When you turn 20, you get this exhilarating feeling about leaving your teen years behind and finally entering adulthood. Whether you’re ready for it or not, you’re going to come face-to-face with temptations and distractions on a daily basis and when you think you’re about to take a big step forward, you’ll find that you actually just took three steps back.
Essentially, living in your 20s is about finding out who you are and what you want to do with your life. You finally have control of it and whatever decisions you make now will certainly carve out your future. You’ll find you’re a total failure at some things (like laundry and cooking) but f*cking awesome at others (like beer pong).
Some will also find they have the answers to success almost immediately, or so they think, while others will fall into the same old pitfalls well into their 20s. Either way, if you’ve truly lived during this pivotal time in your life, you’ve probably made these mistakes before, the no-regret mistakes every girl in her 20s makes:
1. Falling in love…
…because we start looking for our Prince Charming the second we realize we aren’t robots and actually have feelings.
2. Staying out all day & night.
Maybe some of you got a head start in your teen years, but staying up and out all day and night is one of the best experiences you’ll have during this time in your life. You never know what will happen, with who, or when. This calls for crazy awesome adventures.
3. Obsessing over how you look…
…because it seems logical to get a nose and boob job at this point in your life. But once you pass this stage, you’ll realize you are beautiful just the way you are.
4. Being indecisive over stupid sh*t.
Deciding between a $1500 pair of Louboutins or the $25 heels that look exactly the same, but don’t have red bottoms…yeah, we’ve been there before even if we couldn’t really afford the Loubs.
5. Feeling insecure about yourself…
…because the competition is real out there!
6. Staying in a relationship for too long.
You know you’ve checked out, but don’t really know what to do with yourself if you actually walk out.
7. Partying too much…
…because when the hell else are you going to do it?
8. Blowing your entire paycheck.
It’s better to do it now that you’re a bit more carefree and your bills aren’t astronomical.
9. Getting fired early on…
…because it’s still all fun and games. Plus, you still have time to figure out exactly what you want to do.
10. Not speaking up for yourself.
Whether it’s in a relationship, a friendship, in the office or at home. You have a voice; use it.
11. Dying your hair a crazy color…
…because well, how do you look at someone who’s walking around with pink hair at the age of 35?
12. Sleeping with the wrong guys.
It’s nearly impossible to nab the right guy when the wrong ones are just about e v e r y w h e r e!!!
13. Getting too competitive over nothing…
…because you want the “Queen of Scattergories” title and no one is going to take that from you. Or because you want to be labeled “The Baddest Bitch.”
14. Not letting go.
Just let go of a boyfriend, a friendship, a job or anything else that you seem uncertain about. Letting go now while you still try to sort out your life is a helluva lot easier than trying to let go well into the future.
15. Letting social media take up a majority of your life…
…because we all know that crazy good feeling we get when we see 168 likes on a picture of you and your cat.
16. Taking theme parties too seriously.
Although it’s semi-acceptable to take this one with you when you’re in your 30s…40s…50s…
17. Trying to figure out how to lose 10 pounds while eating nothing but carbs…
…because it makes sense to start a three-day cleanse before your trip to Miami where you’re going to pig-the-f*ck-out, just to come back and try to diet because you have the rest of the summer ahead of you. AKA bikini season.
18. Washing your hair every single day.
Otherwise you can’t get that perfectly bouncy hairstyle you’ve been rockin’ since high school.
19. Drunk texting/dialing…
…because drunk texting/dialing makes for good story telling the next day. If you’ve been there, you know what we mean.
20. Letting an employer treat you like an intern and not saying anything about it.
Sorry, but this will probably happen to you at some point and it’s probably going to be now, when you’re still new to the game. Most likely, you’re not going to say anything about it but you should because that sh*t won’t fly when you’re older.
21. Shopping at Forever 21…
…because you’d rather spend your money on eating out, traveling, and all that other fun stuff.
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