Sunday, 14 July 2013

21 thoughts at 21

Within the space of just a few weeks, I've not only reached the grand age of 21, but also made the transition from graduand (whatever that was) to a fully-fledged, ridiculous hat-wearing graduate. 

In honour of these two landmark life events, I decided it was as good a time as any to take stock of my relatively short time on this planet, and to ponder over what exactly I’ve discovered in the course of my two decades.

So without further ado, here they are, 21 things I’ve learned in 21 years:

1) Studying for a degree in English Literature may leave you with less than propitious employment prospects, but it will however mean you know how to use super fancy [wanky] words. Like propitious, for example.

2) When choosing a university, the one that tugs on your heart strings a little and makes you feel like it could be home should be your immediate first choice because one day, it will be.

3) People who proudly profess to have "never read any Harry Potter" should be regarded with suspicion. DON’T YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT?

4) Pets are overrated. There, I said it. To quote a very wise man, “You take your soul-searching labrador for a walk and a chat. I'll just watch a bit of telly.”

5) There is no faith in mankind that can’t be destroyed by reading the majority of comments underneath a YouTube video.

6) You should be able to have a good laugh at yourself, not just at other people. It will improve your levels of confidence and number of friends no end.

7) Homesickness varies hugely from person to person. And even if you’re one of the unfortunate ones who find themselves consumed by it like a dementor’s kiss which doesn’t ever seem likely to pass or fade, it will.

8) Likewise, heartache.

9) Nightclubs can be the scene of some of the most fun you’ve ever had. They can just as easily be the scene of the least.

10) Flakiness is one of the worst traits to possess. If you’ve said you’ll do something for someone, or turn up somewhere, bloody well do it.

11) You can never have too many coats.

12) There’s no such thing as ‘not being able to cook'. Everyone can, just some better than others.

13) If you’re one of the lesser skilled in the culinary department: pasta. Always, pasta.

14) Admittedly stolen from Caitlin Moran, but a life mantra I wholeheartedly sign up to: "Nine times out of ten, you probably aren’t having a nervous breakdown – you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit."

15) The book is always better than the film.

16) Ladies: an eyebrow pencil will revolutionise your life.

17) When asked for it, it is your duty to give the best possible advice to a friend. It is also your duty to avoid saying I told you so when they inevitably ignore what you say, and do what they were going to do all along.

18) There’s no music like souuuul music. 

 19) You should take lots of pictures of being young and wild and free because one day you’ll be old and…wrinkled.

20) There’s a saying that is a favourite of all Scottish nans: “Whit's fur ye'll no go past ye." Despite my natural cynicism, I really believe this.

21) At 21, you still have a whole lot to learn.

NB: I owe a debt to the brilliant writer Ian Martin, whose original article inspired this post and can be found here
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