24 very specific lessons I’ve learned in 24 years

24 (very specific) lessons I've learned in 24 years, forthe20s.com

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Yeah, a lot of reflection posts on life lessons might tell you something like –

“Your hardest struggles can turn into your biggest strengths…”

– But will they remind you to add water to your microwavable mac and cheese? I didn’t think so.

That’s what this post is for.

I created this draft and started writing this post a couple of days before I turned 24, thinking I would post it on my birthday. Well my birthday was in February. And now it’s May. So that didn’t happen.

But that’s okay, it just gave me more time to learn a few more very specific things.

24 (very specific) lessons I’ve learned in 24 years:

  1. When you’re making the microwavable mac and cheese packets you seriously need to remember to add water to the noodles before you put it in the microwave.
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  2. I know you are scared to watch/read things where a lot of characters die because you become attached to fictional characters but pain is unavoidable in life and some of the absolute best content involves death and facing loss. (Looking at you, Game of Thrones.)
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  3. I know you want that girl to be a good friend but if she’s constantly talking trash about her other friends to you while simultaneously posting positively about them on social media then she’s proooobably doing the same with you. When people show you who they are, believe them.
    Full Story Time: Breakup with your Toxic Friend (cus I’m Bored)

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  4. That popular social media post is very very true: If you’ve been drinking and you’re in the mindset that tequila shots are now a good idea, you should have definitely already left the bar.

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  5. Just because a map of the USA shows Alaska up top by itself, that doesn’t mean Alaska is an island. idiot. It’s attached to Canada.
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  6. I know you’re bad at communication but If you never reach out to people first they will eventually stop reaching out to you. (Which is understandable. You need to reach out to people first.)
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  7. I know you hate running but you’re going to have to find a way to enjoy exercise because eventually your mental health and chocolate addiction will catch up with you.
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  8. No matter how many times you rewatch it Gilmore Girls will always be a comforting presence in your life. Except for the revival. Sometimes the things we get super excited about just end up letting us down. (Sooo…pretend the revival doesn’t exist.)
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  9. You need to triple check the syllabus throughout the course of the class because finding out that a paper is worth 50% of your class grade the night before it’s due is one hell of a slap in the face and also 100% your own fault.
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  10. Anxiety is going to give you some sh*t. And I know you shut down and get snappy in crowded places when you feel like you are out of place because of it. But the people you’re with can’t read your mind. They don’t deserve to be snapped at. Communicate with them and tell them how you’re feeling – if they’re decent people they will understand and want to help you get out of that situation.
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  11. Hey, you! You’re going to run into a lot of poles if you keep looking backward while walking forward.

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  12. If someone you work with calls you by the wrong name even after you’ve corrected them once, correct them again. Keep correcting them until they get it right or else you’ll have to deal with being called Hannah at your work place for the rest of your time working there. And your name is Dana. Not Hannah.
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  13. No matter how hard you try to convince yourself that you will find a use for that pretty notebook at Barnes & Noble or Target even though you already have a stack of blank notebooks in a pile at home – you won’t. It will just be added to the top of the pile.
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  14. Make sure to listen to the announcements on public transit because if you don’t you might just find yourself traveling in a big circle back to London for over an hour instead of on your way to Brighton for your day trip. Just maybe..
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  15. Always check the expiration date on the milk before you pour it on your cereal. Please. Always.

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  16. The amount of time you’ve invested into something is not a good enough reason to stick with it if it’s bad for you or not what you want. Looking at you, Pretty Little Liars. Should have dropped you halfway through the 4th season.
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  17. Always make sure that not only you, but everyone with you has their ID on them when you’re going to a bar/club. Especially make sure that the drunkest person in the group has their ID on them. Otherwise you’ll spend your night waiting for an Uber while babysitting the drunk crying girl, who’s peeing on the side of the building, outside the club instead of inside the club having a good time like you planned. Okay.
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  18. Certain personalities are just not meant to coexist in close quarters. Some people are really into keeping common living areas clean and doing their dishes and not leaving trash everywhere out of respect for their roommates… and some people just straight up don’t care. Even if you ask them to please do their dishes. They just…. don’t care.
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  19. Even though Peperoncini’s sound like they could be something like little pepperonis, they’re not. They’re hot peppers. No meat involved.

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  20. There is definitely a limit on how many times you can ride spinny rides in a row. Because even though they might be all fun and games the first 5-6 times, that 7th time is 100% going to make you vomit.
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  21. When you don’t find out the sex of your baby until they’re born, people tend to buy you a lot of blue and brown stuff, but essentially no pink or purple things. This one is more of an observation than a lesson I guess. (Also not my baby.)
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  22. You are not a horror movie person. You watched one horror movie junior year of high school and you still think about it and scare yourself with the thought of it. Just…. leave the horror movies alone.
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  23. If a man on the street ever tells you that you’re brave for walking alone where you are, immediately turn in the opposite direction and find the nearest crowded place as fast as you can. For real.
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  24. Eggs aren’t dairy. That’s it. That’s the lesson.

 


 

So there you have it! I’d love to know some (very specific) life lessons you’ve learned so far!

24 (very specific) lessons I've learned in 24 years

 

— a twenty something

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