25 Things I Wish I Knew Before Turning 25

I wrote you a love note, too.

Veronica Percy
4 min readOct 30, 2023


Ronni Percy, mid-laugh while fixing her hair in a one-shoulder royal blue gown. A diamond bangle adorns on the left forearm while a multi-colored pearl bracelet sits on the right forearm.
Photo Source: Personal photo of Veronica Percy

Twenty-five. The year the prefrontal cortex becomes fully formed. The age when a quarter-life crisis often hits. Hard. At that age, there’s so much wisdom to be gleaned from those we love who have already been there. There’s so much I should’ve taken more to heart. As a Filipina immigrant whose life has been full of love, anxiety, triumphs, miracles, and trauma; the greatest lessons have been the ones I’ve lived through.

However, if I could turn back time and give my twentysomething self a helpful list of lessons, this is what it would say. Of course, I’d write it in the form of a love note.

Dear 25 Year-Old Ronni,

Congratulations! We haven’t succumbed to our destructive tendencies. Things got tough there for a while, but now we know that we’re tougher. Life may feel incomplete at this juncture, but there’s so much to look forward to! I can’t wait for you to savor every moment that unfolds before you.

While that happens, here’s a list of things you should remember:

  1. Be careful with your mind and body because you get to live in them for your entire life, and carelessness will bite you in the ass in a decade.
  2. Your parents have done their absolute possible best. Love them always.
  3. Be a friend to the people you love.
  4. Everything is temporary.
  5. What you want will change 100 times before you make up your mind, and that’s okay.
  6. You know how you keep repeating that you’ll never get married? Just you wait!
  7. That one you thought you couldn’t live without…guess what? They’re gone, and You’re out here LIVING!
  8. Trauma is an inevitable part of life that requires gentleness, patience, processing, and healing.
  9. Use those facial serums and SPF 35 or higher.
  10. You will only learn that you have a good life because of the tough days.
  11. If someone feels “off” to you, you should trust that because your instincts will never lie to you.
  12. Allowing yourself to be driven by money is unsustainable; it will never feel enough. Instead, let…



Veronica Percy

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