Being in my 20’s has been nothing short of the word HELL. Have good things happened? Yes definitely. But I feel that these past (almost)6 years and next 4 are the most challenging years I have and will ever experience. Here is a list of things I have experienced and learned in my 20’s. I’m sure I will be adding to it.
What I’ve learned in my 20’s
Just because I have a job does *not* mean I get richer.
Financing a brand new car with a $300 monthly car payment is NEVER a good idea.
To be thankful I am not allergic to peanut butter because I have had to eat many a peanut butter sandwiches!
Appreciate days when I can find a matching pair of socks
Self Esteem Issues continue to follow me everywhere yet I continuously convince myself that next summer I will wear that bikini that makes me so uncomfortable to look at.
What heart break REALLY feels like. None of that teeny bopper crap.
Being around books is comforting. Which is why studying at Barnes & Noble = great idea
I’ve had many days where I have not gotten out of bed. Life still goes on though whether I’m under the covers or not.
To become a more open minded person & a more accepting person over all
Financial Aide was over for me when I married a man who had a stable job. (even though we have both lived off peanut butter sandwiches)
Reversing for a minute, if you get married, start saving for your wedding when your parents give you your FIRST chore. (aka around age 4).
My bank account bounces more often than a basket ball.
All those fad diets I’ve tried going on make me want to chew off my arm in starvation. Me hungry = Me a BITCH
Only say your sorry if you mean it
Some people are not worth the effort
Yet, some people are worth fighting for
Those who claim you as their “family” that you are not biologically related to or married to are the rarest forms of humans alive. As in, finding a person like this would be like finding a Wooly Mammoth walking through a neighborhood.
Learning to cook saves you A LOT of money. No need to buy recipe books!! billions of recipes online. If worst comes to worst google Ramen Noodle Recipes. You WILL go broke eating out all the time.
Discovering what career you want to go into is about as easy as reciting the alphabet backwards while drunk.
Never, ever, ever fight over Facebook. It’s trivial, dramatic, and stupid.
Always treat those as you want to be treated. When you find those who do not follow this rule, do NOT let them walk all over you.
tattoos = good luck finding a job (awesomeness)
facial piercings = good luck finding a job (but still awesomeness)
Every semester of college I thought I would not survive. Every semester, I did.
It’s ok to ask for help
Slow and Steady wins the race
It’s not okay to post extremely heavy statuses on facebook constantly. This drains, stresses, and causes fights between friends.
Spiders don’t get any cooler
There is nothing wrong with keeping a journal in your 20’s. One day when you are in your 80’s you may really enjoy reading over your walking through hell days.
It IS possible to survive without an iPhone, iPod, Kindle, etc. I’m going on record as saying I completed my Associates Degree without any of these.
Go to Barnes & Noble to browse. Then go directly to amazon.com to buy used.
Appreciate your sibling. Each and EVERY day you have with them. I lost my sister Becky this year. Most painful thing I’ve ever experienced.
Counseling can be beneficial for anyone trying to survive their 20’s .
If crying really helped anything, things would be a lot better.
Allowing myself to have those days though where I cried my eyes out. We all need those days.
Watch kid movies, go to the fair, take up a hobby…. do positive things.
Focus on helping yourself. Put yourself FIRST.
I think not having a job feels “better?” Try not having MONEY. A job, any job, low paying job, is better.
It’s important to really think about what money should be spent on.
Pets are really expensive. Big dogs = big bags of dog food & Kenneling dogs on vacation = expensive.
The power of prayer still exists
Hope still exists
People Change. I changed. It hurts a lot. Prepare yourself.
Watches are pretty much extinct
Learned to enjoy the taste of beer
The sparkly sweet wines are the best