25 Things I’d Tell The 25-Year-Old Me.

1. The first quarter of your life is behind you. Let’s keep assuming you’ll live to be a 100. Live your best life.

2. Apply the 80-20 rule to life. Spend 80% of your time with 20% of the people who matter most.

3. May some things never change. Like you obsessing over your blog stats.

4. Sometimes, you’ve just got to take the shit people throw at you & move on.

5. By now, you should have said at least once in your life, “There’s no where else I’d rather be, and nothing else I’d rather be doing.” And meant it.

6. It’s not all downhill from here. ‘Life begins at 30’ might just be true.

7. It’s okay to lie for a good cause.

8. We’re past the Gandhian era. If life bitch-slaps you, don’t offer your other cheek.

9. If you don’t wake up every morning just for a glance outside your window, you better be panicking. Life is too short to live in an ugly place.

10. What good is your money if it can’t make you happy?

11. As people get richer, they get stingier. Poor & big-hearted is better than rich & stingy.

12. The difference between a good day & bad day is just a moment. Find yours.

13. On some days, create that moment for someone else.

14. Think BIG. Always.

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15. Life is too short to watch someone else live your dream. Look elsewhere.

16. Just because everyone does it, doesn’t mean it needs to be done.

17. Just because everyone says it, doesn’t mean you should too.

18. Allow space for your principles to evolve. It’ll make you a better person.

19. Once you’re dead, it doesn’t matter what your grave says.

20. Don’t obsess over what people think of you. Judge yourself.

20. Take risks. What’s the worse that could happen?

21. Treasure good friends. They only come along a few times in a lifetime.

22. You are the only one stopping yourself from the next best thing.

23. Is today the day you’ll try something new?

24. Treat yourself to some chocolate every once in a while.

25. Why so serious?

PS: I’ll be bordering 25 in 2 years. It’s never too early to share the wisdom 🙂

What would you say to your future self?

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  1. 2 more years to go…. well,
    I like the things abt. eating chocolates which I pamper myself once in a while( age you see, I have to be careful), Second one is I love to look out of the window as soon as i get up.
    I have started a new venture, jewellery designing. Shall share the link in my next blog.

    Now after completing 2 quarters I wonder what I would write for me.
    Good work Shivya. Always a pleasure visiting your blog:)

  2. Nice thoughts Shivya. Life is too short to realize a lot of things. The sooner we realize at least a few of them, the more we live our lives the way it should be lived. 😉
    Keep living.

  3. Wow. You are perhaps the most mature 23 year old I’ve come across. Good stuff Shivya!

    1. Thanks Abhishek 🙂 There’s always room to grow. Hope to see you at The Shooting Star again!

  4. shahujvaln says:


    Nice post.. I like 80-20 rule

  5. You sound twice as old. You are SERIOUSLY mature.

    And yes! Correction. Life begins at 40. Yet to be born.

  6. “If you don’t wake up every morning just for a glance outside your window, you better be panicking. Life is too short to live in an ugly place.”

    Well said!

      1. :-). I am sure it helps in appreciating the beauty of an offbeat place even more!

        On a serious note, typically two things keep a person tied up to a not-so-great place – work opportunities & friends/family.

        When I talk about moving to a smaller (but nice) place, typically I get those ‘Are you crazy’ kinda looks!

  7. okay..so i am commenting most belatedly on this post which simply means you are already 24!Although you might have been following various things mentioned in this post..or discontinued with..yet i am pretty sure that this is the post you visit very often.Is there is any need to explain why?;-)

    1. I am 24, and to be honest, following some & trying to follow others. I do find it inspiring to come back here & read these thoughts sometimes 🙂

  8. Great post Shivya…we all need a reminder sometimes no matter what the age. I’m 31 now and i’m glad I lived my 20’s the way I wanted – learning to be independent, taking risks, travelling, living on my own, being irresponsible, learning along the way, falling in love, getting my heartbroken, being comfortable in my own skin, etc.

    Now in my early 30’s responsibilities take over, there’s more at stake, parents are getting older and not as healthy anymore, and taking time out for my husband, career, etc – can’t just think of myself in this journey anymore. And there’s no kids in the mix yet.

    And on top of it, somehow the switch for fear is turned on once you hit your late 20’s and early 30’s. I have to keep reminding myself to stop feeling scared and just go for it. I never had this fear in my early 20’s, now when I talk to my friends in my age group we all seem to have it.

    Enjoy your 20’s and travel and see the world! Check out this youtube video – this is what I’m facing in my 30’s haha! Spoof of “we are young”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1ZoEsVZBSM

    1. I’m trying to live my 20s that way Parm, and even the thought of 30s is scary, though in my imagination, I treat my 30s no differently. I have radical-ish views when it comes to “settling down” et al and only time will tell how those play out. Love the video =)

  9. This post is just so inspiring Shivya, i feel like reading it again and again. 🙂
    Bravo ! girl 😀
    Lot more to learn from you.

  10. Its inspiring shivya…I feel i should have got these tips say 15 years back, so that i could have lived a life that i love to…Any ways still i have time to convert….:)

  11. richa pandey says:

    hello shivya,
    i found all the points thought-provoking n true . i still have time to reach d age of 25 , but i vil always make sure dat i follow most of dese points 🙂 thanks for dis valuable post !

  12. “space for your principles to evolve. They will make you a better person”.. Beautifully put. 🙂 Am amazed by the variety of beautiful things you have done in your travels and as i mentioned once before over mail to you, i have deep respect for the fact that you are following your passion. 🙂
    Post my engg. I also, didn’t join the corporate job and choose to instead follow my heart and i have been so content the past 2 years. It has been tough but totally worth it at every step of the way. There is just so much adrenalin rush in treading on the unknown. 🙂
    Keep going strong and hopefully, i will soon get to go on one of those offbeat trips planned by un-travel.

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  14. “On some days create that moment for someone else” – The line I keep coming back for

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