Becoming Your Highest Self – 20 Things I’ve Learned At 20

Nina Gitchibayeva Nina Gitchibayeva

They say “with age comes wisdom”, but I beg to differ. There have been plenty revolutionary moments invoked by young people that have changed the course of history. Think of Malala Yousafzai, who was only 11 years old when she started her protest against the Taliban. Emma Gonzalez, a highschooler that went on live TV to advocate for gun control, and many more… So, before being hesitant and leery towards the possibly life-changing advice I am about to give you, keep these names in the back of your mind and while you’re at it – keep that mind a little open as well!


What is a ‘Highest Self’

If you’re anything like me, you are constantly thinking of new ways to improve yourself and take yet one step closer towards your highest self.

A highest self = ‘an eternal, omniscient, conscious, and intelligent being, who is one’s real self’

May this be in a religious, spiritual or simply mental concept; reaching your highest self represents the constant strive towards bettering yourself mentally and physically. As someone who has been on this journey for the past years, someone who has read many of these articles, watched documentaries and has read plenty of self-help books: I have learned a lot of important lessons. As a homage to learning these lessons before becoming a legal adult -by the parameters of the American law- here are 20 lessons I’ve learned at 20.

20 Lessons at 20


Nina Gitchibayeva

I am a student of International Communication and Media at Thomas More in Belgium. For my Erasmus exchange, I have decided to study Communication at Abat Oliba in Barcelona.