Birthdays and inspiration

I just celebrated my birthday last week! Yup, I’m 25 years old this year. Pretty young but not that young anymore. It was a pretty busy week for me, I was caught up with my classes and assignments. (I’m still studying)

But as with every birthday that passes, you tend to reflect and think about what you’ve accomplished so far in life.

I think this is also pretty common for anyone and when you’re in your 20s, you tend to think about what you want in life because you’re just starting out and unsure what to aim for.

It’s exciting yet pretty nerve wrecking.

When I was young, I always thought that adults know what they want in life. I thought that once you were an adult, you would have everything figured out. You would know what you want and I always thought this problem would go away once you got older. But I realised, this isn’t the case.

Now this is not necessarily bad or gloomy. If you don’t have an answer, it just means you have to go and search for it.

If you find yourself waking on most days feeling like you’re not inspired and you have to drag yourself out of bed, some thing has got to change because that’s no way to live life.

Yes, for the most part of our lives it would be “boring & average” because not everyday is going to be exciting and thrilling since we all have our jobs and responsibilities. (Unless you are a jetsetter who is flying around the world) However this doesn’t mean that we can’t live everyday feeling inspired and fulfilled.


The way to do this is to draw from your Inspirational Well that is within you. We all have an Inspirational Well, it might currently be hidden and somewhere deep inside you, it might even be dry. But this is one well where if you dig deep enough, you’re going to witness inspiration pouring out of you again.


Remember those times when you were a kid and you had many ideas and thoughts everyday. Perhaps it was in your teens or maybe you had this phase in your 20s. You were always doing something new, pushing your boundaries or you always had a lot of ideas. You want to draw from this well, you got to push for it.


A day a week, work on what excites you

Google has this initiative of 20% time where they let their employees spend 20% of their time on any side projects or ventures that they have a keen interest in. Incorporate this into your life. Set aside a day a week or a few hours every week to work on an idea or activity that inspires you.

Now take some time to think about what this activity might be. Maybe it is an activity that you always wanted to try out or it can be an idea that you’ve had for a while but never got around to do it. It can even be something as simple as trying out a different routine in your schedule.

We only live once and the time we have on Earth is pretty short, so don’t have any regrets. Pursue your dreams and embrace change. Life can been pretty exciting but this will only happen if you are willing to chase it.

I know we all have responsibilities and sometimes it can feel like you don’t have any time to spend on yourself since it’s all work and family, however balance is key. Always take some time to relax and unwind, it’s important for your well being. I personally like to set aside about 30mins a day where I am free to think of anything I want to. This is a very simple pleasure but something I enjoy greatly.


Try and try new things

If you are still unsure of what you like, that’s fine. Keep trying new things to find it! I believe we all have at least one interest that we really enjoy. Time flies when we’re doing it and it just brings a smile to our face. You never really know if you would like the activity until you give it a shot.

I personally have been volunteering at an animal shelter for the past few months. I never once thought of myself as someone who would do this but after trying it out a couple of times, it’s really rewarding. The interaction is pretty sweet and although it does take quite a bit of time but it’s definitely worth it.


As they say, “Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it.” Here’s hoping that you can live everyday feeling fulfilled and chase your dreams!

As always thanks for reading and a very happy birthday to you if your birthday falls in February as well 🙂



10 Replies to “Birthdays and inspiration”

  1. Happy birthday! I certainly know what you mean about having thought grownups had their act together when you were a kid – then you reach grownup age and life still feels a bit uncertain. Personally, I think the 20s is a difficult decade. It was for me anyway.

    I like your motto of setting aside 30 minutes a day for free thought. It doesn’t take long to get inspired if you can find time and the right atmosphere to hear yourself think.

    1. Thanks for the wishes Mrs G! Yes, life is definitely a never ending puzzle. You’re always learning regardless of how old you are and that’s really the beautiful thing about life itself!

      Yup, inspiration is easier when you have clarity and time to think!

  2. Well said! 25 was a great year for me. It’s the cusp of YOLO and realizing “dang, you really only live once.”

    1. Haha, YOLO is really the theme for the 20s. I’m hoping for a great year too!

  3. Happy, happy birthday, T! Great post! I love the idea of setting aside a few hours each week to just work on something that inspires you – anything your heart desires. 🙂

    1. Thanks Amanda! Yeah, it’s great when you can do what you like!

  4. Happy Birthday Terence!
    I really like your point about taking one day per week to work on your own stuff. I think that’s so important. As of right now, Saturday is that one day that I work one everything blogging and dividend investing. I think it would be great to work for a company that gives you time to work on your own projects too. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the wishes Graham! I definitely feel that it’s important, especially if your current lifestyle leaves very little time for yourself. Doing these side projects would be a great way to take a break as well!

  5. Hey man, happy birthday and glad I found your blog.

    I’m 24, turning 25 in June, I can completely relate to everything you are saying… part of me says, “Why not go to the bar every night and have fun and be wild?” while another part of me says “I want to read and improve myself and take advantage of compounding so when I wake up and I’m 40, I’m an amazing person”

    It’s tough. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

    1. Hey Erik, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      Yeah, it’s definitely a tough decisions at times but deep down we all know what we’re here for. It’s about no having any regrets and working hard now so we can enjoy life later now. As they say, do what is easy now and life will be hard later, do what is hard now and life will be easy later!

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