21 Things
I wish I'd known
when I was 21. 

Sign up for Updates

Wouldn't it be fantastic if we had as much foresight as we do hindsight. If we were able to avoid making mistakes and doing dopey things?

But really that’s not realistic, is it.

We all make mistakes. Just as, we all do some really fabulous things and sometimes achieve above and beyond what we ever thought we were capable of.

If we didn’t make mistakes we wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn and grow. Out of mistakes come some of our greatest accomplishments.

Lets turn it around and not look at the mistakes we’ve made in the past, but more importantly what we have learnt, the insights we’ve gained along the way and then project it into the NOW and the future.

So here is our list of the ‘21 things I wish I’d known when I was 21’ …but more importantly, we can apply them to life right now..

1. Talk Straight – Tell The Truth

honesty

Talk straight. Be Honest. Tell the truth.

Let people know who you are and what you stand for.

Demonstrate integrity.

Not just with other people, but also with yourself. Be honest with yourself. Have integrity for yourself.

2. Learn to Love Change

love-it-fear-it

There’s one constant in life and that is nothing stays the same and things change.

Anthony Robbins suggests that the quality of our life is determined by our ability to deal with and embrace uncertainty. Learn to love change.

3. What Other People Think, Just Isn’t That Important

who-cares

The only thing that’s important is what you think and feel about yourself. Stop worrying about what your peers think. You’re the one who has to wake up with you in the morning and look yourself in the eye in the mirror. Live your life according to what’s important to you, your values, not theirs.

4. Take a ‘Clear Your Head’ Break

clear-your-head

There are times when you need to… get a different perspective, to clear the mind, to weigh things up. Sometimes you need to walk away to refresh and rejuvenate. Sometimes you just need to walk away.

5. Give Yourself Permission Not To Know

its-okay-not-to-know

It’s OK not to have all the answers. It’s OK not to know what it is you want to do. It’s Ok to explore life, do different things, try new ways of thinking. The answers come as you’re moving forward.

6. Listen More, Talk Less

talk-less-listen-more

It doesn’t matter who you are, chances are there are people around you who are probably more experienced and/or a lot smarter than you. So ask smart questions. Listen more than you speak. People have amazing insights, knowledge and stories to share, if you just ask them.

7. Make Others Feel Valued

Make Others Feel Valued

It was Maya Angelou who said, ‘People forget what you say, and they will forget what you do, but people don’t forget how you made them feel.’

Never underestimate the power of empowering others, through kind words, compliments, encouragement and acts of kindness.

8. Keep Growing & Learning

growing-tree-on-hand

Yes, school ends at some point for most of us, but keep learning. We humans are a bit like plants, if you’re not growing, you’re withering and dying. So keep the learning loop open. Invest in yourself and keep growing.

9. Step Up and Say Yes

Step Up and Say Yes

Growth and learning starts at the edge of your comfort zone, not in your comfort zone. Sure learning new things and making changes can be scary… but it is by stepping up and saying ‘yes’ more often, that opportunities open up to you.

10. Learn From Your Mistakes

learn-from-your-mistakes

No words necessary. Simple.

11. Develop Your Friendships

you-have-to-be-a-friend

You have to be a friend to have a friend.

Friends come and go in your life, through the different times. But there are some friendships that are worth developing, nourishing and maintaining.

Friends are those wonderful people who know all about you, and still like you.

Friendship is one of the best support systems in the world and has huge benefits on so many levels.

12. Love Your Culture

love-your-culture

Language, dress, ceremonies, music, family & cultural backgrounds… make us all unique and different. Cherish your heritage and culture. The sharing of cultures, the blending of all of us together, is what makes for a more enriched, more accepting and more powerful world. Celebrate who you are.

13. It’s Not That Serious

its-not-so-serious

Life can be serious sometimes. But it’s important not to take yourself too seriously. Have fun. Laugh a lot. Giggle. Be Wild. Be Wacky. Be even more wonderful. Don’t take yourself too seriously. In the scheme of things the world doesn’t revolve around you. 

14. Back Yourself

be-seriously-authentic

Always be true to yourself. Be mindful not to set your life path or a career in a direction based on what other people (family and friends) want for you. Know that their intentions are probably good, back yourself and do what you want to do.

15. Connect With Others – Meet New People

connect-with-others

Connecting in person and getting out and meeting new people can create opportunities and possibilities that you may not have known were available to you. You’ll be amazed at how many doors can open for you as your circle of influence increases.

16. Work With What You’ve Got

past-doesnt-determine-your-future

It’s very easy to go through life wishing that you had more, or you were different. But there are no excuses. Your past does not determine your future.

With the Para-Olympics just finished, the dedication, determination, perseverance and resilience of such amazing athletes was inspirational.

If you are whole bodied and able… what’s your excuse?

