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50 Lessons You Learn In Your 20s Whether You Want To Or Not

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via Flickr – Greta Ceresini

College is awful and torturous.

College is awesome.

Living independently is the most exciting thing ever…

…until you discover bills.

A lot of people are temporary.

. . . and you’ll learn who was meant to stay in your life forever.

Drinking was a lot more fun when you were 20 and illegal.

Bars were a lot more fun when you were 20 and illegal.

Heartbreak is hell…

. . . but it will lead you in a better direction. . .

. . . because you will eventually find someone worthy of your love.

I am in debt up to my ass.

Being a bridesmaid is expensive.

Unpaid internships are basically a form of an illegal labor law.

Budgeting is a must-have skill.

Hitting the gym is starting to be a necessity…

. . . because your metabolism is plummeting at a highly fixed rate.

Netflix > going out.

Having to socialize is exhausting at times.

Getting kitchen stuff greatly excites me.

I could really care less now if people like me or not.

Making one meal off of Pinterest makes me feel like Betty fucking Crocker.

Social media is just a big gossip hangout.

Being classy > being skanky.

Wine loves me back.

Do what you want. Life is too short to not be happy.

Calories don’t count on weekends.

True friends don’t judge about anything.

Each choice you make has consequences.

Don’t walk home from the bars with your heels off.

Dress to impress.

But wearing the same sweats 90% of your life is fine, too.

Always make sure your phone is charged when driving in case of an emergency.

Don’t text and drive.

Don’t drink and drive.

Your body is a temple.

You are always a role model to someone.

Trust your instincts.

Don’t be mean.

Wear the red lipstick.

Confidence is key.

Life always gets better.

Never walk anywhere at night alone.

People > things.

Traveling is worth the money.

Looking like you got attacked by an orange marker from a tanning bed is not attractive.

Failure is a learning experience.

You can’t please everyone.

Caffeine is life.

You don’t have to have it all figured out right away.

Whatever is meant to be, will be. TC mark

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