Editor encourages peers to be young, selfish

 

It’s been said that your 20s are supposed to be your “selfish” years.

Although I’m only 21 – as of four days ago – I feel like this is true.

I’m not one for doing things for myself. Most of the time I don’t think of myself, and I do take pride in that, but caring for others is too tiring.

Hopefully by the time you’re 22, you’ve graduated college with a bachelor’s degree under your belt and you’re ready for all the obstacles that college has prepared you for.

People make lists of things they want to accomplish by a certain age, or even bucket lists, but many people find this thought unrealistic.

Twenty-one is too young to settle down, have babies and get married, but soon enough you’ll have to figure out where you’re going to settle.

Move to your dream destination, even if it’s only for a year and seems completely wrong. You’re young enough to still use the “I’m young and dumb” card.

Those friends who always complain about how much their life sucks, don’t spare their feelings. Be ruthless and tell them to grow up and change all the negatives in their life.

Don’t get wrapped up in their mess of a life. Let’s be honest, you never really liked being around that friend anyway.

Do what makes you happy. Don’t let others make your happiness.

Let people meet your needs, don’t meet theirs.

College allows you to find who you truly are, but your experiences you have when you’re in your 20s truly make the person you will most likely be for the rest of your life.

Don’t wait around for anyone. As Drake would say, “Better late than never, but never late is better.”

Go travel the world. Backpack in Ireland or across Europe. Generally, college gives you the opportunity to go on trips, but if you’re given the chance, go on your own.

The point of this column is to encourage everyone to start doing more things for themselves, if they already don’t.

Stay up late. Sure you’ve stayed up late many times in colleges because you procrastinated too much and had to get a paper done or you’re up late at night studying.

Go out and stay out late. Don’t rush home just because you’re feeling a little tired. Fight the urge to sleep.

Promise yourself to not get boring too young and to always enjoy your youth.

More importantly, be wild. Pick up and leave to go on that road trip. Do things you weren’t about to do before.

Be selfish. Live and learn because yes, life goes on and no, you can’t take it back.

 

COLLEEN LANGHAM

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