17. Take A Risk

take-risks

Go after what you want.
Go for that dream job.
Go up to that pretty girl or gorgeous guy and say ‘Hi’.
Quit your job and travel the world. Take a risk. If you don’t give it a go, you’ll never know.
Ask yourself... What’s The Worst Thing That Can Happen?

If you can live with and deal with the consequences and you want to do something, do it.

18. Right Wrongs

right-wrongs

Make things right if you’re wrong. Apologise quickly.

This demonstrates humility and strength of character.

There is a big difference between someone who says ‘sorry’ a lot, and someone who says ‘I apologise’. Say the words and feel the difference.

19. Keep Commitments

Say what you are going to do, then do what you said you would do. Be consistent, so you know that you are a person of your word.

20. Be A Leader & A Follower of Great Leaders

‘It takes a Wise Man to Learn from his mistakes and an even wiser man to learn from others’Zen Proverb.

Be a leader and a follower, learn from both perspectives.

21. Remember Who You Are

Somewhere along the line we forget sometimes, what we loved about life when we were kids – the things that used to light up our lives. Some of us were meant to be painting, writing, drawing, creating, designing, building, moving, speaking, singing, caring... Take the time to reconnect with what made you feel alive, at your most content and most fulfilled and do more of that.

BONUS for my (insert your age here)... year old self…

wake-up-life-is-a-gift

So once again, we hope you enjoy the article, feel free to share it.

And of course there is a fabulous free printable download to grab, so go ahead.

Have a fabulous week!

Love Life.

PS. Hey... here’s an idea… If you can think of any other gems, insights, learning or musings, that you have learnt along your own journey through life, let us know. We’d love to hear from you. Hey, if we get enough, we’ll create a booklet and share it with everyone. xxx

Nat and Sandra Sig_rev

Wild Wacky Wonderful Women Founders

Contact Us Today
21 Things
I wish I'd known
when I was 21. 

Wouldn't it be fantastic if we had as much foresight as we do hindsight. If we were able to avoid making mistakes and doing dopey things?

But really that’s not realistic, is it.

We all make mistakes. Just as, we all do some really fabulous things and sometimes achieve above and beyond what we ever thought we were capable of.

If we didn’t make mistakes we wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn and grow. Out of mistakes come some our greatest accomplishments.

Lets turn it around and not look at the mistakes we’ve made in the past, but more importantly what we have learnt, the insights we’ve gained along the way and then project it into the NOW and the future.

So here is our list of the ‘21 things I wish I’d known when I was 21’ …but more importantly, we can apply them to life right now..

1. Talk Straight – Tell The Truth

honesty

Talk straight. Be Honest. Tell the truth.

Let people know who you are and what you stand for.

Demonstrate integrity.

Not just with other people, but also with yourself. Be honest with yourself. Have integrity for yourself.

2. Learn to Love Change

love-it-fear-it

There’s one constant in life and that is nothing stays the same and things change.

Anthony Robbins suggests that the quality of our life is determined by our ability to deal with and embrace uncertainty. Learn to love change.

3. What Other People Think, Just Isn’t That Important

who-cares

The only thing that’s important is what you think and feel about yourself. Stop worrying about what your peers think. You’re the one who has to wake up with you in the morning and look yourself in the eye in the mirror. Live your life according to what’s important to you, your values, not theirs.

4. Take a ‘Clear Your Head’ Break

clear-your-head

There are times when you need to… get a different perspective, to clear the mind, to weigh things up. Sometimes you need to walk away to refresh and rejuvenate. Sometimes you just need to walk away.

5. Give Yourself Permission Not To Know

its-okay-not-to-know

It’s OK not to have all the answers. It’s OK not to know what it is you want to do. It’s Ok to explore life, do different things, try new ways of thinking. The answers come as you’re moving forward.

6. Listen More, Talk Less

talk-less-listen-more

It doesn’t matter who you are, chances are there are people around you who are probably more experienced and/or a lot smarter than you. So ask smart questions. Listen more than you speak. People have amazing insights, knowledge and stories to share, if you just ask them.

7. Make Others Feel Valued

Make Others Feel Valued

It was Maya Angelou who said, ‘People forget what you say, and they will forget what you do, but people don’t forget how you made them feel.’

Never underestimate the power of empowering others, through kind words, compliments, encouragement and acts of kindness.

8. Keep Growing & Learning

growing-tree-on-hand

Yes, school ends at some point for most of us, but keep learning. We humans are a bit like plants, if you’re not growing, you’re withering and dying. So keep the learning loop open. Invest in yourself and keep growing.

9. Step Up and Say Yes

Step Up and Say Yes

Growth and learning starts at the edge of your comfort zone, not in your comfort zone. Sure learning new things and making changes can be scary… but it is by stepping up and saying ‘yes’ more often, that opportunities open up to you.

