animated movies are serious shit they will carve out your emotions with a rusty knife and distract you from the pain with beautiful animation and cute characters and an interesting story line only to shove you back into emotional turmoil with more sad things when you’re least expecting it they will fuck you up
1. Make peace with your parents. Whether you finally recognize that they actually have your best interests in mind or you forgive them for being flawed human beings, you can’t happily enter adulthood with that familial brand of resentment.
2. Kiss someone you think is out of your league; kiss models and med students and entrepreneurs with part-time lives in Dubai and don’t worry about if they’re going to call you afterward.
3. Minimize your passivity.
4. Work a service job to gain some understanding of how tipping works, how to keep your cool around assholes, how a few kind words can change someone’s day.
5. Recognize freedom as a 5:30 a.m. trip to the diner with a bunch of strangers you’ve just met.
6. Try not to beat yourself up over having obtained a ‘useless’ Bachelor’s Degree. Debt is hell, and things didn’t pan out quite like you expected, but you did get to go to college, and having a degree isn’t the worst thing in the world to have. We will figure this mess out, I think, probably; the point is you’re not worth less just because there hasn’t been an immediate pay off for going to school. Be patient, work with what you have, and remember that a lot of us are in this together.
7. If you’re employed in any capacity, open a savings account. You never know when you might be unemployed or in desperate need of getting away for a few days. Even $10 a week is $520 more a year than you would’ve had otherwise.
8. Make a habit of going outside, enjoying the light, relearning your friends, forgetting the internet.
9. Go on a 4-day, brunch-fueled bender.
10. Start a relationship with your crush by telling them that you want them. Directly. Like, look them in the face and say it to them. Say, I want you. I want to be with you.
11. Learn to say ‘no’ — to yourself. Don’t keep wearing high heels if you hate them; don’t keep smoking if you’re disgusted by the way you smell the morning after; stop wasting entire days on your couch if you’re going to complain about missing the sun.
12. Take time to revisit the places that made you who you are: the apartment you grew up in, your middle school, your hometown. These places may or may not be here forever; you definitely won’t be.
13. Find a hobby that makes being alone feel lovely and empowering and like something to look forward to.
14. Think you know yourself until you meet someone better than you.
15. Forget who you are, what your priorities are, and how a person should be.
16. Identify your fears and instead of letting them dictate your every move, find and talk to people who have overcome them. Don’t settle for experiencing .000002% of what the world has to offer because you’re afraid of getting on a plane.
17. Make a habit of cleaning up and letting go. Just because it fit at one point doesn’t mean you need to keep it forever — whether ‘it’ is your favorite pair of pants or your ex.
18. Stop hating yourself.
19. Go out and watch that movie, read that book, listen to that band you already lied about watching, reading, listening to.
20. Take advantage of health insurance while you have it.
21. Make a habit of telling people how you feel, whether it means writing a gushing fan-girl email to someone whose work you love or telling your boss why you deserve a raise.
22. Date someone who says, “I love you” first.
23. Leave the country under the premise of “finding yourself.” This will be unsuccessful. Places do not change people. Instead, do a lot of solo drinking, read a lot of books, have sex in dirty hostels, and come home when you start to miss it.
24. Suck it up and buy a Macbook Pro.
25. Quit that job that’s making you miserable, end the relationship that makes you act like a lunatic, lose the friend whose sole purpose in life is making you feel like you’re perpetually on the verge of vomiting. You’re young, you’re resilient, there are other jobs and relationships and friends if you’re patient and open.
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brain crampn (1982) : an instance of temporary mental confusion resulting in an error or lapse of judgment
bucket listn (2006) : a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying [popularized by the movie title]
cloud computingn (2006) : the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the Internet [technology]
coperniciumn (2009) : a short-lived artificially produced radioactive element that has 112 protons
craft beern (1986) : a specialty beer produced in limited quantities : microbrew
earwormn (1802) 1: corn earworm 2: a song or melody that keeps repeating in one’s mind [“this summer’s example being the inescapable Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen.”]
energy drinkn (1904) : a usually carbonated beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients (as taurine and ginseng) intended to increase the drinker’s energy
e-readern (1999) : a handheld electronic device designed to be used for reading e-books and similar material
f-bombn (1988) : the word fuck — used metaphorically as a euphemism
flexitariann (1998) : one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish
game changern (1993) : a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way
gassedadj (1919) … 2slang: drained of energy : spent, exhausted
gastropubn (1996) : a pub, bar, or tavern that also offers meals of high quality
geocachingn (2000) : a game in which players are given the geographical coordinates of a cache of items which they search for with a GPS device
life coachn (1986) : an advisor who helps people make decisions, set and reach goals, or deal with problems
man caven (1992) : a room or space (as in a basement) designed according to the taste of the man of the house to be used as his personal area for hobbies and leisure activities
mash-upn (1859) : something created by combining elements from two or more sources: as a: a piece of music created by digitally overlaying an instrumental track with a vocal track from a different recording b: a movie or video having characters or situations from other sources c: a Web service or application that integrates data and functionalities from various online sources [“Whether it’s a politician contradicting him or herself with excerpts from different speeches shown in quick succession or Danger Mouse’s Grey Album, mixing Jay-Z with the Beatles, we’ve come to expect combined and rearranged elements that bring new perspectives and new creativity to our culture with mash-ups,” says editor Sokolowski. “It’s a recent phenomenon, made possible with digital editing, and it has a fun and descriptive name.”]
obesogenicadj (1986) : promoting excessive weight gain : producing obesity
sextingn (2007) : the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone
shovel-readyadj (1998) of a construction project or site: ready for the start of work
systemic riskn (1982) : the risk that the failure of one financial institution (as a bank) could cause other interconnected institutions to fail and harm the economy as a whole [the global financial crisis]
tipping pointn (1959) : the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place
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underwateradj (1672) … 3: having, relating to, or being a mortgage loan for which more is owed than the property securing the loan is worth