20 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Was 20

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So I may not know everything, heck I’m sure I don’t 27% of everything, but I do know a couple things I wish I had known before I turned the ripe old age of twenty. I’m sure I was told these things a thousand times, but it takes time and self-discovery to really instill and understand them. Obliviously, I could spit more wisdom than at you than Morgan Freeman, but then I couldn’t have a cool title. You always need a cool title. So without further ado, here it goes, folks.

        The only opinion of yourself that truly matters is your own; Don’t listen to the haters — they’re either jealous, insecure, or just plain mean.

        There will be boys, lots of boys, that will play you. Learn to know the signs and run far away once you see them.

        There will be fast loves and loves that last a lifetime, but sometimes the loves you love the most don’t deserve to be in your life the longest.

        Your heart will get broken, smashed, chewed-up and spit out. You can’t brace yourself or prepare for that kind of pain

        Invest in a great trench coat and little black dress.

        You will lose most of your friends in high school, but you will gain the longest lasting, greatest friendships in college.

        It’ s okay to say no — to anything and everything.

        Follow your heart, not what your parents or anyone else tells you to do; It’s your life. Live it how you want to.

        You can’t buy happiness; but you can buy cookies, and cookies make anyone happy.

        Always be a kid at heart. Innocence and imagination are exceedingly underrated.

        Never regret anything you once wanted. Regret only leads to internal conflict and resentment.

        Take a break sometimes and realize how grateful you are to have the life you do and how beautiful it is that you’re living it. We tend to live blindly sometimes to the world around us.

        “You can always retake a class; you can never retake a party” My dad told me that before going off to college. I mean he’s an elder. I feel like he should know what he’s talking about. His motto hasn’t failed me yet. Thanks, Marsh.

        Girls will be mean and catty to you your entire life. Learn how to take them with a grain of salt. It will make your life so much easier and happier.

        Surround yourself with people that love you and not with ones that bring you down in any way — and cut the people out that do.

        Always trust your judgment of people. Your gut instinct is most likely spot on.

        You control your happiness. Really think about that one.

        Boys only want one thing; sex. Men only want one thing; your heart (and sex). Remember that. Always guard your heart.

        It’s okay not to know what you want to do with your life. You have the rest of your life to figure that out. Do everything and anything.

        Have no inhibitions, take chances, and, ultimately, always be yourself.