Jen: Twenty Years, Twenty Lessons

Last Friday, I turned twenty years old.

That is the strangest sentence I’ve ever typed.

In the days leading up to my birthday, I felt I like I was have an almost-quarter life crisis. What have I done? I have never won the National Spelling Bee, I haven’t starred on a hit Disney Channel show, and I haven’t even seen The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (I know. I’m sorry).

Though I wasn’t a child prodigy or even a teen one, I have done and learned a lot.

Here are twenty things I’ve learned in my twenty year life time:

  1. It’s better if you do something earlier than later.

  2. It’s better to known up to being late than make a dumb excuse.

  3. Unsweetened, black iced teas will help power your day when sleep isn’t enough.

  4. Watching a movie can cure any bad feeling.

  5. Major in something that will make you happy instead of making your family happy.

  6. Sometimes, being your own quirky self is better than being like everyone else.

  7. You will never be as cool as Mick Jagger, but you sure can dress as cool as him.

  8. Being by yourself sometimes is better than being surrounded by people.

  9. Nap often.

  10. You’re going to fail and you will get better.

  11. Cape Cod has the best warm lobster rolls.

  12. Go to that weeknight concert (unless you have an exam or work the next day).

  13. Care about people as much as you would care for yourself.

  14. Having a venting session once in awhile is the best kind of detox.

  15. Drink as much water as you can.

  16. Make great things.

  17. Each day, find something that will make you laugh.

  18. Know when to be serious and know when to be goofy.

  19. Know when it’s time to leave and go somewhere else.

  20. You are your own person. You have your own life. Stop trying to compete with the people around you.


Obviously, being twenty years old, I haven’t cracked the surface. I still have a lot to learn. So for now, instead of focusing on the things I didn’t do, I’m going to focus on the things I’m going to do…like figuring out when I’m going to go back to Naco Taco for their plantains and tostones.

“If I turn twenty, that means I can have twenty tacos…right??”

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