My early twenties was an exciting time to be alive. I made some horrible choices upon which I built wiser life decisions. It’s a time in our lives when everything is possible and the only person who can make or break you is yourself. Now, as I look back on those years when my waistline was smaller and I could eat more donuts without fear of them going straight to my hips, I realize I have learned quite a lot since then. Here’s a list of a few things I got from those nitty-gritty best years:
- NOTHING IS AS BAD AS IT SEEMS
Something may seem incredibly mental at the moment, but it’s not half as bad as I made it out to be. If I got through my panic and started actually doing something productive about the problem, I would have solved it sooner. Kids, remember, panic later. That’s a rule.
- COFFEE DIDN’T KEEP ME AWAKE
Coffee was my blood back in college and I was always exhausted that I never was able to stay awake without it. Now, I think that was probably all in my head and I just needed something solid and seen to help me feel in control. Nonetheless, it was probably the reason why I’m always anxious and jittery.
- PAPERS WON’T WRITE THEMSELVES
I absolutely dreaded writing papers. I almost always felt like a fraud whenever I typed up my discussions and conclusions so I always put them off as much as possible and end up cramming the night before they’re due. Later on, though, I realized they probably won’t get any easier if I don’t do them more often, so I upped my game, did more research, read other’s papers, and kept on writing until I got the hang of it. I realized much of any work was like that, daunting at first, but will make more sense the moment you beign to actually work on it for real.
None of those mentioned above are hardly secrets, but I just felt like sharing it for all you kids out there still in their early 20’s and hating it. Embrace it. It’s the perfect time to find out more of yourself and what kind of road you want to carve out in the world. Explore, learn, and don’t mind the naysayers.