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Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride [Twenty-Something Rules]


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So, I just returned from a blissful vacation in New York City. I feel like a new person. Also I feel mildly depressed I’m back in the real world after roaming around the steamy city, drinking whiskey gingers at comedy clubs, admiring roadside bushels of flowers and staying in charming hotels with the world pulsing below my feet.

UGH, I am in mourning. Lesson learned here: get out of your comfort zone. Travel. Pay for the ticket. Travel is the only thing you purchase that makes you richer in the end. Travel makes you appreciate home and it’s one of the only times in life where the term “get lost” makes you feel an adventurous comfort.

I think I just decided I want to travel the world before I have children. Is that a huge deal? Either way, get out there.

From one twenty-something to another, see the world.

Rule #134: Know how many noodles to cook.

I cooked noodles recently and I could have fed a small army. But the serving size looks so small uncooked! Cooking tip: Noodles lie, people. A small handful will do.

Rule #135: Don’t take relationships for granted.

Life moves pretty quickly, so it’s easy to take people in your life for granted without meaning to at all. Relationships, friendships, your family; be careful. Tell them you appreciate them. Don’t get annoyed by the teeny things they do naturally that they can’t control. Take what they say seriously and (DEPRESSING WARNING) treat them how you would if they were going to fall in a deep dark hole tomorrow and never come back.

Rule #136: Write things down.

Journaling gives you a weird wisdom lots of people that don’t write, can lose. Writers live twice, after all, and documenting memories and thoughts gives you the opportunity to let things sink in. I understand people aren’t writing-nerd-bots like I am but writing down a sentence a day will enlighten and clear your mind.

Rule #137: Keep a bottle of champagne in your fridge and a frozen pizza in your freezer.

You never know when you’re going to have a reason to celebrate.

Rule #138: Never stop learning.

After you graduate college, that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning your craft. I’m a writer and I still love to take writing classes at my local literary center. It pours gasoline on my fire and lights my world up. Music lessons, seminars, horseback-riding lessons, cooking classes, yoga, woodwork classes…whatever your passion may be, keep engaging. Feeding your passion will give you a very strong sense of self worth and strength. You appreciate that.

Rule #139: Calm the f$@* down in traffic.

Seriously, you’ll blow a vein in your forehead.

Rule #140: Eat the ice cream and the cupcake.

Life is too short to spend it staring at the dessert and imagining the world without it. Take the bite, get over it and enjoy yourself while you’re here.

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    University of Saint Thomas graduate. Minnesota-bred and happy to talk about the weather any time you’d like! Strongly believes any situation can be bettered by a slice of generously buttered toast or Phil Dunphy. Would get arrested to touch Justin Timberlake’s face. Always trying to be a better person by not wishing horrible karma on people driving slow in the fast lane. Hear more: @twitter @instagram