For today, I’m going to list off a couple of the things I’ve learned so far:
- If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time because it’s just a pain to re-do something. (Alternatively, if someone asks you to do something and you don’t want to, do it wrong and they’ll never ask you to do it again.)
- Cooking is great! I enjoy it so much and the reward makes it so worth it (the reward is food and I love food). This year, I think that I really have improved my cooking skills. I learned how to cook things that don’t come from a can! (Or the freezer!)
- There are people in the world less fortunate than me and I am so lucky to be able to have countless opportunities to pursue my education and travel- I guess I’ve learned to be more humble. (This wasn’t supposed to be pretentious or anything, more of a realization.)
- Volunteering is a great. It gives me a unique opportunity to help others without expecting anything in return- it’s a pure, selfless deed.
- After completely my second year of university, I’ve realized that I really enjoy learning. Reading about new concepts and topics is so interesting. I’ve also realized that I enjoy structure and routine in my life, and now that it’s summer I need a routine or else I feel kind of useless. (I actually learned about this! I sound super nerdy but it’s called the “busy mindset”, and it applies to most western cultures. If you’re not working, you’re not being productive.)
- Exercise is actually addictive. I used to laugh at those blog posts raving about how exercise was addictive or how people just couldn’t live without it. But now that I’ve begun to fit exercising into my routine, I can now relate! It sucks at first because you’re sweaty and everything hurts the day after, but as soon as you get over that bump exercising begins to feel great.
- Always try to improve yourself. It took me a while to learn this, but after spending countless summers doing nothing, I realize that I could have done and learned so many things. I do regret not making better use of my time but now that I’ve learned my lesson, I really do try to use my spare time to improve myself- whether its learning a new language, reading or just writing.
- Always have a plan. There have been countless times in university and high school where I procrastinated before exams and was just so overwhelmed. I’m not going to say that I’ve stopped procrastinating, but now I come up with plans which really help me manage/organize my day so I don’t have a mental breakdown in the middle of exam season.
- Travel often and to wherever. Travelling sometimes may not be the most glamorous thing but I find that it’s those experiences that have the most impact. A couple of summers ago, I was travelling through China with this tour group and we had to stay at a university residence. The first night that we stayed there, there were GIANT cockroaches everywhere and the bathrooms were literal holes in the ground. It sounds horrible- and thinking back, yeah it kind of was- but I honestly had so much fun and met so many new and amazing people. Who knew that running away from cockroaches would be a good bonding experience? What started out as a kind of horrible start to my trip turned out to be an experience that I will never forget.
Well, those are a couple of things that I have learned in my life. I hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences and what I’ve learned along the way, it was fun to reflect back on the things that really made an impact on my life and shaped who I am today.