6 Things I Wish My 22 Year-Old Self Knew

  1. You’re more selfish than you think you are. Seriously. You tend to think of everything as it relates to you but you’re forgetting all of the other people who helped you get where you are… like those people you occasionally call, you know, mom and dad. While it is important to focus on you, let’s not forget it’s not all about you. Mom, dad, your sister, your friends, and your future non-existent boyfriend will thank you. No one likes a self-centered person.
  1. You might know you don’t know everything, but you know even less than you think you do. You already know you’re not the world’s greatest living expert on, well, everything, but sometimes you think you can act like you are and get away with it. That will only work some of the time and the times it doesn’t…you look stupid. Really stupid. So ask questions and don’t be afraid to be openly “teachable.” Everyday you’ll have the opportunity to learn something, if you allow it.
  1. You will make poor dating decisions. And apparently that is ok. Despite how badly your mom will judge you (and she will), it’s a part of life. The guy you met at the bar does not like you for your personality, dating the dashing young man a few offices down is a recipe for disaster, Tinder is not a good idea, and saying no to casual sex can be heartbreaking because you’ll realize that at least to some guys that is all you’re worth. The good thing is, it will (all) be ok because as mama (cue song) said, “There will be days like these” and you’ll have a lot of great stories for that book or blog you’ll one day write.
  1. It is not that serious. Stop worrying. Just stop.
  1. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Watch this video, laugh and adopt this motto. Girls who want to throw “shade” because of way you’re excelling and they’re not – ain’t nobody got time for that. Boys who don’t call or text back, are mysteriously never free on weekends, and always and only want you to “come over” – ain’t nobody got time for that. Taking things too personally (which you’re good at) – ain’t nobody got time for that. The list goes on. (Travel, exercise, trying new things, and anything that actually makes you feel good for longer than 30 minutes – you’ve got time for that.)
  1. You don’t know what you’re doing with your life. This will cause you to stress more than anything else. You’ll move around a lot, you’ll go back to school and you will feel like the oldest living freshman in New York City. The economy will be awful and you’ll take a number of jobs, including being a dog-walker, most of which will make you feel just a little bit like a failure. The lesson here, you’ll learn a lot like dedication, what it takes not to quit even if that doesn’t mean winning, and just how resilient you actually are. You’ll realize you are and where you’re supposed to be.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. thiggins99 says:

    Your blog seemed long and at first I’m like “ain’t nobody got time for that” but I read it and I think you got some good point there

  2. nicolelundergan says:

    @thiggins99 I can feel your sarcasm. But thanks for leaving the comment.

  3. sunnyfromchina says:

    These are the things that everyone would tell themselves but barely achieved. Keep fighting lol!

    1. nicolelundergan says:

      Thank you @sunnyfromchina! I will keep telling myself these things for the future because I don’t think they ever get old! 🙂

  4. liachristilautomo says:

    Number 3 and 6. I worked in a deli once and it didn’t pay much but yeah we get stronger from our past experience 🙂

    1. nicolelundergan says:

      @liachristilautomo Number 3 & 6 yes! but definitely number 3! haha… I might still need this one!

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