1) FOMO (fun on most occasions). Because YOU are your biggest responsibility, so you shouldn’t be taking life too seriously. Have fun while you can. Just don’t forget to post about it. #hashtag
2) Sundays. Because brunch is your favorite meal, and the ability to lay around and do nothing (while feeling totally great about it) is a beautiful thing. If you’re feeling ambitious and go for a run, go to church, grocery shop, or do laundry, well then…you’re special.
3) Your desk job. Because you’ve bonded with the people who sit to your right and left like you never thought possible. In fact, it only took a couple months to start finishing each other’s sentences. Don’t forget to add telepathic powers under skills on your LinkedIn profile — I’ll endorse you for it.
4) Your rent. Because you’re not locked down to any one place. If you want to move to California when your lease is up, cool. If you want to go to grad school in the fall, awesome. No house to sell, no delay of game. (If you have bought a house lately though, God bless you.)
5) The holidays. Because the season is basically a never-ending party with some gift-giving and Christmas cookies sprinkled in. Between your company’s holiday party (you have an unspoken corporate agreement that anything that has and will happen at the holiday party shall never be discussed after the fact…which makes Monday morning hilarious and strange all at once), family reunions (yes, Aunt Suzy still marvels at how much you’ve grown) and home-cooked food from Mom, what’s not to like?
6) Birthdays. Because you can still feel good about claiming your age when someone asks. Get back to me when I’m turning 30 and I’ll tell you if that’s still the case.
7) The gym. Because when you do go, you feel a sense of pride that rivals how you felt after acing all your finals without studying in college.
8) Magazine covers. Because you love reading about your bestie J. Lawr even if she has no idea who you are (…I mean, she doesn’t but who cares). The 20s are a time to dream, right?
9) Dating. Because at the very least, Grouper will give you a good story to tell your friends over a pitcher of margs tomorrow.
10) …Dating. Because (from what I’ve heard) all of these online dating sites and apps add a whole new level of awesome awkwardness to the quest against becoming an Old Cat Lady. Even better? When you see one of your coworkers on Tinder and consider swiping right just to read their embellished bio.
11) Getting dressed in the morning. Because you’re young honey, so wear it. (But think about it before going to work, at least.)
12) Hangovers. Because even though they’re worse than in college, they’re way better than they’ll be ten years from now. Advil, water, coffee, sleep…repeat.
13) Sleep. Because you get a whole lot more than you did in college.
14) Laundry. Because after years of training from Mom, you finally can wash your towels…even though you accidentally just bleached them. Oops.
15) Grocery shopping. Because with the evolution of Seamless, GrubHub and Postmates, there’s virtually no need to — ever. Which is fine since you have one mouth to feed (or maybe two, if you have a dog…jealous!).
16) Vacation. Because the time to travel is now. So grab a backpack and the dolla billz under your mattress and visit some place new while you have the freedom.
17) Your hair. Because you can pretty much do no wrong while you still have those awesome cheekbones, absence of a turkey neck and wrinkle-free forehead. Is #winning still a thing? Whatever. #WINNING
18) Bars. Because the only people who really belong are in their twenties (and maybeee thirties). Sorry single (um hopefully that is) 45-year old man, but I see you creeping on me from the end of the bar and it’s weird.
19) Friends. Because after a year or two or three out of college, you know who the real ones are. And you are so thankful for them.
20) Family. Because when everyone else is busy, when no one seems to care, when you’re facing a quarter life crisis or a breakup or are just plain lonely, you know who to call. Thanks Mom & Dad, you’re cool.
Adapted from a slightly less awesome version of this post, originally posted by me in April 2014. Since then, I’ve lived by one motto: Keep putting out good. It will come back to you tenfold in unexpected ways. And so I bring you, the glass half full version of my April self – and that self is here to stay :)