I may or may not be having a mid-young-adult life-crisis (that has to be a thing) because today marks the day that I’m half way through being 21. I’m going to be honest, until Taylor Swift released “22” I was pretty much positive that life just goes downhill from 21 (age wise at least) but Taylor’s song bought me one more year of youthful freedom, thankfully. Still, I can’t help but think 21.5 is pretty close to the dreaded 23 (too close). Jeff’s been 23 for nearly a year and let me tell you, his body’s already degenerating (or so he thinks). Everyday something is sore, maybe it’s a scab, maybe it’s a knee, maybe it’s a toothache. No matter what the cause, his body has started to give out on him. I’m not ready to be old, there are so many things I have left to do in my life.
Twenty One Pieces of Advice to Live By when you’re 21:
1. Don’t be afraid of change, there are so many opportunities and adventures waiting, take them!
2. On the other hand, realize that sometimes commitment is important. It takes determination and time to achieve your goals.
3. Eat the ice cream and pizza while your metabolism is still running on overdrive.
4. That being said, take advantage of having a young body that recovers from injuries quickly and gets back into shape fast. Learn to do that headstand, run a marathon, compete in a triathlon. Of course you can do these things in years to come but it will be easier now.
5. Wear yoga pants to work, you won’t be able to do that when you have a “real job”.
6. Stock up on cheap jewelry from Claire’s.
7. Wash your bath tub more often.
8. Recognize you’re always too old for pointless twitter/facebook/instagram drama, that’s what diaries and best friends are for.
9. It’a always better to be overdressed than underdressed (except when you’re wearing those yoga pants to that nannying job).
10. Cartwheel whenever possible.
11. You’re never too old to try something new. Paddleboard yoga is on my list!
12. Let your friend borrow that overpriced party dress you bought to impress that guy you sort of had a crush on six months ago, even if you’re worried she’ll stain/rip/stretch it. Friends are more important than money and definitely more important than over priced clothes you’ll never wear again.
13. Recognize that your parents are people too and that all people make mistakes.
14. Treat yourself to a pedicure before vacation, you’ll never regret having cute toes on the beach.
15. Don’t be too ashamed to ask for help when you need it.
16. Wear sunscreen and stop worrying about looking tan all the time, you’ll be thankful when you’re older.
17. Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions (sometimes the occasion is that you have a bottle of champagne in the fridge).
18. Don’t waste time worrying what others think of you. Determine your values and ambitions, be proud of who you are and who you’re striving to be.
19. Treat Birthdays as if they’re the most exciting day on earth (even when it isn’t your birthday) and even when you’re turning 23.
20. Spend sick days re-watching all of the Harry Potter movies, just because I feel like it’s a good idea.
21. You still have lots of room to learn and grow, so stop freaking out and thinking that the whole world expects you to automatically have your entire life figured out just because you can legally purchase Champagne.
What’s your advice for getting older? How do you keep yourself from falling into a mid-young-adult life crisis? Please tell me because I don’t have the money to buy a sports car or whatever it is people do when they have life crisis…