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by diatami

578560140916Happy 22nd birthday!

“22 is basically the only age you can use as leverage. Meaning that because it’s the exact age between life-as-you-know-it and what will later be known as ‘real life’ (that’s scientifically proven, of course), people expect you to make some mistakes. Mistakes like overcooking a pot-roast or dating someone who may not be right for you. And that’s okay, because heck, you’re just 22.” – Shanelle Kaul

Stop talking and start listening. 
“Our default during this time can sometimes to be to assume we know most of the answers. Even if you do, the outlook, perspective, vantage point (right or wrong) of another will expand your horizon and context. Go into everything with a humble assumption that you can learn something from every single person in the room, then listen first and ask questions after. – Azita Ardakani, Founder, LoveSocial 

Look Ahead
“Being behind isn’t about comparing yourself to other people. You’re behind in your 20s if you can’t get the life you want for yourself by your 30s or 40s. Dare to be intentional with your life, and to be real with yourself about what you think you may want in 10 years. If that’s too scary, ask this question: If I keep living my life exactly as I am now, do I like where I’ll be in five years? If not, then something needs to change because that’s where you’re on track to wind up.” – Meg Jay, clinical psychologist and author of The Defining Decade: Why Your 20s Matter – and How to Make the Most of Them Now

Don’t Smoke (Noted: The important point)
Nothing chops years off your life faster than smoking. While the risks of smoking have been well publicized, an unbelievable 20% of adults still smoke. While smoking will take years off your life, it can also make many of the years that you do have rather miserable. The good news is that even if you smoke now, quitting will give you tremendous benefits.

Most of all, I wish I’m not that girl who may not be right for you in your 20s. But yeah, happy birthday my not-a-boy-but-a-man!