21 Things You Should Know How to Do by 21

21 Things you should know how to do by age 21. By a girl who is 21 years and 1 day old :)

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  1. Don't trim your own bangs UNLESS you happen to be a hairdresser or have exceptionally good hand eye coordination. I NEVER MADE THIS MISTAKE. Okay, maybe once, twice.
  2. Cook something AH-MAY-ZING from scratch all by yourself. My specialty is "So Good You Wanna Cry Lemon Pie" and fried eggs.
  3. Get along with someone you DESPISEwithout being fake. You're a grown up. It's called being polite.
  4. How to take care of your body. Time to stop eating horribly and never working out if you aren't already healthy active. Drink water. Run. Eat good food.
  5. Know when to ask for help and take advice. Don't be ashamed if you can't always do it all on your own.
  6. How to study effectively. Everyone has a style. Find yours.
  7. Do your own laundry. Time to stop bringing all your dirty clothes home to mama. Instead, do laundry for her when you go home!
  8. Know how to be spendthrift when times are tight.
  9. Handle getting your feelings hurt and move on with life. Be able to take a punch and keep going.
  10. Know how to bull crap a paper and still get a decent grade. Good, quick writing skills are crucial for a lot of things in life.
  11. Be ok with not always being close with friends from high school. Cherish those memories. Go back and catch up from time to time. BUT don't hold onto idealistic memories too much.
  12. Form your own opinion on political and social issues. Don't take the word of anyone as gospel without investigating yourself first.
  13. While this is something I can't do by any stretch of the imagination, at age 21, you should be able to fix a flat tire.
  14. Also something I can't do, balance a check book... in case the internet crashes and we can't use online banking anymore...? I don't know. Maybe you don't need that.
  15. You should be dreaming big. Whatever your big dream is, don't be scared... you have the rest of your life for that.
  16. Know how to say no to something just because you don't wanna do it. You do not have to please everyone you know.
  17. Spend time alone. As Oscar Wilde said, "You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person." Learn how to entertain yourself.
  18. Put someone else's needs above your own. You are not the center of the universe. Treat others as important.
  19. Have your own unique interests in music, tv, books, etc.
  20. Handle a crisis without falling apart.
  21. Be yourself and don't be ashamed of it. People like confident people.

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