7 Things I wish I had known when I was 21

  1. Life is not going to wait for you to figure your shit out…

We all have that one friend who seems to have it all. The one with the job, the long term relationship, the fitness regime. The one who managed to figure things out early. I am not that friend. I am the friend who thought that I could figure things out later, and is over here like “Hi, I’m still working on it!” There is NOT always time. One day you’re going to wake up and you’re going to be in your late twenties, working a dead end job, wishing you had figured it all a couple of years earlier. But you didn’t figure it out, because you were spending that time doing BuzzFeed quizzes and watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix for the 17th time. So now, you know what type of pizza topping you are, but you have no idea what you’re doing with the rest of your life. GREAT!

  1. … but it’s okay because “we’re happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way”

Fortunately, unfortunately that friend who seems like they have it all together usually is just as confused as you are. Same goes for everyone else. You’re not alone in feeling like you haven’t got a clue yet. It’s okay to take the time to let yourself know who you are. Even Taylor Swift hasn’t figured it out yet, but she’s over there shaking it off. So enjoy your twenties, and figure it out as you go. You will end up where you’re supposed to be (or that’s what I am hoping at least!).

  1. C’s really DO get degrees

Once you’re done, unless you’re going to apply for grad school, no one asks about your GPA. All of those sleepless night spent fretting over 75’s are wasted. You could have used that time to actually sleep, or not sleep… what you do in those wee hours of the morning are your choice.

  1. THAT guy isn’t ever going to change, stop waiting.

We all know who that guy is. He is the one who will never stop jerking you around, and will never commit. No, he will never change and will never be worth the time spent staring at your home screen willing a message to pop up. All those fantasies of him coming to his senses? Never going to happen, so move on. You’ll be happier for it.

  1. Wonderland is a real place…

“Gee, I think this picture of me wearing this old stained shirt, with dirty hair, sitting on the couch while I eat a family sized bag of chips all by myself, is SUPERB! I am going to post it!”- Said no one ever.

Who hasn’t at some point in time stalked someones Instagram coveting a life that looks more fun, adventurous, or glamorous than their own. What we forget when we fall down this particular rabbit hole is that where we are going to end up is, in fact, Wonderland. We are in the fantasy world that has been brought to us by the user who is selectively curating their life for social consumption. When using any social media platform it is good to remember this. If we believed that the perfect view of everyone’s lives was their reality we would never be able to get out of bed in the morning, which can some days be hard enough.

  1. Caesar’s and Long Island iced tea are not a good combo (and neither is Bailey’s and wine for that matter)

I feel like this one speaks for itself. Just don’t do it. Even if they’re on special. It might sound like a good idea, but so did Sex and the City 2, and we all know how that one turned out.

  1. Even when you’re an adult you will still not feel like an adult.

No matter how many times you go to the dentist, how many bills you pay, or how much laundry you fold, you probably won’t feel like a ‘real’ adult. How can we feel like real adults, when being an adult means knowing everything, being afraid of nothing, and capable of anything. No one can fulfill these requirements of adulthood, and nor should they have to. It’s okay to enjoy life like a child, to play and adventure; it’s okay to not have all of the answers all of the time; and it’s okay to need your mom once in awhile.


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