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24 Things I Learned By 24 – Tomo Orihara

24 Things I Learned By 24

Would you like to hear something crazy? Days have already passed since my birthday, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around being 24 years old. It’s not that I feel any different from before the day of—because I don’t. My preferences are still the way they were; my eyes, set on the same goals. I imagine a life wherein I’ve achieved all of them, but I always forget to take time into account. I guess that’s where I get stuck. There hath no greater fury than Time ignored and now I’m being clocked right in the face.

How dare my body grow old.

The thing about this annual time crunch is, along with the festivity of birthdays, a sense of removal from the minutiae of daily life. The turning of the days may not hand the celebrant the wisdom of the universe—not even a map of just their own life—but, instead, give space and clarity to mull the past over and learn, which brings us right here.

Here are 24 things I learned in 24 years.

 

#1 PERSONALITY QUIZZES ARE EVERYTHING

While it’s true that one can learn best about themselves through experience and introspection, it is also true that personality quizzes are fun and could bring light to things you hadn’t noticed. In the Myers-Briggs, I’m an ENFP, which 16Personalities.com call “The Campaigner”; and, “The Bohemian”, a type 4 with a 5 wing, in the Enneagram.

#2 ONLINE SHOPPING HAS CHANGED THE GAME (AT LEAST FOR ME)

Why, you probably wonder. I’ve got three things for you: (a) Traffic; (b) Not having to carve out a chunk out of your day, and; (c) No more risk of not finding anything you like. If you haven’t tried it yet, do so now.

#3 I DON’T LIKE THE COLD NOW AS MUCH AS I DID WHEN I WAS A KID

#4 LEARNING IS FUN

#5 FRIENDS ARE FAMILY

#6 FAMILY ARE FRIENDS

#7 THE ONLY THING I’M STINGY WITH IS MY TIME

#8 I HATE SPENDING TIME DOING NOTHING

All because of #7; I’m stingy with my time to other people—and myself. Now, don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I rush from point A to point B. I don’t believe that rushing means more time nor moving at a slower pace a waste because it all boils down to the intention. You can get Something from Anything, as long as it’s not from Nothing.

#9 THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS STRESS AND ANXIETY CAN MANIFEST

Acid reflux, lip eczema, migraines—do you want a complete list?

#10 MEAT, I CAN GIVE UP, BUT NOT BREAD. ABSOLUTELY NOT.

#11 AS WELL AS COFFEE. ACID REFLUX BE DAMNED.

#12 THE BODY IS SO MUCH MORE DURABLE THAN I GIVE IT CREDIT FOR

A month ago, I had my second endoscopy procedure for my acid reflux. I came into the clinic thinking nothing of it because my first one went swimmingly. The only difference was, this time, the endoscope went through my mouth instead of my nose. I was gagging and dry heaving, and with every retch, pain radiated from my belly to my back. The whole procedure lasted for about 5 to 10 minutes. Except for a sore throat, I didn’t feel anything after the whole ordeal—not even my slight hypochondria.

#13 MENTAL HEALTH BEARS EQUAL WEIGHT TO PHYSICAL HEALTH

#14 YOUR GUT TELLS THE TRUTH—ALWAYS

#15 TRYING OUT NEW THINGS IS ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE

#16 I’M NOT AS MUCH OF A CONTROL FREAK I THOUGHT I WAS

#17 BUT, MY PERFECTIONISM ON THE OTHER HAND…

…has skyrocketed. I had this epiphany that you only really get to do things once; all that follows will be tinged with first impressions. If that is the case, then why not give everything you can from the get-go, am I right?

#18 OTHERS’ OPINIONS DOESN’T BOTHER ME AS MUCH ANYMORE

#19 BEING AFRAID IS OKAY.

#20 WHAT ISN’T IS LETTING IT STOP YOU.

#21 KINDNESS HAS TWO FACES: NICENESS AND TOUGH LOVE

#22 TIME IS RELATIVE

We may all follow the same universal truth that is the 24-hour cycle, but the way the universe and the fates flow for each one of us is different. Although everyone has one, the proverbial “right time” is as elusive as elusive gets—not to mention the road leading up to it. It can wave up and down, swivel left and right, sometimes loop you back around and on again. This is something that I’m still struggling with because of #7 and #8, but there’s #14 and #15. So, all I can really do is…

#23 FLOW ALONG WITH CHANGE.

#24 I REALIZE THAT I ACTUALLY LIKE CELEBRATING MY BIRTHDAY

…because I get to have moments that lead to this; because I get to look back from where I started and how far I’ve come. Besides, how many times in a year do you actually get to celebrate yourself?

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From this point on, it’s safe to say that the learning curve is only getting ever steeper, and, to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The only path ahead—up, down, left, right—is growth.

So, with that, here’s to the past 24 years and the many more to come.

Gosh, I’m old.

2 Comments
  • Ila
    Posted at 00:52h, 12 March Reply

    Hi there! Such a wonderful post, thanks!

    • Tomo
      Posted at 03:22h, 07 April Reply

      Thank you so much!

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