Thoughts & feelings during your 20’s

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Your 20’s are one of the most influential, life-changing decades of your life. This is where you shape your future and you definitely want to shape it right. Not all of us travel down the same path, but I can guarantee we all encounter similar thoughts and feelings. This list is to let you know that you are not crazy, and you are not alone. We’ve all been there babe.

1) Am I going to be single forever?

By now, a lot of your friends are probably married, engaged, pregnant, or living with their significant other. Meanwhile, you’re over here snuggling with your dog and binge watching Netflix. This is all fine and dandy, but at some point you’re probably going to start thinking “Oh shit, what if I am going to be alone forever?” Settle down, it’s going to be okay, I promise. I know when you were younger you imagined being engaged by the time you graduated college, and if you’re a girl you probably have your wedding entirely mapped out on Pinterest, but everyone is different and good things take time. Finding someone you want to spend the rest of your life with should not be a rushed process. Key words “rest of your life”. If you want to make a profile on match.com and get hitched in 3 weeks to later get divorced, then be my guest. Otherwise, calm down, enjoy being single, enjoy your freedom, enjoy having a bed entirely to yourself and sprawl out everywhere, and know that you will find someone when the time is right for YOU.

2) Why did I choose this major?

If you are in your 20’s you have probably changed your major at least once, or twice, and now you have stuck to something. Whatever you finally decided to go with is great, i’m sure, but that does not change the fact that you are going to question this decision at least once. Other people are probably going to be the root of this thought. When your Aunt Maria ask “So what do you want to do with that after you graduate?,” and she does not quite understand your answer, then you are going to be annoyed, yet also confused. You are probably going to start questioning why you chose this major? If you are ever going to find a job? Is it too late to switch to something else? Then you might take it to the extreme and start googling the job market for your major and average salaries. Then you might start panicking. Relax. Like I said, we have all had this feeling. Whatever you chose you chose for a reason. Do not doubt yourself now. Just go with it.

3) Am I a total failure at adulthood?

You live with your parents. You do not wear matching socks. You do not know how to cook anything and live off of frozen foods, and Ramen noodles (can’t leave those out). You have credit cards that are maxed out. You only do laundry when you run out of clean underwear and do not have the money to buy new underwear. When you actually have money, you spend it going out to the bar with friends. You have never dusted your apartment/dorm. You cannot figure out how to iron your dress clothes. You do not get your oil changed as often as you should. Writing a check confuses you every time. You procrastinate. You fail at something. You get fired from your job…

YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE!

You are a normal person in their 20’s. Unless you’re like 29…then pull it together buddy.

4) Am I becoming an alcoholic?

During your 20’s you’re probably going to drink…a lot. And at some point you’re going to think to yourself “Wow..I drink…a lot!” Then you might start worrying that you are becoming an alcoholic, or seriously damaging your liver. We all have this thought. Some of you might actually have a problem, but most of you do not. Your 20’s are what beer pong, and flip cup, and fireball shots are for. Binge drinking at its finest. Enjoy it while you can because the older you get, the more killer the hangovers get, and the more responsibilities you have the next day.

5) Am I pregnant/Did I get someone pregnant?

One day your period might be a couple days late, or one day you might bang a girl who’s period is a couple days late and she freaks out and text you immediately, therefore freaking you out. This happens to the best of us. You are not the only one who has been there, trust me. Hopefully, it was just a scare…unless you are trying to get pregnant, then congrats! Glad it happened to you, and not me.

6) I’m fat?

During your 20’s your body is probably going to change and you might not be able to scarf down all the junk food you want without exercising at all, meanwhile maintaing a slim figure. This sucks, I know. But, inevitably this is part of growing up. Cut a couple of fatty foods from your diet, or start jogging, or get fat and love yourself the way you are. Just know, we have all been there, but this is one of those things where the outcome depends on you.

7) Oh shit, I am getting old.

This thought will surface many, many times. Maybe it’s when you realize your little sister has never heard of the Spice Girls. Maybe it’s when someone younger than you ask if they can have your old ID. Maybe it’s when you no longer get carded at the bar. Maybe it’s when you get sore after jumping on a trampoline. THE THOUGHT WILL SURFACE TIME AND TIME AGAIN. And it’s true… we are all getting older, but the key is to stay forever young at heart. Like the  grandpa dancing at the San Diego Chargers game, live it up no matter how old you are and never feel ashamed. (If you have not seen this google it, it’s on Buzzfeed and it is pure gold)

8) I just want to leave this life behind and travel the world.

Guess what? We all want to do this! This would be amazing! Unfortunately it is not in the cards for most of us. Spend your 20’s building a life for yourself so that one day you can afford to travel the world. We all have wanderlust (and about half of us have that tattooed somewhere these days).

Hope this list made you feel like a normal human being in their 20’s.

