’20 things every 20-year-old needs to know’

  1. Things are only awkward if you allow them to be. Pretend all is fine, be confident in whatever you say and do and the awkwardness vanishes.

  2. Prioritise your closest friends- don’t ever let your friendship with them slip

  3. Be charming. Always.

  4. Don’t be afraid to let others know when something is out of order- if they don’t know, you can never expect them to change.

  5. Tea/coffee is always a good place to start.

  6. Make an effort to make new friends.

  7. Brunch dates are always a winner.

  8. If in doubt, smile (maybe laugh) and change the conversation topic.

  9. Be nice to everyone- turns out everyone’s got their own struggles in life.

  10. But also remember that there is such a thing as being ‘too kind’- don’t let people walk all over you.

  11. Alcohol is great, but don’t let it turn you into someone you’re not.

  12. Looking into the future is exciting, but just try and take each day as it comes.

  13. A university degree is no longer a necessity- so long as you work hard at whatever you do, you will succeed. Intellectuality is not sufficient on its own.

  14. Make more time for your ‘hobbies’ (lame choice of word, I know)- you’ll probably be surprised at how much you can achieve.

  15. It’s never too late to start something new like writing or photography- you’ve gotta take risks from time to time.

  16. Learn to be more spontaneous- some of the best memories are made as a result of spontaneous decisions.

  17. Stop caring about your reputation.

  18. Try and actually listen to what others have to say before dishing out meaningless advice.

  19. Be loyal to those you value and respect- always stick up for them regardless of what others may think.

  20. Never take yourself too seriously.

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