21 Things to Know Before Turning 21

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May 02,2019 admin 0 comments

Learn to spend time by yourself. Chances are you’re not Barack Obama (but if you are – thank you, Mr. President, for reading my blog), you’re not going to be surrounded by people 24/7. Learn to spend time by yourself and become your own friend.

Take college seriously. Sometimes college takes more than four years, and that is absolutely okay. However, your choices in college determine like 90% of what happens in your future.

Not everyone is going to like you. People are going to talk about you, some people will blatantly ignore you, and others will give you a stink face – that’s their problem, not yours.

“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others do and say is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be a victim of needless suffering. – Don Miguel Ruiz

Don’t live your life based on the lives of others. If everyone ate pizza with no sauce on it, would you eat pizza with no sauce too? No. Please don’t, that’s an insult to pizza.

Cherish the time spent with family, seriously. 

It’s okay to not be popular. It’s okay to associate yourself with just a small group of people, instead of everyone on earth. Everyone has a different preference. It’s okay to not be the center of attention.

You’re old enough to know that likes and comments on social media does not determine your worth. Also unfollows from things like Twitter and Instagram. Forreal, who cares? They probably can’t handle your awesomeness anyways. Bye, bye, bye

Work hard, but your mental health always has to come first. If you must go on a study binge, take a nap when you feel like you’re brain is about to explode. Treat yourself after taking a mind-numbing midterm. Take care of yourself. In the words of Tom Haverford – “Sometimes you have to work a little, so you can ball a lot”

Kindness is contagious. Be kind. Smile at people, hold the door for people who have a million things in their hands, BE A GOOD PERSON.

Do things for charity. Make this world a better place. 

Make realistic goals for yourself. Don’t set goals for yourself that you know you won’t be able to reach. Start with short-term and work your way up to long term goals. It’s absolutely okay to start small.

Find your passion and put all your abilities into it. 

Travel, if you can. Nothing crazy like a world tour. Perhaps a trip to your favorite town or city for the weekend. Traveling is the best way to broaden your mindset and get motivated to reach your goals.

Just because you think you may not succeed at something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Never say never. 

Don’t waste your time. AKA: Please don’t sleep all day and do nothing but play video games and watch Netflix. You’re young and you need to make the most out of your time. Tick tock, bruh.

Take the time to appreciate your best friend. You’re going to be surrounded by lots of friends, but you’ll only ever have one best friend. Appreciate them and don’t ever forget to let them know how much you value having them in your life.

Get over at least one of your fears. Airplanes, the dark, adulthood? FACE IT. You’re going to have to get over them one day or another, why not start now?

Instead of rebelling against, learn from your elders. 

Take care of the money you’ve earned and/or received. Money, indeed, does not grow on trees. The older you get, the more you’re going to have value the value of money.

Stay aware of current events. By now, you should know the answer to the question: “Do black lives matter, or do all lives matter?” Also that Donald Trump wants to close all mosques if he becomes president, even though he knows it is illegal.

Stand up for yourself. People are really mean, and sometimes the world sucks. Always remember to stand up for yourself because there’s a good chance that 99% of people won’t stand up for you.

Bonus: Become a regular at your local coffee shop. It’s a nice feeling to look at the cashier and say, “Just the regular today, thanks!” Plus, you’ll get free things all the time and free things are always good things.

Safra Khan

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