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On August 9, 2014, I turned the number that I have been dreading. Twenty-six. Yes,
I'm was one of those people who were terrified at the thought of growing old and wrinkly. Like I read somewhere, I was officially on the 'uncool' side of twenties. Till I reached my twenties, I was someone who looked forward to growing older. Ageing gracefully? What did that even mean? However, life had different plans for me. Here are some things that has made me embrace my twenty-six year old self. Things that I have learnt in the last year that I haven't in the previous twenty five years of my life.
> Nothing lasts forever. Not even the bad times. You will get up, dust yourself and carry forward.
> It is never too late to learn something new. Try your hand at something different, break some rules. Live life on your own terms.
> There shall ALWAYS be people who criticize you no matter how hard you try. Quit trying to impress them. The only person that you need to make happy is yourself. Owe it to only yourself.
> Follow your passion. There maybe days when you feel like giving up, frustration may set it. But when inspiration strikes, it shall always be worth the struggle.
> There are only a handful of people in your life who want the best for you. Treasure them.
> You never know when you will have to say goodbye to a loved one. So spend as much time with those people you can't dream of living without.
> When you let go of some of the people in your life, you will always find other kindred souls in their place.
> Age is just another number. What matters most is how many of those years you spent on living and not just surviving.
> Read all those books that have been piling on your shelf. Stop feeling guilty in abandoning a book halfway if it's not your cup of tea.
> And lastly, don't ever lose hope or faith. The two go hand in hand :)
So now, I can confidently say, the twenty-sixth year of my life has been a turning point in ways more than one. I have a couple more months for remaining twenty-six in my hands and intend to enjoy each and every moment to the fullest, doing the things that I love and relishing the things makes me happy. As for ageing gracefully, I may not be there yet, but I'm certainly on the right path :)
Linking this post to the A to Z Challenge.