1. Never turn down an opportunity to meet a new friend.
2. Always accept help when it’s offered and you need it.
3. You can sleep when you’re dead… but sleep, or you’ll be dead.
4. Fresh air and human contact are better than a nap.
5. Talk to people, ask questions. Be active, not passive - drive your own experience!
6. Practise positive self-talk. Your own attitude has the power to defeat - or uplift - you, more power than any event, difficulty, or blessing could ever have.
7. Believe in your right to be an adult - then exercise it.
8. If a man is an idiot, clear his ass out of your life. The further away he swims, the more room there will be for bigger, better fish.
9. Percolated coffee is the nectar of the freaking gods. Treasure it when you can find it!
10a) If someone doesn’t respect you, respect yourself enough to let it go and move forward.
b) Don’t waste your time thinking about someone who isn’t thinking about you.
11. Smile. Even if you are tired, overwhelmed or off the wall, you will automatically feel better.
12. Nourish connections, maintain relationships. You never know when someone may reappear in your life.
13. Men have been mysteries since at least 1836. Probably always have been, probably always will be. Constant love - and constant vigilance - are key.
14. Despite the scaremongering of the world, there are many good, trustworthy people in it. Don’t be afraid of them! Be present and aware, but be friendly and open - you attract what you project.
15. Be thankful, be grateful, and let people know it. People appreciate being appreciated.
16. If you don’t know, ask. Someone else will know, and be happy to share!
17. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. Everyone makes mistakes and mortification is a waste of time.
18. If things don’t go as planned… make a new plan.
19. Confidence can be more efficient than skill or precision - perfection is not required to function.
20. Honour your body, but also celebrate it. You do not always have to deny yourself what you want.
22 - 28 September 2013 is Banned Books Week
What is Banned Books Week?
Banned Books Week is the book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, book stores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.
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25 Things To Do Before You Turn 25
1. Make peace with your parents. Whether you finally recognize that they actually have your best interests in mind or you forgive them for being flawed human beings, you can’t happily enter adulthood with that familial brand of resentment.
2. Kiss someone you think is out of your league; kiss models and med students and entrepreneurs with part-time lives in Dubai and don’t worry about if they’re going to call you afterward.
3. Minimize your passivity.
4. Work a service job to gain some understanding of how tipping works, how to keep your cool around assholes, how a few kind words can change someone’s day.
5. Recognize freedom as a 5:30 a.m. trip to the diner with a bunch of strangers you’ve just met.
6. Try not to beat yourself up over having obtained a ‘useless’ Bachelor’s Degree. Debt is hell, and things didn’t pan out quite like you expected, but you did get to go to college, and having a degree isn’t the worst thing in the world to have. We will figure this mess out, I think, probably; the point is you’re not worth less just because there hasn’t been an immediate pay off for going to school. Be patient, work with what you have, and remember that a lot of us are in this together.
7. If you’re employed in any capacity, open a savings account. You never know when you might be unemployed or in desperate need of getting away for a few days. Even $10 a week is $520 more a year than you would’ve had otherwise.
8. Make a habit of going outside, enjoying the light, relearning your friends, forgetting the internet.
9. Go on a 4-day, brunch-fueled bender.
10. Start a relationship with your crush by telling them that you want them. Directly. Like, look them in the face and say it to them. Say, I want you. I want to be with you.
11. Learn to say ‘no’ — to yourself. Don’t keep wearing high heels if you hate them; don’t keep smoking if you’re disgusted by the way you smell the morning after; stop wasting entire days on your couch if you’re going to complain about missing the sun.
12. Take time to revisit the places that made you who you are: the apartment you grew up in, your middle school, your hometown. These places may or may not be here forever; you definitely won’t be.
13. Find a hobby that makes being alone feel lovely and empowering and like something to look forward to.
14. Think you know yourself until you meet someone better than you.
15. Forget who you are, what your priorities are, and how a person should be.
16. Identify your fears and instead of letting them dictate your every move, find and talk to people who have overcome them. Don’t settle for experiencing .000002% of what the world has to offer because you’re afraid of getting on a plane.
17. Make a habit of cleaning up and letting go. Just because it fit at one point doesn’t mean you need to keep it forever — whether ‘it’ is your favorite pair of pants or your ex.
18. Stop hating yourself.
19. Go out and watch that movie, read that book, listen to that band you already lied about watching, reading, listening to.
20. Take advantage of health insurance while you have it.
21. Make a habit of telling people how you feel, whether it means writing a gushing fan-girl email to someone whose work you love or telling your boss why you deserve a raise.
22. Date someone who says, “I love you” first.
23. Leave the country under the premise of “finding yourself.” This will be unsuccessful. Places do not change people. Instead, do a lot of solo drinking, read a lot of books, have sex in dirty hostels, and come home when you start to miss it.
24. Suck it up and buy a Macbook Pro.
25. Quit that job that’s making you miserable, end the relationship that makes you act like a lunatic, lose the friend whose sole purpose in life is making you feel like you’re perpetually on the verge of vomiting. You’re young, you’re resilient, there are other jobs and relationships and friends if you’re patient and open."