A few weeks before my twenty second birthday, I decided to write a list of the things I had learned in the previous year. Year after year I look back to this list, and laugh not only at how true it remains, but how reflective it is of being precisely twenty one years old. It was a time of discovery and stupidity. I had a lot of both. I like to re-post this each year to remind myself of where I was, and where I’m going.
THINGS I LEARNED WHEN I WAS TWENTY-ONE
Wherever I go, there I am. Disappointing, but true.
The best way to get free ANYTHING is to go out dressed as a naughty nurse.
Working full time and simultaneously attending school full time is the death of everything you hold dear. Only do that if you enjoy watching all of your health, sanity, and relationships deteriorate.
Travel. Travel travel travel. There is so much world out there and you can’t die knowing that you didn’t bother with most of it. Go get you some.
Drinking a third of a bottle of Jäger in a bathroom stall will not necessarily make you vomit, but downing a Guinness immediately afterwards will probably put you over the edge.
Hot tubs, S’mores, margaritas, high heels, bikinis, and my girls are the stuff dreams are made of.
It isn’t worth seeing the greatest sights in the world with people who don’t care about you, it’s a wasted opportunity for a grand adventure. Experience life with those who love you, otherwise it’s not worth living.
Mono sucks. I mean really really really sucks.
Love is in the touch of a friend.
If you see your ex’s parents, be super nice to them. What goes around comes around.
Garages can be comfy places to live. Better than cars anyway. Make friends with spiders.
Double Decker busses, like everything else in life, will only get old if you let them.
My mom is an all-seeing, all knowing being.
It shouldn’t be too scary being who you really are, because those that love you best, love you no matter what you do, say, believe, or don’t believe.
Europe really is everything it’s cracked up to be.
Body boarding might rip your nose ring out, but it’s still totally worth it.
Every good relationship should have a million inside jokes, including but not limited to barn animal names, salty nut sundaes, Scrumsquatullating, “Space chair”, putting Johnny Depp in Princess Sophia for a little ride, and bumpin’ knees with nacho cheese.
Change is inevitable, and often painful. Buck up. Run into it with fists flying and make it suit you. Embrace that which you don’t understand because it still happens to be what you’ve got. If all else fails, buy a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, get your cat, call a friend, and watch a movie with explosions instead of a romance.
Nothing compares to a lazy day spent laughing over old family guy episodes while drinking beer and eating pizza with your favorite British person.
Tanning beds give you cancer, but even your parents will tell you that you look great.
Catching bouquets at weddings should be avoided at all costs. Even if they hit you in the chest.
It turns out the best thing my momma ever taught me was that you can get upgraded tires with a delicate mixture of tears and cleavage. Thanks mom.
Don’t kiss everyone you know on New Years just because it’s New Years. January 2nd, things might feel awkward.
College has a four year way of neatly wrapping itself up. Bands break up, friends get married, and everyone starts packing.
Mistakes are just that. Mistakes. Tattoos on the other hand, are permanent etchings on your body.
Your ex-boyfriends are your EX-boyfriends for a reason.
You will get hurt, badly, playing football in a hallway.
It’s bad to make the same mistake over and over expecting that it will work out well this time.
Family is the best thing to ever happen to me.
Mayonnaise on french fries actually isn’t all that bad.
The dorms are all fun and games until you’ve been living there for four years. Free rent can only get you so far.
Politicians, the guy who fixes my tires, and the ring finger on my right hand are crooked. There are some things we all just have to learn how to live with.
Everyone should find a person who will have adventures with them and cling to that person for the rest of their life. The mundane is a slow and painful death. Creativity is like a sunrise every second.
Nobody should ever have to live anywhere without access to, or the ability to make a little music.
It’s a bad idea to admit what you’re thinking most of the time. It’s only going to get you into trouble.
School is just not that important.
Laughing loud enough to get kicked out of somewhere is a GOOD thing.
Always live somewhere that has a bathroom.
Butt charades is an effective means of communication.
Plastic purses can effectively carry all the sand you might ever want from the beach to your dorm room.
Studio apartments = ❤
Long distance relationships = :<
No bar in America truly knows how to make a snakebite.
Fanny means vagina in England.
The best things in life are free, but it costs a lot in gas money and airplane tickets to get to those things. 😉