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 Yes, I am 22.

I can't believe it either. 

Since I was 18, I wrote a '___ Things to Know' every year (except for 21, that was a video), and now here it is again. A compilation of short reflections from the past year, seeing how much change there's been. A lot.

Here are 22 Things to Know Before Turning 22.

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1. Don't be afraid of trying new things

2. You'll lose friends, that's okay

3. Own up to your mistakes. Admit, acknowledge and reflect

4.  Find time for your hobbies, even if there is no time

5. Be alone, physically and personally by yourself. You'll miss it

6. Life can be overwhelming, take a step back and breath

7. It's okay to cry, it's not healthy to cry every day

8. Never let someone make you feel bad for doing something you enjoy

9. Wake up early, it's quiet in the morning

10. Long walks are good for your health

11. Embrace your 20s, it's so lively


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12. Dancing in the bedroom is an important part of daily life.

13. You're allowed to like cheesy music

14. Don't be afraid to say 'I love you', and to stop saying 'I love you.'

15. Speak out even when no one wants to listen

16. Be proud of your achievements, you deserve it

17. Travel more, please travel more

18. Save money, even if it's really REALLY hard

19. You'll make friends in the unlikely of places 

20. Help when asked, and offer when necessary

21. The sun is good for you, go outside

22.  You'll be okay one day, just know that for now


What are the things you 
need to know before turning 22?