22 Things I Learned by 22
- When wearing new shoes out for the first time, always pack bandages. No matter how comfortable you think the shoes are.
- Take your friends out when they’re feeling glum.
- Make frequent plans with anyone you’d regret not seeing more of if they died tomorrow. Your family, your friends – anyone you love.
- Always forgive. But don’t be afraid to stop spending time with people who consistently hurt you.
- Eat a meal before a night of drinking if you don’t want to become best friends with the toilet the next morning.
- Tell people all the nice things you think about them. Too often we forget to say these things out loud.
- Pay your bills as soon as you get them. (If at all possible.)
- Look at yourself in the mirror and imagine what 80-year-old you would say about how beautiful you look now.
- Eat dessert.
- Don’t be afraid to be the person who cares more.
- Make the grand gesture.
- Don’t buy clothes that don’t currently fit you.
- If you always feel worse about yourself after spending time with someone, stop spending time with them.
- Pay attention to how your friends behave when you achieve success. The real ones will celebrate your successes with you and share in your failures.
- Learn how to do handy things, like fix toilets and change lightbulbs by yourself. Being self-sufficient is not gender specific.
- Smile at anyone who is serving you, be polite, and tip well.
- Do not give any one person the power to destroy you.
- Never stop learning.
- Read, read, read.
- It’s okay to cancel on group plans if you don’t feel like going, but cancelling a one-on-one last minute is inconsiderate.
- Don’t wait to wear things when you reach a certain weight. You can wear whatever style you like now. Right now.
- Allow yourself to look silly, whether on purpose or by accident. Life isn’t a beauty pageant.
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