21 Things I’ve Learned In 21 Years

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Today is my birthday! Woo! I’m turning 21 and this is absolutely no big deal here in Europe, considering I have had full, adult rights since my 18th birthday – but hey, a birthday is a birthday. It’s always a little bit special.

I thought I would add my grain of salt to this type of post I’ve seen going around for a couple of years; here are 21 things I have learned in my 21 years of life on Earth.

Mostly I’ve learned that cake is delicious.
  1. Cats are wonderful.
  2. I am an anomaly, and in many ways, everyone is.
  3. You can always make time for what matters to you.
  4. True friendship gets you through anything.
  5. I am stronger than I think I am.
  6. Anything can be interesting… even baseball.
  7. How to make friends? Make eye contact, smile and give them a compliment.
  8. It doesn’t matter what you can’t do; what matters is what you focus your energy on.
  9. A semi-effective way to get rid of flirty guys is to smile and say: “It was nice meeting you!”
  10. It takes work to maintain relationships with old friends and family members, but it’s worth it.
  11. Taking things seriously is so overrated. Having fun is way more fun!
  12. People don’t care about whether I am wearing make-up or not.
  13. Asking for help is one of the strongest and most resourceful responses you can have to a problem.
  14. Whole wheat, organic spaghetti is cheaper than white, non-organic pasta. And it tastes way better.
  15. Whoever you are, people care about you.
  16. Harry Potter will never be irrelevant to my life.
  17. Stretching feels great.
  18. You can train yourself to be happy and confident.
  19. Music and dance have magical healing properties.
  20. All problems have a solution (this is a direct quote from my mom).
  21. Fresh basil makes your standard pasta taste 100 times better.
Happy birthday to meeee!
Happy birthday to meeee!

Marianne is a lover of cats and chocolate. She enjoys pretending she is a local (wherever she is) and will gladly engage you in a philosophical debate about Harry Potter.

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