The 20 Best Things That Could Ever Happen To Someone

1. You get your dream job. After spending years at places where you feel constantly demoralized and hate your life, you reach the professional finish line and land a job that’s everything you’ve ever wanted. Even when your dream job occasionally gives you nightmares (and trust me, it will), you will flash back to a memory of someone who’s only a year older than you are, barking at you to get coffee, and feel eternally grateful. You reach a certain point in your career when you will NEVER have to get someone coffee ever again. Breathe a sigh of relief. You’ve freaking earned it.

2. You like someone. You really like someone. And, miracle of miracles, they like you back! They tell you so and everything! “I like you too,” they say, as you’re left winded in disbelief. “Come again? Can I get that in writing?” Honestly, having your feelings be reciprocated feels soooooo good. Like, you’re not crazy and living in your own head all the time. Your experiences are based in reality and someone is definitely picking up what you’re putting down. After they tell you the good news, you can run to go vomit in the bushes and then live happily ever after.

3. Open bars. Open bars are the best thing that could ever happen to someone, especially if you’re in your 20s and end up spending most of your paycheck on nice alcohol. Showing up to a party and dreading how much money you’re about to spend on overpriced and weak drinks, only to realize that the drinks are, in fact, free is like waking up on Christmas morning! You’ll probably end up drinking too much (“MUST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE BOOZE. CAN’T COMPREHEND MODERATION AT CURRENT MOMENT IN TIME!”) but at least when you wake up the next morning hungover, you won’t scream at your bank balance.

4. That moment when you really want to flake on someone but can’t bring yourself to do it. Then, moments later, they text YOU to flake. Ah, you really dodged a bullet there! You can text back and pretend to be annoyed but inside, you are just so relieved. “HOW DARE YOU!” (Thank you JESUS!)

5. When you see yourself make real progress. Suddenly you’re not drinking so much and falling into bed with the wrong people. Your bad habits are becoming less pervasive and you’re finally figuring out how to take care of yourself.

6. You get a text message that you have been waiting for. It was sent to you when you were sleeping, so it’s the first thing you see in the morning when you wake up. You guys, it is straight up embarrassing how a simple text can make or break your day, but WHATEVER. You just got your dream text. Go on and live off that euphoria for the next 48 hours.

7. You become an aunt/uncle to a little blob of baby skin! You never cared about babies before. In fact, you might’ve been scared of them before. But now that you’re related to this adorable thing, you can feel your heart start to thaw.

8. Coming home to a full DVR to catch up on.

9. Experiencing a day when the internet doesn’t exist and you are just living your life and being happy and time is moving by so nicely and you’re kissing someone in the middle of the day and you realize it’s the realest thing that’s happened to you in a long time. This is what you’ve wanted. This is what makes you truly happy. No distractions, just lips, tongue, and a human connection. YOU DON’T NEED A WIFI PASSWORD FOR THIS, YOU GUYS.

10. Spending time with your family and not fighting once or thinking that you’re adopted.

11. Getting out of credit card debt and paying off your student loans. (HAS ANYONE DONE THIS YET? YOU LET ME KNOW, OKAY?)

12. Reading a book that leaves you feeling invigorated and needing to create something.

13. For a brief moment, not feeling like you want or need anything other than what you already have.

14. Going to an amazing party where everyone decides to get the same amount of wasted and there is no judgement. Everyone is on the same page about wanting to have some epic fun.

15. Finding your Favorite New Song and knowing that you won’t listen to anything else for the next week.

16. Waking up to no hangover when there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have been feeling like hell.

17. Gathering the resolve to say good-bye to someone who has been treating you vaguely like crap for years.

18. Not getting sick. The one thing we take advantage of is our good health. If you’ve had the fortune of not having any major health problems in your life, you are a very lucky individual.

19. Your best friend is getting married and it doesn’t send you into a spiral of grief! The person is actually cool and doesn’t make you want to kill yourself!

20. Seeing a best friend for the first time in forever and being able to jump right back into it like no time has passed at all. TC mark

Ryan O'Connell

I'm a brat.


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  • alisonwisneski (@alisonwisneski)

    NUMBER 11. for realsies.

  • Sow Wan Jing

    a great deal of positive vibes! (Y)

  • Vanessa

    #2 is happening now and i love it! Here’s hoping #11 will happen sooner then later…for us all!