PS. Rest peacefully Paul Walker

(Varsity Blues was the shit)

~AMH

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I don’t get drunk, I get awesome

From time to time, or several times a week, people indulge their good spirits with some good spirits. Being that I am in my twenties, I am more on the several times a week end of the spectrum. Drinking can lead to great times and good conversation, or to tears and smudged mascara. I think this predominantly depends on who you are drinking with, but that’s just my opinion. Which is why I like to say “I don’t get drunk, i get awesome.” I personally find myself to be wonderful when drunk (others may disagree). When sober, I find myself not talking to many people and not having the best of times. My friends refer to this as me being awkward or shy. Which is entirely false. I just don’t like stupid people. So instead of joining in on some ignorant conversation and eventually making a bitchy, sarcastic comment that will most likely offend whoever is speaking I just sit there and look at funny Buzzfeed articles while everyone deems me as unsocial. When I am drunk however, this all changes. I jump right into all these conversations and let my sarcastic comments fly. Thankfully, when I am sarcastic, and in some ways bitchy, I am usually quite funny. People that had written me off as a snob earlier in the evening are asking for my number and adding me as a friend on Facebook. It bewilders my friends. They are all like “what the fuck, he said he didn’t like you and that you were giving him bitchy looks all night and now he wants to take you to dinner?” That my friends is the power of this amazing liquid called alcohol. Five beers and four Fireball shots later, and I am the most well-liked person in the bar. Suddenly I know the owner, and the owner’s cousin visiting from Memphis, and I am signed up to sing karaoke to “I’ve Got Friends In Low Places.” Next thing you know I am secretly pushing balls in the pockets of a pool table to help out some guy having a really rough game. Then I am outside in a freestyle battle because I told everyone I could rap and my dog’s name is Biggie Smalls (which sounds hardcore, and he is a badass…pomeranian). When I am drunk the possibilities are endless and the night will most likely be wonderful (followed by some not so wonderful photos to be discovered on my phone the next day). So to all you fabulous drinking buddies out there, kudos to you. Your friends are lucky to have such an extraordinary lush in their lives, never let them tell you differently. And the next time somebody shouts out “Man, you’re drunk..” respond with “I don’t get drunk, I get awesome” then precede to take that flaming tequila shot and many, many more. 

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Things you’ll encounter in Texas

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Everyone has heard the phrase “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” and that my friends is including the egos. Texans are the proudest residents in the entire world, and they will not hesitate to show it. This is coming from a girl who has lived here her entire life, Texas is one unique state and there’s not another like it. If you are planning a visit, you might want to prepare yourself for the following…

  1. Cowboys fans: Ah yes.. the proud supporters of “America’s” team. Unfortunately these fans can not be contained to the Dallas area. While visiting Texas, you’re destined to encounter many of them, no matter what area you venture to. Do not start any sort of football argument with these guys. No matter how many horrible seasons they’ve had, or how many interceptions Romo has thrown, they will argue to the death that they are the best team in the NFL.
  2. Hatred for “Yankees”: No I am not referencing the baseball team. Texans use the term “Yankees” to describe anyone that essentially is not from Texas. Say you’re from Iowa and you are wearing dress shoes to a Texas bar…Yankee. You’re from DC and you’re a Democrat (GOD FORBID)…Yankee. And the worst of worst, those Yankees from New York City. The majority of Texans hate New York. I have been twice and absolutely love it, but I am not the majority. When I told my father I wanted to move there after college he looked like he was going to shit a brick. “New Yorkers are rude MFer’s” – my dad (and just about every other Texan) “Dad you have never even been there” -Me. Just a warning for those of you who say “you guys” be prepared to hear a flux of Texan shit
  3. Weather: I would give you packing advice, but that is virtually impossible. You have probably heard about the bipolar Texas weather…it’s no joke. One day you’ll be basking in the sunshine out by the pool in perfect 95 degree weather. The next day you’ll be whipping out your Uggs and fleece jacket. It literally is ridiculous. So pack a variety of items, and bring a little extra cash incase you need to go shopping (who knows you might need to go buy a swim suit in the middle of December).
  4. Cowboy boots: The most universal shoe in the world in the mind of a Texan. Going out to dinner, strap your boots on. Going to a football game, pull on some boots. Going to a wedding, boots. Funeral, boots. This is no joke. Cowboy boots are deemed appropriate for every occasion in the book and while traveling through Texas you will see many of them (in many colors and varieties).
  5. Tex-mex: One of my favorite things about Texas. The mexican food here is to die for. Literally. If you like mexican food you will love Texas. From chain restaurants to hole-in-the-walls you can pull in just about anywhere and eat some pure, unhealthy deliciousness. Tacos, queso, fajitas, enchiladas..take your pick. They are delightfully cheesy, greasy and wonderful.
  6. Animals: Cows, deer, raccoons, armadillo, snakes, horses, you name it. Animals are all over the place. In your drive way, under your car, side of the highway, in front of Walmart…literally, everywhere. Be prepared.
  7. Longhorns or Aggies: No matter where you go in Texas you are going to meet Longhorn and Aggie fans. In case you’re unaware, the two do not get along. I can safely say that a good 80% of the people you meet that are die hard Longhorn or Aggie fans did not attend either college. They will yell “hook em'” or “gig em'” just yell something back like “hell yea” and precede with your day.
  8. Texas women: I guess I have a somewhat biased opinion on the subject, but basically we are badasses. Texas women will drink you under a table, dance the entire night away, drive a truck, grill some steaks, shoot a gun, bait a hook, scream their head off at the television during a football game and still look classy as hell. Like I said… I am slightly biased on the matter, but if you meet a Texas woman I don’t think you’ll have many complaints.

This list could easily be continued, but I am just hitting you with the basics. Hope you find yourself better prepared for all the chaos Texas has to offer. Now keep calm & carry on y’all.

-AMH