I started this on my primary blog - and I have loved the idea so much, I am moving it over to TWC. My own blog still allows anonymous comments, so if you want to comment - but can't here - go to my home...
I've also added the folks who commented on my original to this list. I am crediting their blogs (if they write one), if you want to learn more about them. I love them all, and think you would too.
Good advice no one ever told me:
Halloween isn't fun when you are the person carving the pumpkin, buying the candy and enduring the constant pleas of "How much longer until we can trick or treat?"
If you are in your 20's, STD free and unattached - and are of the inclination - you should have protected sex with whomever you chose. Really. I look at these young beautiful women and think about how much time I worried about my "reputation", et al. What the hell was I saving myself for?
Don't bother to fake an orgasm - I mean, honestly. It does nothing for you, and gives your partner zero feedback. If they are doing something that isn't working for you, speak up. In fact, don't fake anything.
Buy and wear the pretty underwear. For yourself.
Young men in their 20's are idiots. I also look at them and am astounded that anyone finds them charming or attractive. I certainly do not. (I qualify this by saying that they are "cute", certainly. However, having watched them close up for two years now, and seeing these lovely young women look at them adoringly....Sigh. Kind of makes me want to shake them. The same feeling I had when I saw pre-kids, pre-crazy Brit and K-fed, and I wanted to grab her and say "NO!!!!!")
If you are in love with one of these men, know that they will not change. You can not change them. What you see is what you get later on. But with Hair growing out of odd places.
Lisa adds: I wish I would have known that some guys never outgrow the mentality guys typically have in their 20's.
There may come a moment when you think "My partner actually understands me!" and you will be grateful. This moment, of course, may pass. It will come back again, you just can't know when.
Other peoples babies are very cute. Your baby will be the most work/worry/lack of sleep/joy you never imagined. Proceed with caution.
There is nothing more pleasurable than laying in bed in the sunshine. Adding coffee ups the pleasure even more.
Parking in a city engenders a certain ruthless attitude.
Eat what you want.
Reading graphic novels as an adult is really fun.
Spending money on music is never wasted. Yes, you may regret some of the CD's in hindsight (Yes Slow Jams CD I am talking about you)
Drink the wine you like.
You will come to enjoy the joy of someone else cooking for you. When your parent did it, I mean - it was no big deal. If you have had to do it for yourself, you will be wildly grateful for a nice bowl of soup made by someone else.
There will come a day when you weigh - heavily - the two to three days of being hungover for the one evening of drunken debauchery.
Don't laugh at any jokes you don't find funny. Don't pretend to find something funny if you don't.
TB: Go naked more often
Mitzi: buy and wear the not-so-pretty but comfortable underwear--for yourself.
there is never "a good time" to get married, get divorced, have a kid, change jobs, etc. do what makes you happy when your gut says to do it.
and if you'll rip me a copy of your "slow jams" cd, i'll send you a copy of "80s metal ballads.
Wordgirl: If you don't like the way your life was during the first 18 years, don't capitalize on the sorrow it caused by being stupid and impulsive. Sure, let your freak flag fly and all that, but do yourself a favor and get some counseling. Don't wait until you're already fucking up your kids before you realize it's time to get help. Not that I would know...or anything.
Meghan: Enjoy the unknown aspects of the future when you are 20 and unattached. I spent too much time feeling terrified about the unknown lying ahead of me.
Once you are married, you kind of see your future. And then, often, your future looks maddeningly BORING. The unknown is more thrilling than scary, in retrospect.
Keep in mind that this is coming from someone who didn't end up in prison. Ask someone in the slammer, and they may tell you to be afraid.
Cindylou: Spend money on good bras, the seamstress who tailored my wedding dress told me, "You don't' have five dollar boobs don't buy five dollar bras." She was right.
Spend money on good shoes, they are more comfortable.
You do not have to justify the new winter coat for YOU, if your kid needed it you would buy it.
TRY IT ON. Oh the money I could have saved on things I never wore after I bought them.
Hershey's is not GOOD chocolate, buy the good stuff (vosges. . . yum)