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Ten Reasons Why You Should Get Your S**t Together

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  1. You’re going to look old as shit in a few years if you don’t get it together. Excessive drinking and little sleep means you’re going to be channeling Chelsea Handler’s visage very soon. It’s cute to look like shit when you’re 24 because if you just put a little bit of effort in, you can make yourself cute again. “Wow, there’s youthful and fresh skin underneath all of this grime. Who knew?” That changes as you get older. Every line, every life scar starts to stick like glue and you can no longer wash a hangover off of your face with some organic soap you bought at Whole Foods when you were high.
  2. In case you haven’t noticed, life is expensive. There are bills for your bills. You get charged a hundred dollars for just thinking that you have a toothache. Your job at Anthropologie is fine for now. Your expenses consist of your $400 a month rent, your $600 a month alcohol habit, and your growing dependency to Chipotle but it’s time for you to think in the long-term. What can give you benefits and health coverage? What job will pay you if you happen to get hurt or sick? Not Anthro! They’ll just give you an empire waist dress, a tofu burrito and write you a get well card.
  3. It’s fun to see yourself mature! There’s always this fear that you’ll be the last person at the party. You’ll be the guy urging people to do shots when they’re like “um, no. I have to get up at six in the morning.” Don’t be That Guy. Become the guy who’s afraid of That Guy.
  4. Growing up means liking yourself more and more. You’ve been with yourself long enough to feel comfortable in your own skin. Self-respect can be something that’s innate but it can also develop with age. The awful things you let people do to you when you were seventeen should make you cringe. If it doesn’t, you might still be letting them do it.
  5. You can have a real relationship with someone. Your mind can handle it. “Why aren’t we fighting every second and having mind-blowing hate sex? Oh right, because I actually like them. Weird.” When you’re younger, you equate love with mind games, manipulation, and experiencing insane highs and lows. It makes sense because that’s where your head is at when you’re young. I mean, how can you love someone for real when you’re batshit insane? Growing up, however, means letting good people into your life and letting healthy relationships happen
  6. Once you understand that you don’t have to get wasted, sleep with a random, and vomit in a trashcan to have a successful Friday night, you can actually get the good kind of drunk and have the good kind of fun. When people had Walks of Shame in college, they were actually secretly happy about it. Shaming was seen as a good thing. “Wait, you hooked up with three guys, took E, and don’t know how you got home? Ugh, I’m so jealous. I wish I had gone out with you guys.”
  7. You can grow up anytime you want. You can do it at 20, 25, or 40. It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with age. Growing up just means deleting things and people who are bad for you. It means taking care of business, taking care of yourself, and not repeating the same mistakes. Everyone has their own growing up to do. It does not mean you have to drink Earl Grey every night, get a cat and be in bed by 11. Jesus, that would suck.
  8. You can attract better friendships. F.Y.I. your party friends probably don’t give a shit about you. Have you ever seen them in the daylight? They’re not the people you call when stuff gets real anyway. They’re the people you call when you want to avoid everything that’s real. You want to have a fake time? Call your fake friends.
  9. You’ll be happier. You won’t cry over something as silly as an ignored phone call, won’t walk around feeling like you could break at any moment. When you grow up, things are more steady. No more extremes. Things are just good.
  10. You can stop worrying that you’re never going to get your shit together. You did it! You didn’t get swallowed up by the bad things. U R A 20-SOMETHING SURVIVOR. TC mark
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    • http://twitter.com/i9M Michael B

      Keeping your shit together is great and all, but having it too together can only make you constipated.

    • Faasskr

      This is just a list of reasons why partying makes you old. I was hoping this article would be about ways to help anchor yourself towards accomplishing shit you really want to get done in life instead of some finger wagging about being “that guy” at the party.

      Maybe for a lot of us, there is no “that guy” at our parties

      • http://twitter.com/squonktweets squonktweets

        Except that the article is called “Ten Reasons Why You Should Get Your Shit Together,” not “Ten *Ways* To Get Your Shit Together.” Your expectations might have been a little different if you had just, y'know. Read the title first.

        • http://flavors.me/terakristen Tera Kristen

          I would really like a follow-up “Ten Ways to Get Your Shit Together” article

      • http://fastfoodies.org Briana

        “Maybe for a lot of us, there is no “that guy” at our parties”

        what's that quote about if you think you have no village idiot…?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707272007 Alex Thayer

      getting older is fun, really.

      like, i seriously want to rip up the carpet in my room and restore the original hardwood floor, for fun.

    • Nah

      All the articles are following the same formula, how-to, not-to, why-to…

    • http://twitter.com/SisterSoda Eva

      I read “vomit in a trashcan” and I thought woah I gotta look up this exotic, Turkish sounding word 'trashcan' that's gotta be an antique urn or something, clearly a choice element of hip interior decor so I hit up Google to face a bunch of garbage cans… I think that marks the limits of my assigned share of literacy for today, thank you very much.

    • IMA_20-SOMETHING SURVIVOR

      Totally enjoyed this one :) Sooo damned true.

    • Chase V

      Another great one Ryan! good work my man

    • Molly

      I love this… made me feel reassured after getting out of an emotionally unhealthy relationship, thanks.

      • http://profiles.google.com/mopeyprincess mopey P

        The timing is good. I need all the help I can get in building up the resolve to finally get out of mine right now.

      • JZW

        I hear that. I basically just dumped my girlfriend of two years because she hangs out with people in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Oh well, I guess everyone should live their dream.

        It was emotionally unheatlhy to boot. Just gotta throw up the Deuces every now and then, I guess. Even when genuinely love them, and the sex is amaz-za-zing.

    • umm

      “It does not mean you have to drink Earl Grey every night, get a cat and be in bed by 11. Jesus, that would suck.”

      This sounds great to me, bed time notwithstanding.

      • http://profiles.google.com/mopeyprincess mopey P

        Lulz Ryan watches TNG

    • Ankush Thakur

      Absolutely charming article. Has given me a whole new respect for my shit. Have a smell at that!

    • Waicool

      thanks for that ryan

    • FC

      This is a solid follow-up to “Here's To Getting Older”. Relevant sh*t Ryan O!

    • Ryan

      Nah, life’s too short to act like you know it all. I’ll just have fun while all of you “mature people” act obnoxious and taker yourself just a tad too seriously.

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      Reblogged this on FuckI'mInMyTwenties.

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