  • Anon

    2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14.
    Have not been having the greatest day so far (LA traffic always puts me in a bad mood), but loved this : ) Thanks!

  • Oh Hey

    I would believe in god if I could only subscribe to Ryan’s posts. Okay I wouldn’t but maybe it would help.

  • Rhea

    Whoever told you #7 was great was either a liar or a moron.

    • Vanessa

      Nope. I’m an aunt and love it! #7 is definitely correct! My little nephew is the cutest ever and can always make me smile.

      • Rhea

        Congratulations, maybe we could swap. Mine is the devil incarnate.

  • Maya

    Credit card debt = gone, just working on the student loans! Ask me again in 5 years

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  • Danielle

    Add to this list: new best friends. Meeting someone and knowing within minutes that this person is fucking awesome and you’re gonna have a great friendship.

  • Alison

    Happy list! Now if only some of these things could start happening…

  • smilescavenger

    Still waiting on #1 and #11 (just the student loan part, but I’ve make my payment every month so far!).

    #12: The Tao of Pooh :D

    I also haven’t experienced #5 (at least not in that way – I never drank all that much, but I have seen myself make progress in other ways) and #8 because I don’t watch t.v.

    So 16/20 isn’t too bad. Thanks for reminding me how lucky I am! :)

    • Mac

      The Tao of Pooh is amazing!

  • Sean

    this really brightened my day. feeling good. and #15 – drive by

  • eriiinnn

    Number 4 and number 18 are my two favorites. ohhh and number ten, but maybe when my brother finally has a kid it won’t be like that, therefore I am waiting on number 7.

  • Marcus Ingram (@LegendxLM)

    I’m hoping 2 happens tomorrow. Never had to deal with 11. When I drank number 3 was almost a religious moment, 4 as well.

  • Abhi

    Pretty much all of its has been happened to me except for number 1 and number 19.

    They sure are moment of joy. But I guess nothing like the feeling you get with number 11 and/or number 14.


  • abhishekshroff84

    Most of it has happened to me. Only 1 and 19 are yet to happen. Gotta say, ain’t nothing like number11 and number 14, its like an endless cycle of win.


  • Chloe

    5 please

  • mags

    Very cool & positive. But I’ve done all that. How about a list for 20 best things after age 30?


      maybe in 4 years when the author is in his 30s ;)

      • Emily

        or, better yet, written by someone old and wise.

      • Jaime

        Old doesn’t equal wise.

      • Emily

        that’s why i said old AND wise.

  • Chef Cheryl

    I can honestly say that I am experiencing more than one right now. Yes I am fortunate and love passing the good vibes along!!

  • Poppychix

    Reblogged this on Poppychix and commented:
    Current read. Will elaborate more on this in the next post!

  • ATL

    Can someone give me the magic recipe for #16? Because that would rule. These days it’s more like, “Why am I hungover? Did I even drink last night?”

  • Emily

    this article sort of assumes no one reading it will ever get married or have a baby themselves. and/or that the capacity for happiness stops at the amount you can imagine while you’re in your early 20s.

    • Mac

      Well it is based on his experiences and sorrounding experiences of his friends and family.

      Marriage is great and all but I feel us younger generations would much more rather fall in love than get married. To some people it is important but what society has shown is that nearly half of marriages end in divorce and with many of us exposed to that we see that marriage is a piece of paper and doesn’t necessarily mean love.

    • Melody

      The reason this article is so awesome to me is because it doesn’t assume marriage or having your own kids are the end all, be all of happiness. I highly doubt I can enjoy being married or a mom if I don’t get #11 out of the way first!

  • Mac

    I am #16 personified, it’s like my own special superpower or something.

    Just experienced #20 and it’s amazing, especially when you are fresh in college and think that you’ll never keep friends and when you and you BFF go to seperate colleges 4 hours away and then you realize you’re still BFFs then it feels like this ball of warm glowy joy that fills you up, right up to your finger tips and toes and you feel like you could do that weird Doctor Who glowy explosion of regeneration thing… it’s amazing.

  • Elijah Taylor

    This was insightful. Thank you, Ryan (sorry for comparing you to a 23 year old blonde bitch from the Valley)

  • Matilda

    never had student loans (thanks grandma!) AND IT DOES FEEL SO GOOD

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