinda reminds me of myself at that age. Travel often and live life to the fullest! Enjoy everyday!

Nina | Lemons and Luggage
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What a lovely list! Great that you have already learned all of this at such a young age.

Kristen
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I always love this type of post!! Loved hearing all your lessons, & happy belated birthday!

Vanessa
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For being only 22, you are plenty wise and my favorite of your lessons is knowing that you can’t please everyone! Great post!

Kayla
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Love this! I’m also 22 and I agree with everything you’ve said. Especially #21; it can be hard to think long term but it’s so important that your decisions are working towards your long term goals and not against them!

Claire Saul
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Hope you have a wonderful birthday, Channon – my son is 22 on the 26th, so I will be showing him your post. He is studying for his fourth year finals so not sure we will be celebrating this week!! Happy Birthday to You xxx

Nanna
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Such post post idea!!!!

Erica
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I LOVE this list…and I wish I was 22 again, it was my favorite! I make a fool of myself on the daily and it is way more fun ;) Thanks for sharing, so many people never learn to do these things and they are so important!

Sara | mshealthesteem.com
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Such lovely life lessons! That’s wonderful. Wishing you a happy birthday and another year full of goodness. Can’t wait to see what goodness you’ll add to the list next year ♡.

Em
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So much wisdom in such a young age! Happy belated lovely

V at LoveBecomesHer
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Happy 22nd!
P.S. #3 is clutch.

Chelsya
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This is a great idea! I’m gonna do mine for my 22 years too ☺️ i’ve always done 21 things to do while im 21 and so on… but I love the reflection idea!
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Marya
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It is never too late to chase your dreams and no dream is an ‘unreachable’ one. Indeed. I am 29, and I’m still holding onto this religiously. :)

kiara
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Lovely post! I am your age and can relate to most of them, even number 19 sometimes ;) I hope you have an awesome day next Friday.

Kiara // https://adventures-around-the-world.blogspot.de/

Rachael stray
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I love this list. I think you’re so spot on here especially about the cake!!

Nancy
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I love these birthday reflection posts! Happy 22nd birthday!!!!

I totally agree with these lessons! Especially #3, can’t please everyone so you might as well only focus on yourself – easiest to please XD. But seriously, don’t go out of your way to please someone else, not worth it. Stepping out of your comfort zone brings great rewards sometimes! This goes with #8! And YES! Totally okay to disagree.

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