One of my favorite guilty pleasure sites, The Frisky, recently did a story on things they wish they knew when they were 21. And then the lovely Miss H made her own list and encouraged me to do the same. So without further ado, 21 things I wish I had known at 21:
1.) Spending all of your disposable income and time partying is like putting a down payment on a bigger pair of jeans.
2.) At 21, you have no idea what you want to do with your life. And that’s okay.
3.) Clean breaks are the best breaks even if they hurt the most at first.
4.) Credit cards are the devil.
5.) There is no such thing as fat and happy.
6.) Nothing good happens after 2 am. It may seem good at the time, but it isn’t.
7.) Drinking an entire bottle of champagne is NEVER a good idea.
8.) If it’s on the internet today, it will be on the internet until the rapture.
9.) Passive aggressive behaviors are immature, frustrating, and completely counter-productive.
10.) You will never have the opportunity to bum around Europe or study abroad for a summer again.
11.) Own a good-quality, well-fitting suit preferably in black.
12.) Take pictures of the important and not-so-important things and people in your life. Have them printed. Frame them or put them in photo albums.
13.) Go see your grandparents.
14.) Thank your parents. A lot.
15.) Go on a siblings trip before they/you all get married and have babies.
16.) Some friendships will be short stories instead of epic sagas.
17.) Sunscreen is your face’s best friend and expensive moisture is worth it.
18.) Wear your retainer.
19.) Keeping things on the DL or being friends with benefits will never evolve into the relationship you want.
20.) Do all the things you really want to do and none of the things you don’t. It will make your life more fun, more interesting and far less stressful.
21.) These really are the best times in your life.
What do you known now that you wish you had known when you were younger? What would you tell your younger-self if you could?