10. Learn From Your Mistakes

learn-from-your-mistakes

No words necessary. Simple.

11. Develop Your Friendships

you-have-to-be-a-friend

You have to be a friend to have a friend.

Friends come and go in your life, through the different times. But there are some friendships that are worth developing, nourishing and maintaining.

Friends are those wonderful people who know all about you, and still like you.

Friendship is one of the best support systems in the world and has huge benefits on so many levels.

12. Love Your Culture

love-your-culture

Language, dress, ceremonies, music, family & cultural backgrounds… make us all unique and different. Cherish your heritage and culture. The sharing of cultures, the blending of all of us together, is what makes for a more enriched, more accepting and more powerful world. Celebrate who you are.

13. It’s Not That Serious

its-not-so-serious

Life can be serious sometimes. But it’s important not to take yourself too seriously. Have fun. Laugh a lot. Giggle. Be Wild. Be Wacky. Be even more wonderful. Don’t take yourself too seriously. In the scheme of things the world doesn’t revolve around you. 

14. Back Yourself

be-seriously-authentic

Always be true to yourself. Be mindful not to set your life path or a career in a direction based on what other people (family and friends) want for you. Know that their intentions are probably good, back yourself and do what you want to do.

15. Connect With Others – Meet New People

connect-with-others

Connecting in person and getting out and meeting new people can create opportunities and possibilities that you may not have known were available to you. You’ll be amazed at how many doors can open for you as your circle of influence increases.

16. Work With What You’ve Got

past-doesnt-determine-your-future

It’s very easy to go through life wishing that you had more, or you were different. But there are no excuses. Your past does not determine your future.

With the Para-Olympics just finished, the dedication, determination, perseverance and resilience of such amazing athletes was inspirational.

If you are whole bodied and able… what’s your excuse?

17. Take A Risk

take-risks

Go after what you want.
Go for that dream job.
Go up to that pretty girl or gorgeous guy and say ‘Hi’.
Quit your job and travel the world. Take a risk. If you don’t give it a go, you’ll never know.
Ask yourself... What’s The Worst Thing That Can Happen?

If you can live with and deal with the consequences and you want to do something, do it.

18. Right Wrongs

right-wrongs

Make things right if you’re wrong. Apologise quickly.

This demonstrates humility and strength of character.

There is a big difference between someone who says ‘sorry’ a lot, and someone who says ‘I apologise’. Say the words and feel the difference.

19. Keep Commitments

Say what you are going to do, then do what you said you would do. Be consistent, so you know that you are a person of your word.

20. Be A Leader and A Follower of Great Leaders

‘It takes a Wise Man to Learn from his mistakes and an even wiser man to learn from others’Zen Proverb.

Be a leader and a follower, learn from both perspectives.

21. Remember Who You Are

Somewhere along the line we forget sometimes, what we loved about life when we were kids – the things that used to light up our lives. Some of us were meant to be painting, writing, drawing, creating, designing, building, moving, speaking, singing, caring... Take the time to reconnect with what made you feel alive, at your most content and most fulfilled and do more of that.

BONUS for my (insert your age here)... year old self…

wake-up-life-is-a-gift_mobile

So once again, we hope you enjoy the article, feel free to share it.

And of course there is a fabulous free printable download to grab, so go ahead.

Have a fabulous week!

Love Life.

PS. Hey... here’s an idea… If you can think of any other gems, insights, learning or musings, that you have learnt along your own journey through life, let us know. We’d love to hear from you. Hey, if we get enough, we’ll create a booklet and share it with everyone. xxx

Nat and Sandra Sig_rev

Wild Wacky Wonderful Women Founders

Contact Us Today

Sign up for Updates

Natalie Shepard
Wild Wacky Wonderful Women

3 Comments

  1. Ros Ruskin Rowe on October 20, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Perfect timing thank you girls! 21 perfect reminders to prompt us and remind who we each are. Even though I’ve heard you a number of times, it is great to be reflecting again on these simple but powerful messages.

    How are you both? I’m guessing you are about to head off to Broken Hill? Hope it’s the best week – so many amazing and resilient ladies out there!

    Currently staying on my brothers farm near Wagga. We sold our house and are buying that farm – near Cowra. On the Lachlan River but not in a flood zone.

    Will call after Broken Hill. Travel well, will be thinking of you both, bestest wishes Ros RR

  2. Liz Seeliger on October 20, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Just wonderful to hear from you two beautiful ladies.
    Stay positive as so many people need you to to help keep them positive.
    Lucky Broken Hill.
    Keep safe, cheers, Liz

  3. Helena davis on October 24, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Just to see those lovely smiling faces makes me feel ten feet tall.
    Iam forever grateful to Caroline for introducing us.
    Thank you so much Wonderful Whacky Women.
    Many thanks
    Helena

Leave a Comment