Lately, I’ve been noticing a parallel in my age and various things in life that I’m sure never bothered me before or even went unnoticed. Obviously, what’s important to you changes as you get older, but what about those life lessons that only seem to come with age? I’m afraid I’m still in the midst of learning them, but I think I’ve finally got it in my head to learn FROM them, which is the most important part, right?
1. Drinking to get drunk is fun. Throwing up, hangovers, blackouts, apologizing to people for being a drunk asshole, injuries from being a drunk asshole, posting bail money, etc. are not. Possibly our parents are right when they say to chase every drink with a glass of water?
2. Who invented shots and WHY do we still take them? They are never (NEVER) a good idea. Please see musing #1 above.
3a. Headaches, stomachaches, period cramps, hangovers and overall tired-ness are not good excuses to miss work. Just show up to work and do what you can to get whatever needs to be done, done. Then go home and cry in your bed.
3b. If you have sick days to use, musing 3a. does not apply.
4. Screaming is only fun for drunk people and little kids. People inside their apartments who have work tomorrow? Do not find it funny.
5. Always have a stock of certain foods. This will a. eliminate the need for a grocery store run every time you make dinner and b. allow for more than takeout.
6. Just because you CAN eat potato chips for dinner doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
7. Always take out your contacts, brush your teeth and wash your face before bed. You’ll thank yourself later.
8. If you’re not a morning person, prepare your outfit/lunch/things you need to take with you the night before. This eliminates you stumbling around your apartment trying to find your shoes 5 minutes after you should have left for work.
9. Be nice to people. You never know when those people will become your friend’s girlfriend/boss/co-worker. Also? It’s easier.
10. Let the little things go. This is probably one of the hardest things to practice. It seems simple, but it’s far from it. You will be a much happier person if you focus on the good things in life rather than dwelling on that guy who cut you off in traffic.
11. #1 hardest thing for me to comprehend: the past is the past. Let this go as well; it’s there for a reason. When problems are settled, don’t bring them up again. Don’t take other people’s mistakes out on those in your life now. Try to remember that everything happens for a reason even if it seems like a reall eff-ed up one.
12. Spend time with your family and friends. There’s a reason why they love you. Don’t lose touch.
13. Explore. Whether it’s another country, your own backyard or a book. Change your perspective and widen open your possibilities.
14. Try new foods and foods that you don’t like. I can guarantee that the broccoli you hated as a kid tastes damn good with some garlic and red pepper flakes. (Take it from the girl who wouldn’t touch anything green and ate pasta with butter almost every day.)
15. Stay active. Muscle WILL turn to fat if not used. I should know as a former gymnast/cheerleader.
16. Let people do nice things for you. Take compliments. Otherwise you look like an asshole.
17. Plan ahead. It’s much easier to live out a plan then hastily look for new options.
18. Pictures are forever, especially with Facebook. Also? Gold eyeshadow should not be worn across your entire eyelid. (sideeye to 2007 Lindsay)
18b. Don’t do the duck face. Just don’t.
19. Pick up your dry cleaning. They only keep it so long.
20. Be happy. It really is only a choice.
So these kind of turned into rule or a list for my younger self? But that’s ok with me.