Tuesday, June 23, 2015

15 Things I Figured Out at 23.

I will officially be entering my 'mid-twenties' as I turn 24 tomorrow, just in time for all of my friends to turn 25. Oh, the highs and lows summer birthdays. I always envied the kids I went to elementary school with whose birthdays would fall on a school day. Moms would bring in party hats and Publix cupcakes into class and we'd all party for the last half hour of the day. On the flip side, I got to have pool parties every single year until I was 16 (or 17...? What? I like presents.)

Anyway, as 23 comes to a close, I've been thinking a lot about what a whirlwind of a year it's been. I think I might actually be turning into a real live grown up? That doesn't bear thinking of. Can't I just be a kid again? No? Fine, but I'm still going to Blizzard Beach with Ryan tomorrow and you can't stop me.

I decided to take a little time to reflect on the last year and figure out what lessons I've learned that have really stuck with me. Thus, I bring you:

  1. If you're not happy, change it. It really is that simple. People make it seem like it's not that simple, but to an extent, it kind of is.
  2. Make time for what matters. Family time, boyfriend time, friend time, study time, reading time, you time. Block it out, and don't change plans.
  3. I don't actually need that dress. Or swim suit. Or top. Or anything. Spending money is fun, but saving money is always better. 
  4. Some people are just assholes. Oh wait, I've always known this one. 
  5. Don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff. In regards to the former, less is more. Spend less time worrying about shit that doesn't actually matter in the grand scheme of things. 
  6. It's okay to have unproductive days. Go ahead, binge watch five episodes of Parenthood. You deserve it.
  7. Having a dog really is hard work...but it's so worth it.
  8. Love doesn't have to be dramatic to be passionate. Real relationships aren't supposed to look like the movies. How exhausting would that be?
  9. Comparison is the thief of joy. You can't compare your beginning to someone else's middle; you'll never be satisfied.
  10. Just be nice. I've found this to be true in every situation. As the saying goes, "better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn't smile back." Life isn't an episode of The Hills, and we don't get paid extra to make others feel uncomfortable.
  11. Perfection is boring. Stop trying to make your Pinterest Perfect Home happen. It's not going to happen. (LOL jk, I'm going to keep trying...)
  12. Spend less time worrying about what your next step is supposed to be. Every big decision starts with a hundred small decisions. Focus on those small decisions, one step at a time.
  13. Eat the donut. Seriously. The world will not end.
  14. Stop reading Buzzfeed articles about how to live your life in your 20s...or at least stop believing them. This kind of falls under the whole 'comparison is the thief of joy' bit. No two journeys are the same. 
  15. Don't apologize for being a "basic bitch." I haaaate that everyone uses the term 'basic' in a derogatory sense. Sorry I like popular things!!!! Or you know, sorry I'm not storry. Now let me drink my holiday themed Starbucks drink in peace while I listen to Taylor Swift ad nauseum. It ain't none of yo' business.
Anything in particular I should know about turning 24? Does this mean I have to start 'adulting' forever?! 



  1. As someone who is currently 24 (almost 25, barf) and recently made a Nerf water gun purchase, no you do not have to start adulting. Based on your list you sound like you've got the important stuff in check! Happy Birthday!

    1. Hahahaha that sounds like a solid purchase! I haven't played with one of those in a hot I want one. Thanks so much! :)


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