Valuable Life Lessons and Vodka-Lemonade

As I quickly close in on turning 26 (gasp), I started to think about who I am, where I’ve come from, and what I’ve learned over the years. Will this be slightly sentimental, possibly. Will it be entertaining, most likely, I’m a pretty entertaining individual (or at least I like to think so).

LESSON 1
No matter how hard I try, I’ll probably never be good at calculus or chemistry. Do I care? Nope. Doesn’t apply to my life. Over it. Those borderline-failing grades and late-dropped classes from high school and college clearly didn’t matter.

LESSON 2
Geography is not my strong point either. Clearly, since before I moved to Nebraska I thought it was the state above Texas. I also learned while out there that there are mountains in Wyoming so, therefore, it makes sense to put stacked stone in a bookstore.

LESSON 3
If you’re good at bullshitting and wording things right, you can make a job folding clothes and changing/aiming lightbulbs at Abercrombie & Fitch relevant to interior design. Same with putting away sunglasses at Sunglass Hut. Things like this can also help you land a good position after college. It’s all in how you talk it up.

LESSON 4
On the topic of jobs, be open to moving after college. Was I set on moving to Chicago right after school? Hell yes. Was I open to widening my search once it was three months until graduation and I still didn’t even have a call back for an interview in Chicago? Hell yes. If you don’t have strings tying you down, go wherever the good job offer is, use it as a stepping stone to get your experience, then move on. Pretty simple.

LESSON 5
In terms of moving, don’t be afraid to go somewhere even if you don’t know where it is (See Also: LESSON 2). Don’t even worry about not having friends. You’ll make them.

LESSON 6
No matter how far you are from home, your family and friends back there are always just a phone call away…even when they’re in a different time zone. Even when I was 16 hours away, I still talked to my mom multiple times a week. It’s like we’re pretty much joined at the hip…to the point that we’ve been to Key West together…for Spring Break my senior year of college. She’s a cool mom. Almost to the point of the mom on Mean Girls.

LESSON 7
There’s nothing wrong with a single-parent household, a blended family, a same-sex family, etc. My mom rocked the absolute shit out of being a single matriarch and did/does a damn good job at it. There’s so many types of families these days, so just because you have a so-called “traditional” family doesn’t mean your family is any better or worse than anyone else’s.

LESSON 8
As much as your siblings drive you nuts when you’re younger, the older you get, the closer you get. They actually turn out to be pretty cool.

LESSON 9
The world gets smaller and smaller the older you get too. I always thought my grandpa was weird for always knowing someone wherever he went. Then I got older and started running into someone I knew, someone who knew someone I knew, someone from the same place as me, etc. wherever I went. Weird, right?

LESSON 10
The only constant is change. If you’re not open to it, well, you’re screwed. Get used to it. When life throws you lemons, squeeze them, get a bottle of vodka, make a vodka-lemonade, and move on.

 

Take these lessons to heart. If something isn’t quite going your way, just go with the flow and look at it as a free lemon. Just make sure to turn it into the vodka-lemonade. You can thank me later for the great advice when you drunk-dial me at 3am.

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