Life Advice From Someone Probably Too Young To Give It
1. Do not cut your own bangs. Ever ever ever. Do not get drunk and think it’s a good idea to just “give them a trim”. Do not “even them out” by yourself. Do not let the random hair school attendee living in your college apartment “shape them” for you. Pay the $5 and go in to an actual salon. Better yet, don’t get bangs in the first place. They will get sweaty and cause you to annoyingly twitch them out of your eyes. (This is absolutely not from first hand experience.)
2. Tell people you love them. On a daily basis. Be awkward, be shy, be scared to tell someone the first time, be overly enthusiastic the next time, and the time after that. Just fucking do it. Trust me and Nike on this one.
3. Crying at work is not the end of the world. If the nice, elderly mail woman at work happens to inquire as to why the lovely boy who used to send you postcards all the time no longer sends you them, it is perfectly acceptable to burst into tears and go nurse your gland secretions on a semi-private couch in the corner for the next hour. We’re all human, we’ve all had breakdowns, and no one is going to take you less seriously.
4. Write a lot of letters. It’s good for your soul and it’s good for the soul of others.
5. Figure out what you need in your life to keep yourself balanced. I need time to read, seven hours of sleep a night, and at least two good runs a week to feel like the best possible version of Megan. However, if you can’t get to everything you want to do, it’s okay to settle for 2-for-1 whiskey gingers instead. It’s fine. I do it all the time.
6. Call your parents. Remember they’re your parents, but learn how to be friends with them. Your mom has better life advice than you used to give her credit for, and your dad will never stop offering up unconditional love and promises that you’ll always be his little girl. No one will celebrate your victories harder with you, and no one will offer such a non-judgmental ear to cry and vent to. (See also: Things Worth Knowing #2)
7. Put down your fucking phone, turn off your fucking computer and go exist in the real world. Get your head out of your phone on the bus and people watch. Play with the little boy next to you. Go for lots of walks. Give people your undivided attention.
8. Be stubborn, but don’t be too stubborn. Stand up for what you believe is right, but don’t get too caught up in being right. Learn how to say you’re sorry and mean it.
9. Save money for stuff you care about. The money you’ll accumulate from buying one less shitty-Forever-21-tunic-that-you’ll-never-wear-again a week can add up to a trip to somewhere wonderful pretty quickly.
10. Try your very best to do one thing every day that scares you. It can be as big as taking a chance on another human and trusting that they won’t betray you, and it can be as small as riding your bike down the street that’s just a litttttle too busy for your liking.
This is a sappier entry than I had planned for my first Ladies Who Brunch contribution, but bear with me. I’m blaming it on a rainy, dark night, white wine, and Bon Iver.