Friday, March 21, 2014

Things 20-somethings should stop doing

Twenty-somethings. We've become a blog genre, a generation, and a sub culture all of our own. 

It's no secret that you're brain (namely the frontal lobe) doesn't fully develop until we are 21 or 22. Which is why when we're younger than that, we do dumb things. Like funnel liquor on spring break or get a matching tattoo with our "ohemgee BFF" that we've really only known for a few months. We are rash, unthinking, impulsive creatures, that, while we may not make the smartest decisions, we have fun doing it.

But there comes a time when you can't get away with certain things anymore, because you really do know better.





Going to the tanning bed.
This one I am guilty of until the age of 21, when I went to my last ever tanning bed session. Although I wasn't one of those girls that fake baked every day, I would start in about mid February and go 2-3 times a week until I had my "base tan" for several years. Looking back, I know this doesn't seem that bad compared to some people, but all I can do is pray I don't come out with skin cancer. I've never thought twice about quitting the tanning bed, because HELLO I don't want cancer.

Eating ramen noodles for dinner.
In college I lived off of ramen noodles, grilled cheese sandwiches, and frozen pizza because it was cheap, it was fast, and it was easy. Now I'm making my food sound like a hooker on the southern boulevard. Moving on. Since graduation (and with that the slowing of my metabolism) I've realized I can't live off these things. They aren't that good, let alone good for me. And even though meal planning and cooking 5 nights a week isn't all that fun, I sure feel better about myself for it.

Binge drinking on weeknights.
Speaking of slowing down... the last time I got drunk on a weeknight was years ago and I don't hate it. Not one bit. I really don't understand how my body kept up with my lifestyle, with all of the frozen dinners and boxed wine I consumed during the week. There's something about leaving my early twenties and entering mid-twenties that's made me realize: I just can't hang anymore.

Staying up past 10 pm. 
The recommended amount of sleep a person should get is 8 hours per night. If I'm not in bed by 9:30 or 10, this ain't gonna happen. 

Not listening to our parents.
When we were teenagers, we knew our parents didn't know a thing about anything. But now it's time to face the music and realize that some of their advice was not only sound and with the best intentions, but they were right. 

What is something you think twenty-somethings should stop doing?

22 comments:

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I agree with ALL of these... EXCEPT your Ramen trash talk. How DARE you?! HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;p

Lynsey @ Eternally Wanderlyn said...

Yes to all of these! And I definitely can't hang anymore. You just hit a point where it's like, "Nope, can't do it." lol

Miranda said...

No truer words have been spoken! But...I do still buy Ramen every time I go grocery shopping. I consider it "emergency food," for when I get really broke, ha ha.

And I'm with you...if I'm not in bed by 10:00, the next day is awful. I don't care if that makes me seem like a grandma...it's the truth!

Have a great weekend!

Ashten @ alwaysashten said...

Serious question: if I can't have ramen can I have mac and cheese out of a box for dinner?

Caitlin said...

Love this. I stayed out the other week and man, the next day of work was ROUGH. I can't hang like I used to either and don't ever make later plans because this grandma needs to be in bed by 9pm LOL

I also think 20-somethings should stop tweeting/Facebooking, etc. their personal lives so in detail. Ughhh

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

I agree with Ashten and Amanda... I can't believe ramen is 'out' and now I'm wondering if mac & cheese is fancy enough to make the cut for dinner?! Otherwise I'm REALLY in trouble!

Meegan said...

Oh the tanning bed. Seems so harmless when you are young and invincible. I agree 100% with the staying up past 10. Nowadays I am very serious about my bed time. Sleep is precious!

The Handey Way said...

Sleep is one of my most favorite things. I don't know how I survived college late nights, although I do miss them sometimes.

brooke lyn said...

i am not a happy camper if i stay up past 10 on a week night. not happy at all.

Destiny said...

Hahaha this is great! I really can't hang anymore either. If you had told my 20 year old self that I would be in bed by 9:30 most nights in a few years I probably would have laughed in your face. Now, it's a harsh reality that if I don't get my sleep, I'm a cranky tired mess the next morning when I have to get up for work!

But, I'm with Ashten, can I keep my boxed mac and cheese for dinner?

Eva Marie Taylor said...

I am 31 and still am incapable of a bedtime before 10pm. I stopped going to tanning beds 10 years ago though, so I have that going for me.
Eva Marie Taylor

Nadine Lynn said...

Yes! And I can I just ask can everyone in general please stop going to the tanning bed? I want to start a new campaign "Pasty is the new sexy!" Let's all jump on board! PLEEEASE!

JumpingJE said...

Crap. I'm 26 and do all of these except for Ramen noodles. To be fair I canceled tanning last night. I wanted to get through the stupid lotion I bought. Pray for me too on skin cancer.

Kayla MKOY said...

I think 20 something year olds need to stop wearing leggings as pants, we aren't in high school anymore!!

Elizabeth Than said...

I am totally still guilty of ramen and sleeping past 10pm. Too good to give up, too little time to spare!

alyssa said...

Oh man, tanning beds. I'd add to that not wearing sunscreen when out in the sun. I've had sun poisoning TWICE and let me tell you, from April through October I keep sunscreen right on my vanity in plain sight so I never forget to put some on before I'm heading outside for even a half hour — NOT going through that misery again. That sunburn? Never worth the tan it'll turn into, and certainly not worth the possibility {or maybe probability} of skin cancer down the road!

Duh! Danae said...

I have found that listening to my mom is best and I probably should have done it a long time ago. :)

Amanda @ Marry Mint said...

Amen to ditching the ol' tanning bed! So scary!

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