20 Things Everyone Should Know By The Age Of 20

20 Things Everyone Should Know By The Age Of 20

Cheers to 20 years!
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Ah, 20! To me, birthdays are extremely important, and your 20th birthday is the start of a new decade. In your 20s you'll be faced with way more responsibilities such as purchasing a home, or finally purchasing that car you've had your eyes on since your teen years but didn't have the funds to do so. You'll graduate from college, get a real job, you might get married, and you might have a baby. Being in your 20s is scary because there's a lot to do, but let's get ready for it! Here's a list of things you should know by 20.

1. How to stay healthy

By now you should know that junk food is absolutely terrible for you. Try to stay away from that and eat healthier things. You are getting older after all-- take care of your body.

2. How to make your own appointments

You'd be surprised to know that a lot of people still want their mom to make appointments for them. You're an adult now, make them yourself!

3. How to say no nicely

When we don't want to do something people often make up excuses or beat around the bush, or explode on the person. Say no nicely, you're not a child anymore.

4. How to apologize

This is the hardest thing to do, but it's important. Yes, this means acknowledging when you're wrong too.

5. How to cook a basic meal

No I don't mean dino nuggets or mac and cheese. Parents can't cook for you forever, and you can't possibly buy dinner every night.

6. Know who's there for you and who's not

You've been around for 20 years now. You definitely know what family members are there for you, and the ones that aren't. As well as what friends you can count on and which friends you can't. You should know the top few people that will be there, in case of an emergency.

7. How to clean your house

A few weeks ago I overheard a girl saying that her mom still makes her bed and does her laundry. Wake up, people! By now you should be making your own bed, cleaning your own room, and other rooms in the house. You should know how to do laundry too.

8. How to dress for an interview

Interviews and possibly internships will probably be an important part of your life, and you should know how to dress for them.

9. How to budget/take control of your finances

While it may be the root of all evils, money is important and you should have bank accounts and money saved. Buying is great, but prioritize. Budgets should be something you know very well, as it is there to help you.

10. How to be on time

By now you know yourself, and know if you're slow to get ready to wake up earlier to give yourself time to get ready. If you don't require a lot of time to get ready you should plan accordingly as well. Maybe in high school it was cool to show up late to class and other things, but it won't fly in the adult world.

11. How to be responsible

Stick to your commitments, put your best foot forward, and be mature.

12. Know your priorities

We're literally adults now. You should know what comes first in your life and what doesn't matter. If you're in college, school should be your priority.

13. Know what you want in life

I know this is scary but you should know or at least have a concise idea as to what you want in life. I'm not saying that it should be thoroughly planned because we never know what will happen in life, but if someone asks you "What do you want to be?" you should have an acceptable answer.

14. Be nice

This one is quite simple, yet it's overlooked. We're adults, we should be friendly and nice when meeting people. We should accommodate everyone. No more mean girl drama!

15. How to carry a conversation

Talking to people is extremely important, and you should know how to do it. No more awkward conversations or small talk. Get to know people and speak to them with confidence!

16. Speak your mind

It's okay to have your own opinion, and sharing it without disrespecting others is important to know.

17. Follow your dreams

The sky isn't the limit. Do what makes you happy, and pursue the things that you love.

18. Deal with conflict

One of the hardest things to do, but very important. You aren't a child anymore, you should know how to address conflict. Pouting and throwing a tantrum isn't acceptable anymore.

19. How to fake it, until you make it

You won't ever know everything but if you go with the flow, everything will work out. Ask questions, Google things, just don't give up.

20. Independence

You probably won't live with your family forever so you need to know how to thrive on your own in the real world.

If you're turning 20, use this list as a guide, and like me go into your 20s with a positive attitude and you arms open wide! Here's to being 20!

Cover Image Credit: Sherrie Eldridge

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A Letter To My Humans On Our Last Day Together

We never thought this day would come.
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I didn't sleep much last night after I saw your tears. I would have gotten up to snuggle you, but I am just too weak. We both know my time with you is coming close to its end, and I just can't believe it how fast it has happened.

I remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday.

You guys were squealing and jumping all around, because you were going home with a new dog. Dad, I can still feel your strong hands lifting me from the crate where the rest of my puppy brothers and sisters were snuggled around my warm, comforting puppy Momma. You held me up so that my chunky belly and floppy wrinkles squished my face together, and looked me right in the eyes, grinning, “She's the one."

I was so nervous on the way to my new home, I really didn't know what to expect.

But now, 12 years later as I sit in the sun on the front porch, trying to keep my wise, old eyes open, I am so grateful for you. We have been through it all together.

Twelve “First Days of School." Losing your first teeth. Watching Mom hang great tests on the refrigerator. Letting you guys use my fur as a tissue for your tears. Sneaking Halloween candy from your pillowcases.

Keeping quiet while Santa put your gifts under the tree each year. Never telling Mom and Dad when everyone started sneaking around. Being at the door to greet you no matter how long you were gone. Getting to be in senior pictures. Waking you up with big, sloppy kisses despite the sun not even being up.

Always going to the basement first, to make sure there wasn't anything scary. Catching your first fish. First dates. Every birthday. Prom pictures. Happily watching dad as he taught the boys how to throw every kind of ball. Chasing the sticks you threw, even though it got harder over the years.

Cuddling every time any of you weren't feeling well. Running in the sprinkler all summer long. Claiming the title “Shotgun Rider" when you guys finally learned how to drive. Watching you cry in mom and dads arms before your graduation. Feeling lost every time you went on vacation without me.

Witnessing the awkward years that you magically all overcame. Hearing my siblings learn to read. Comforting you when you lost grandma and grandpa. Listening to your phone conversations. Celebrating new jobs. Licking your scraped knees when you would fall.

Hearing your shower singing. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles in the sun. New pets. Family reunions. Sleepovers. Watching you wave goodbye to me as the jam-packed car sped up the driveway to drop you off at college. So many memories in what feels like so little time.

When the time comes today, we will all be crying. We won't want to say goodbye. My eyes might look glossy, but just know that I feel your love and I see you hugging each other. I love that, I love when we are all together.

I want you to remember the times we shared, every milestone that I got to be a part of.

I won't be waiting for you at the door anymore and my fur will slowly stop covering your clothes. It will be different, and the house will feel empty. But I will be there in spirit.

No matter how bad of a game you played, how terrible your work day was, how ugly your outfit is, how bad you smell, how much money you have, I could go on; I will always love you just the way you are. You cared for me and I cared for you. We are companions, partners in crime.

To you, I was simply a part of your life, but to me, you were my entire life.

Thank you for letting me grow up with you.

Love always,

Your family dog

Cover Image Credit: Kaitlin Murray

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To Those Who Feel The Need To Tear Down Others, Take A Seat

You have no right to hurt others because you don’t agree with them.

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I recently wrote a super controversial article, which I'm honestly very proud of. In the comment section, there were plenty of people criticizing me because of what I believe in, mainly because they didn't believe in the same thing as I put out there.

I would just like everyone to know that the people that write for this amazing company are just that — people. They are real, they have opinions, and they have feelings. There is nothing different about them than you. Would you like someone commenting hate on your Facebook post or anything like that? No, no you wouldn't. When you comment rude things on something that someone worked long and hard on, you are just being rude and inconsiderate of their feelings.

If you just go to the comments to leave a rude comment, you can write it down on a piece of paper and throw it away. You're being a bully. These writers more than likely will go to the comment section, just like I did, and will be hurt by your arrogant, inappropriate comments.

Ever heard of if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.

If you don't agree with me that's fine, but that doesn't give you the right to deliberately go and try and tear me or anyone else down. You're just being rude and you have no reason to be, all I did was write an article on something I believe in.

Also, don't let anyone rude enough to do this tear you down or diminish your self-worth. There are people out there who are still kind and caring, don't listen to the negativity this world brings. Just keep doing what makes you happy, because in the end, that's all that really matters.

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