So, since I'll be 20 in less than a week, I thought I'd read an article about things to do in the 20's. I like most of the things on the list. If you want you can check it out here.
These are the ones I really liked.
1. Don’t feel the need to respond to every text message, phone call, and
email the second it reaches you. Once upon a time, it took longer than a
minute to reach someone. People used stamps and envelopes; they had
answering machines they didn’t check for hours, sometimes days. No one
will die if you don’t immediately respond to every message you receive.
2. Ask for what’s owed to you. Half the time, you’re not getting your
needs met because you’re not making them known. Your employers, romantic
interests, and friends are not going to read your mind and give you
what you need unless you speak up.
4. If you’re unhappy and someone offers you a way out, take it. You
don’t owe your first job years of loyalty and your first-born; you don’t
have to stay in your city just because you’re on a first-name basis
with the bodega guy. Do what feels right; the initial fear will give way
8. Learn how to cook. Here’s an idea — instead of spending all your
money on ridiculously marked-up restaurant food, save your money by
buying non-processed WHOLE FOODS and LEARNING HOW TO MAKE A MEAL OF REAL
FOOD. A meal of real food is not a box of Annie’s Organic Mac and
Cheese — that’s PROCESSED FOOD. A meal is something like sauteed brussel
sprouts with onions and pinto beans garnished with salt and pepper.
You’ll thank yourself for learning how to cook when your metabolism
catches up to you.
9. Keep making friends. Everyone complains that it’s hard to make
friends after college, but we still manage to find new people to flirt
with and date, right? It’s not that hard. You know yourself better than
you ever have before, and your friends can finally reflect that. Don’t
cling to old friends because it’s too frightening or ‘risky’ to make new
11. Stay up late. In your 20s, you’re all, “Let’s go to another bar!”
“Who wants to eat at a diner?” “Have you guys seen the sun rise from the
High Line?” “In this moment I swear we were infinite!” When you get
older, this becomes, “What are you doing? Go home. Watch Parks and Rec
and go to sleep. What is wrong with you, staying up all night? Who has
time for that?” If you’re in your 20s, you do. You have all the time. Do
it now and take advantage of how not tired you are. You think you’re
crabby now when you stay up too late? You’ll never believe how terrible
you feel when you do it in your 30s.
13. Indulge in diner/ fast food at 4 a.m. This is considered depressing behavior once you become a real adult.
14. STOP PROCRASTINATING YOUR TRIP ABROAD. YOUR CHANCES OF TAKING A LONG
VACATION ABROAD DIMINISH AS YOU BECOME MORE SET IN YOUR WAYS AND AS YOU
GAIN MORE RESPONSIBILITY.
18. Walk into Forever 21 and grab every single crappily-made floral
dress available. Is every other girl on the street wearing it? Is it
literally falling apart at the seams? Is it also actually five dollars?
BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. When you get older, your clothing becomes all
expensive blazers and tailored khakis and other pieces that won’t break
while on your body. That will be a great day — the day when your closet
starts to look respectable. Though those outfits are more expensive,
they also last longer and look better on you. You will be a classy human
ready to take on the future. But as long as you’re still in your 20s?
You know — the demographic of Forever 21? Game on, stretchy black dress
with pockets that lasts about a week. Game on.
19. Take road trips. Sitting in a car for days on end isn’t something your body was designed to do forever.
21. Go to/host theme parties. Once
people age out of their 20s, no one’s trying to wear pajamas or Saran
Wrap out of the house. The only theme parties that exist after your 20s
are ‘Wedding,’ ‘Baby Shower,’ and ‘Funeral.’
As for the others, I liked them but I didn't love them. I'm determined to make the next 10 years of my life fun. No more sitting around feeling like I'm in my 40's. There's a lot that you can do in 10 years, and I'm going to do as much as I can.