The other 10% will be valid
This is the only math I learnt in my 20’s
2. Bow Island is no where near Calgary
When I was 20, I decided I NEEDED to throw myself out of a plane for fun. Invited friends and slowly they all backed out. Chickens. Jump was at Bow Island 4pm, I drove myself. I hit the outskirts of Calgary and called my Dad “where the hell is Bow Island?!?!” . I’m not going to explain what happened during that chat.. just know I made it, eventually.
3. Cement doesn’t move for cars.. neither do trains
In the middle of July, my Ford Probe slipped on ice and drove itself into cement and died. Insurance company didn’t buy that either. Also, just because the barricades don’t come down for a train, doesn’t mean it’s a challenge. It also doesn’t mean you should have second thoughts and stop on the tracks. Cruise anyone?
4. When life feels out of control, clean
Our living environment is the reflection of our lives. So when shit gets out of control, clean up. I swear it will make you feel more in control and relaxed.
5. When going down the Medicine Hat water slides ALWAYS make sure your top is on tight
6. A break up can put you in a hostage situation ( if you let it)
I have spent massive amounts of hours ( just being honest) over analyzing, re-living moments and torturing my friends with the same stories over and over ( Hi friends!!) . At the end of the day, you always have a choice. You can continue to wallow, you can attempt to fix the situation or you can start moving on.
7. ( You may hate this one) It is possible to be friends with ex’s
Never thought those words would ever fall
out of my mouth onto the onto the keyboard, but turns out, its true. What is the sense in holding a grudge/hate/unsaid words? It’s an odd thing that happens as you get older.. you become an adult and mature. Gross, I know.
9. (Generally) Life isn’t go as you plan.
And thank gawd, I would have been a record producer living in Toronto by now. Despite how it may look on Facebook and Instagram, no one’s life turned out exactly how they planned. Behind those smiles and funny statuses, there are troubled times and bad days. Just do the best you can.
10. Your health is your own responsibility
What a piss off this one is. Turns out that no amount of screaming from a trainer or advise from healthy websites is going to make you healthy. If you want to be healthier you have to at least TRY to eat healthier ( and I don’t mean those ‘low carb’ frozen dinners). Attempt to exercise for two weeks before you decide hang to yourself by the pull up bar. Of course its going to be hard work at the beginning.. unless you go for a frolic in the park, then maybe you will be okay.
11. Mo Money, Mo Problems In my teenage years, I somehow managed to stretch that $20 I made from flipping burgers for weeks and weeks. For some reason, the older we get, the more our need for ‘stuff’ grows and we mostly buy just because we can. I don’t have a solution to this one.
12. It is physically impossible to talk your way out of vomiting after 6 beers and 5 shots within an hour. Just give in and get it over with
13. Therapy/counselling doesn’t make you weak
Where did the stigma come from that our occasional need to collapse our lives into the ear of someone outside our circle makes us inadequate and weak? Talking to someone outside of our common bubble about mental and emotional roadblocks can provide a new fresh perspective on day-to-day challenges. There have been a handful of times I gained a new perspective from an outside source and I found myself saying ” .. I never thought of it that way”. Openness over pride.
14. The internet can be your worse enemy
I Google everything.. EVERYTHING, so I’m not going to sit here and bully it. However, the internet can be hurtful, confuse you and take away valuable time you can’t get back. Use it with precaution and don’t allow all of your time to be spent on it. Also, do not google your own name. It will only create more questions than your parents are willing to answer when you ask who you were named after.
15. When you have misplaced your cell phone, check the fridge.
It’s a thing. Don’t judge
16. Good friends are easy to find, great ones are rare
Fair-weather friends come and go, easy to find and just as easy to lose. True friends are like that limited edition Michael Kors watch, hard to find and can change your life. A true friend can make you feel safe, supported and connected. They’re also there for those embarrassing moments and to make sure you never live them down.
17. Gatorade, not water
This applies to hang overs or any form of upset stomach. Straight water will only upset your stomach more. Electrolytes are KEY.
19. Birthday Deals!! Folks, this is a big one so listen up. Most places, and I’m not just talking restaurants, will give you a killer discount on or around your birthday. We are talking clothing stores, free jewelry, I even heard you can get travel discounts. If you are a late December baby like me, these deals usually can be combined with Boxing Day deals. HOLLLLLAA!!!!
20. Lessons are repeated till learnt
Saving the most important till last. This was the biggest lesson I learnt in my 20’s. Persistency often got me to be 1000000000000% sure about something before I finally decided okay, I GET IT. The thing is, if you don’t get the lesson the first time, it just gets louder. It’s like being smacked upside the head with a brick.. that becomes a bus. If you continue to find yourself attracting the same catastrophic situation/ results over and over, it’s because you haven’t learnt the lesson yet. The problem is you. Rough lesson to learn, but only if we choose to ignore it.