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July 16 2016
Having the opportunity to attend a surprise 21st birthday party on the 25th of June brought back a lot of memories of being 21. Although i turned 21 last year, HAHAHA! But between last year and now, I have realized a bunch of perks of being 21 and things i do not want to regret in the future.
You should never judge your own life progress based on other people — your journey is your own, and what other people are doing shouldn't factor into it.Dwelling on your friends' jobs, grades, and relationships will do nothing but make you feel inadequate! Seeing everybody else succeed via Facebook and Instagram is a dangerous thing, and it's best just to ignore all of that. Focusing on yourself is the most important, and you should be proud of your accomplishments and personal successes without feeling the need to compare yourself to others.
Just stop wasting time with that guy or girl who will NEVER COMMIT. Move on, stop going back, and date around. Focus your energies on your friends, family, and yourself. He or she will make you cry, and they will break your heart; they're just not worth it. Enjoy being single and young now, because soon you'll meet the love of your life, and the energy you wasted on this messy "relationship" will seem so meaningless.
Stop stressing about the fact that you're not totally in love with your first job — it's a foot in the door and a paycheck, and it does not have to dictate your entire career path.
Don't assume that you're just going to have it together when you hit 21. If you haven't made tidying up, working out, or anything else "adults" do a habit, then it's not going to suddenly happen by itself once you're out of college. And that's OK.
You might have fewer friends than ever, but don't feel lonely. Your friendships will be deeper, and your friends are stronger and more supportive.
Travel now (even if it drains your already minimal bank account). Life will only become more complicated. Take advantage of your freedom and flexibility and have an adventure (or two, or three . . . ).
Soak in your friends. As you get older, you can still live 10 minutes away and have months pass without seeing one another.
Leaving passive-aggressive Post-it notes for roommates about cleaning up their mess isn't the best form of communication.
Stop freaking out that you don't know EXACTLY what you want to do with your life yet. Figure out what you like, and start exploring that direction. But don't have a quarter-life crisis because you think you're going nowhere — pretty much no one has their life's plan figured out by age 21.
Call your mom more often.
Whatever money you're able to save, spend it on experiences, not materialistic things.
Treat your body well. It's easy to revel in being 21, but remember to take care of yourself too. Find balance! Don't binge-drink and then crash diet. Ramen is cheap, but make sure to have some sort of vegetable every day. Plus, your metabolism only goes downhill, so you may as well give it a good jumping-off point.
Picture two lines on a graph with your age at the horizontal axis and your time at the vertical. One line represents freedom, and the other represents responsibility. As you get older, the responsibility line on the graph keeps moving up, and the freedom line keeps moving down. Twenty-one should be the prime time: while you do have some responsibilities to study and/or to work, you also should have a lot of freedom — you don't have a family yet or a mortgage. Make sure to enjoy the limited time that you have more freedom than you do responsibility!
Write things down. You think you'll remember everything that's happening, but you won't. Write down memories of those hilarious college nights, stress-inducing job hunts, embarrassing moments, and important days. You'll love rereading those memories years down the road. Oh, and save the screenshots of your texts; those are going to be gold one day.
Listen to your heart more. If it's giving you signs that something is or isn't right, trust it. Don't be so afraid of hurting someone else that you end up hurting yourself.
Have more fun.
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