Last Tuesday my blog turned six years old, and I decided to mark the occasion with a post about all the shit that gets my goat. Some people celebrate anniversaries with flowers, I celebrate with hate lists. (By the way I’d like to add to that list: group texts that go past six messages and every fucking pothole in Cleveland.)
As much as I love a good bitch festt, I figured I should mark my blog’s anniversary with something a bit less… hateful. When I started this blog I was 19 and a college sophomore. A lot has changed since then, and with all change comes lessons learned. Some lessons were easier than others. Some I’m still struggling with. Here’s a short list of things I’ve learned in the past six years.
1. No matter how old you get, your mother will always know when you’re upset, tired, hungry or on your period.
2. You won’t get to talk to or see some of your friends as much as you used to. It’s a tough adjustment, and it requires work to maintain friendships as you get older, but the good ones stick around.
3. Ohio isn’t so bad.
4. Boys will continue to break your heart.
5. Some trends (crop tops, high-waisted anything, gladiator sandals) will never look good on you.
6. Swimsuit shopping still sucks.
7. No matter what anyone says–even your friends who swear “they’re just trying to help”–never change who you are just to please a man.
8. A well-placed “that’s what she said” never gets old.
9. It’s important to do what you love, even if the path to it is less than smooth.
10. Get as many tattoos as you want, but be smart about it.
11. The bad news: You’ll always struggle with your weight. The good news: You’re not alone.
12. Exercising will never be something you love–although you might come close to enjoying it once in a while–but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
13. Keep writing.
14. Keep reading.
15. You’re just not meant to be a sorority girl, and that’s totally fine.
16. Your parents were right: Student debt is a nightmare. Silently thank them for
forcing strongly encouraging you to pick the college that offered you the most financial aid, therefore graduating with debt-free.
17. Your brothers will continue to drive you crazy, but you’ll learn to get along with them more the older you get.
18. Some bands you never outgrow.
19. It’s okay to mess up. (Keep telling yourself this.)
20. Take care of yourself first.