Thursday, April 23, 2015

T - Twenty-six

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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

31 comments:

  1. Excellent post Aathira! It's for letter T or I would have called it Wisdom at 26
    It's very recently I have caught on that I don't have to complete the books that I don't enjoy reading. I have always felt that I should read till the end come hell or high-water. You learned that pretty early in life :)
    My A-Z posts: http://sundarivenkatraman.blogspot.in

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    1. Thanks so much, Sundari :) The guilt I felt in abandoning a book halfway through was enormous!

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  2. loved the post.. :) i was happily smiling... :)

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  3. Now that you are accumulating wisdom, I hope you have many years of a healthy life to practice them in. I'm 62, and I want to assure you, it isn't all downhill. And it won't even start going downhill for many years. Life experience can get richer and richer as you accumulate wisdom - you'll see!

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    1. I hope to! And wiser words have not been spoken. Thank you for that :)

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  4. In two months I'm going to be 26!! And I have dreading that day for an year now. But I am enjoying my days and the unexpected twists and turns it gives me... and as you said age is just another number. Live life to the fullest even when you're 96! :D

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  5. Looks like I'm not the only one with 'half book read' guilt!! Your points are very valid, for any age!

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  6. I'm 27 (for several weeks more), and I can really connect with your post. Great article, Aathira!
    My link: http://www.devikafernando.com/blog/blogging-from-a-to-z-challenge-letter-t-true-love

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    1. Thanks so much, Devika! Looks like we are all sailing in the same boat :)

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  7. Great post. Nov 2014 I turned 40 - it's not as bad as it sounds. ;)

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    1. You make it sound easy. Thank you :)

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  8. Hey! I loove it and so true to make every moment in life and treasure loved ones,experienced it. I dreaded turning 30 and finally I am ok with it. The post is soo relatable:)

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    1. So glad to hear that now. Thank you!

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  9. The books thing is still a struggle for me. I just feel so very guilty doing that.
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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    1. Hahha.. Guilt pangs like that are quite hard to get rid of. But we can always try :)

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  10. My teens and early twenties saw a lively and enthusiastic but immature self. I too dreaded joining the "late twenties" club. Now at 27, I feel I have a better balance of enthusiasm and wisdom through experience. It can only get better! I absolutely loved this post :)

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    1. I couldn't agree more. My teenage was such a dark phase for me. So glad that all the immature stuff is behind us. More power to you!

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  11. Twenty Six is too young to have such wisdom!! ;)
    But take it from a 28 year old, while you have those days when you feel all old, life this side of the hill is really not that bad!! :)

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    1. I'm glad to hear that :) Thanks Shreya!

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  12. very wise words :) 26!! ahh those young days ...

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    1. You are not old exactly! With that body, I wonder how old you really are :)

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  13. Ah! so you are a Leo baby like me? and ur just 26? wise words at 26!

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    1. Yes. Yes :) I'm a Leo baby :) Nice to meet yet another fellow Leo! Thank you :)

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  14. Very wise words but personally I feel age is just a number. I'm over 30 and seriously I don't feel it. I still feel the same as I did when I was 20 ;)

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    1. It's all in our mindset. Like I said, age is just another number :)

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  15. age is just a number and I loved the points to remember. Enjoy life!

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