23 things I have learnt in 23 years of life…


I recently read an article called 35 things I have learnt from my time on earth, it was by Chantelle from the FatMumSlim blog and it really struck a chord with me. I loved reading about all the beautiful things she had learnt, so much so that I decided to put together my very own own list of my very own learnings.

I’ve spent a little over 23 years on this earth and I have noticed a change in myself lately, I am learning so much more about myself, my family, my friends, the world and my beliefs, here is what I have learnt so far…

  1. It’s healthy to spend time on your own.
  2. Your not a bad person if you cut people out of your life. Don’t feel bad about saying “no” to the activities, obligations and people that don’t add genuine value to your life.
  3. Life is better with a dog, they show you the value of unconditional love.
  4. Do good work always. I initially struggled being a young female in a male dominated profession and I felt as though large stakeholders wouldn’t take me seriously. After chatting to my manager, my mentor and other people in a similar situation I realised it was all just in my head. I have recently learnt just to be really bloody good at what you do, don’t bullshit, be honest and you will be fine (probably more than fine!).
  5. Your sisters (or siblings) are the greatest people on earth.
  6. Not to spend money you don’t have.
  7. Ride a bike or walk as much as you can, there is so much you can miss by jumping in a car or train and not paying attention.
  8. Never regret anything you do – because at the time you had a good reason to do it.
  9. Gardening is fun, you get a little kick out life (well I do) when you have grown something from scratch, cook with it and then share it with the ones you love.
  10. Bubble baths aren’t just for toddlers.
  11. Learn as much as you can from your grandparents, I hate to say it but they won’t be here forever. Arrange afternoon catch ups, cooking days like this one, visits and phone calls, you will feel so much better for knowing them, appreciating them and learning from them.
  12. You can’t control what happens but you can control the way you deal with it.
  13. No one gives a shit about how many followers on social channels you have or how many like your photos get on Instagram.
  14. I’ve learned not to take no for an answer if I believe in something. Most of the time when people say “no” or “it’s too hard” you just need to ask “why not” or “how”.
  15. If you’re not happy with yourself, you’ll never be happy in a relationship.
  16. I have learnt not to take your sight for granted. My eldest sister, Heidi, is legally blind, she suddenly lost 95% of her sight in her early twenties and is the most positive person I know, she is my inspiration and never lets anything get her down. You realise how much you take simple things for granted when they are suddenly stolen from you.
  17. To enjoy the little things in life – for me the little things are going to markets on a Sunday, seeing my sisters happy, calling my mum, smiling at people on the street, walking my dog of a morning, reading in the park or ordering my favourite coffee.
  18. To be grateful, I have hot water, a roof over my head, a fridge full of food and a full tummy at night. A significant number of people in the world don’t have this, I am (we are) freakin’ lucky.
  19. What really matters in life is not your job, but your satisfaction with life outside of your job.
  20. Seek out mentors for all aspects of your life — respect them, ask them questions and learn from them.
  21. Karaoke and cocktails with your girlfriends will always make you happy.
  22. Spontaneity keeps life fun.
  23. You can have literally anything you want in life, so as long as you set your mind to it. Seriously. But success isn’t built on dreams and ideas. It’s built on action. Work your ass off and hustle like hell, girl.
Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway
Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway

Shannon is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be snorkeling in the waters of Fiji, or exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona. When Melbourne calls her back home, she spends most of her time exploring and planning weekend road trips. To fund all of her trips, Shannon is a freelance writer and marketer – she was named the Australian Young Marketer of the year in 2017!

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  1. Bec morley
    August 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Great read Shan!

    • August 2015 / 11:33 am

      Thanks Bec! Hope you have been well 🙂

      Shannon xo

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