22 Lessons

22 lessons that I have learned in my 22 years.

  1. Always spend good money on the things between you and the earth: shoes, sheets and tires. This is not the time to be frugal.
  2. Relationships, of any kind, are a two-way-street. Don’t expect them to give up everything for you, if you aren’t willing to do the same for them.
  3. If you try and make plans with someone, and they turn you down more than once, they aren’t your real friends. You shouldn't have to beg someone for their time and attention, real friends make time, regardless.
  4. If someone ever criticizes your laugh, walk away, you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
  5. Invest in a good camera, take pictures of everything, and actually print them off. 20 years from now you’ll be glad all of your treasured memories are in print, and not lost on some old cell phone.
  6. Learn how to make coffee. You will save so much time and money if you don’t have to stop at a coffee shop every morning.
  7. Call your family every week. Even if its a 5 minute phone call, it will make a huge difference.
  8. Tell someone where your going, and what time you’ll be back, no matter where you are going.
  9. Find happiness in the simplest things in life: the sun shining through the clouds on a spring day, a Meadowlark singing its song, snow falling on a winter morning. The little beauties of the world are the most magnificent.
  10. Move. Anywhere you want. Mexico, Seattle, Jamaica. If you want to live there, then do it.
  11. Just because it scares you, and you might have to do it alone, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
  12. Learn to stand up for yourself, don’t ever let someone put you down. Stand up for the things you believe in.
  13. Spend at least a month deciding on what tattoo you want. After you are sure, give yourself another month of being sure before you get any work done.
  14. “Color Oops” doesn’t make your hair go back to its natural color, It turns it orange… don’t do it. Just don’t.
  15. Don’t ever move into an apartment with more than 2 other people, or if any of them have an animal of any kind.
  16. Don’t. Get. Bangs.
  17. Don’t work so hard in your 20’s thinking you’ll be able to relax and vacation in your 40’s. Enjoy your time now. Go on vacation, take time off you see your family, do it now because in 20 years it could be too late.
  18. Don’t date a guy who introduces you to his kid on the first date. Actually don’t date a guy who has a kid in the first place.
  19. If you tell someone you don’t want to do something, and they ask you why, don’t explain yourself. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your actions or decisions.
  20. If you are going to day drink, take it easy. If not you’ll end up being tanked by 5pm and have to go home early.
  21. Put your phone away. Nothing is more rude than someone who is on their damn phone all. the. time.
  22. Be patient with life. Everything is going to work itself out in the end.