20 Quotes Every 20-Year Old Needs To Read

20 Quotes Every 20-Year Old Needs To Read

Because growing up is actually really hard.

Remember when we were 10 and thought those people who were 20 years-plus had it all together? We romanticized the idea of our 20s. Now, we're here, stumbling around and trying to make sense of everything going on around us. Through the mess of good times and bad, there are some things we all must keep in mind, stated so eloquently by others who have been in our shoes:

1. "We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good." - Carl Sagan

2. "You can tell so much about a person by the way they leave you." - Redvers Bailey

3. "I will not be your sometimes." - Anonymous

4. "You deserve the world, even if that means giving it to yourself." - Via Rhsin

5. "It's never too late to start over. If you weren't happy with yesterday, try something different today." - Alex Elle

6. "I think that we got so close, there was no choice but to tear ourselves away from each other. We're too young and maybe one day, we'll be perfect for each other again, and every mistake we ever made will let us fall into place with one another. Maybe one day we can do this again." - Unknown

7. "The hours between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. have a funny habit of making you feel like you're either on top of the world or under it." - Unknown

8. "If you don't fit, it's because you're not supposed to fit." - Anonymous

9. "Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness." - Katherine Henson

10. "People say a lot of things in summer that they do not mean in winter." - Unknown

11. "We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery." - H.G. Wells

12. "Lest you forget; your roots need watering, your wings need stretching." - Unknown

13. "Suddenly, you're 21 and you're screaming along in the car to all the songs you listened to when you were sad in middle school and everything is different but everything is good." - Unknown

14. "A fully open mind could shatter the skull in both directions." - Henry Flynt

15. "You are not for everyone. The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, will not like you. But it is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. Those are your people. You are not for everyone and that's OK. Talk to the people who can hear you." - Anonymous

16. "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear." - Mark Twain

17. "Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive." - Unknown

18. "Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

19. "Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is more painful than staying somewhere you don't belong." - Mandy Hale

20. "You're packing up your sleeping bag, your lantern and your tent. And you're off to find the life you lost, but you're not sure where it went. And I hope those mountains teach you how to stand both tall and proud, that you see your life much clearer with your head above the cloud. I hope you swim through rivers with their currents swift and fast, that they show you must be careful when you wash away your past. I hope that you are humbled by the vastness of the sea, that the eagles high above you make you feel like you are free. I hope when night has fallen and your fire's just a spark, that the stars shine to remind you that there's beauty in the dark. But most of all I'm hoping that you're learning while you roam, that no matter the distance, you can always come back home." - e.h.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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