There are a ton of things I wish I had known before I turned twenty-one. Actually, there are a ton of things I wish I had known before I turned 18. Honestly, there are things I wish I had known before I turned 13. But, obviously, I don’t have the power to time travel (yet) so I have to learn certain lessons much after the fact, when I’ve already made too many mistakes and can’t fix everything. Luckily, there are older people who have been through this stuff and have learned lessons the “hard way.” And those people recently came to Reddit to share everything you NEED to know before you turn twenty-one.
There are basic things you need to learn before you turn twenty-one, like how to drive a car or how to laundry. Then there are more complicated things, like handling money and peeing after sex (IMPORTANT). These things you probably won’t learn in school or from your parents, but they are necessary things to know when you’re still early in your life. Believe it or not, being 21 is still pretty young. You have a lot of time left in your life, so here are some things you absolutely need to know before you turn twenty-one.
How Contracts WorkUser redmensdistortion said, "Money management and how contracts work to some degree." OKAY, this makes sense. When you get a job or rent an apartment, you might have to sign a contract, and it's important to actually know how to read these contracts. You don't want to sign something if you don't know what it is, right? I mean, you don't want to sign away your soul without at least reading the contract thoroughly. Image Source: iStock
What Credit IsTBH, I still don't fully understand how credit works, but it's super important. As GandyDAncer04 said,"Understanding credit in general and that protecting it can literally save you thousands of dollars in your life." It's true, it can help you save money later in life if you have good credit. Image Source: iStock
How To CookSkitchy142 said, "How to cook. Especially how to cook nice food cheaply." No, you don't have to know how to cook a gourmet meal. But knowing how to make something besides cereal is important. Ask your parents for some secret family recipes so that you can pass them on your your kids, etc. Image Source: iStock
How To Actually Take Care Of Your Vaginahappyhappyfool gave the most important info of all: "Not sure how 'obvious' this is, but if you're a woman, pee after having sex." Please DO THIS! It will help prevent bacteria from staying inside your vagina and causing infections or even a UTI. And those are not fun. As user nermnerms added, "I didn't know this before, and I got multiple uti's. After you get 1, your risk of getting another go up by like 80%. It's painful, you piss blood, its deadly!!!! My good friends father died from an unmedicated uti that turned into a kidney infection and later kidney failure." It can be super scary! Image Source: iStock
Everyone Goes At Their Own PacePorridgepeas said, "You DON'T HAVE TO be graduating college at 23, or married with a baby at 30, or have a mortgage, or have a group of friends that hang at a coffee house, or anything." They are right, there is no set age you need to do certain things. You shouldn't compare yourself to other people's progress or lives. Image Source: iStock
You Have To Take Care Of Your BodySolidad said, "That the body is not invincible. It can be punished while you are younger, but you may end up paying for it later in life if you don't do preventive maintenance." You might feel like you can do anything to your body, but it won't always be like that, and sometimes things you do when you're young can affect your body when you get older. Image Source: iStock
Your Teen Years End Earlier Than You ThinkAs FattyDD pointed out, "Your teen years stop at 20, not 21." Sure, you can't legally drink, but you're still an adult and should stop acting like a teen when you're in your twenties. It sucks to hear, but you are an adult whether you like it or not. Image Source: iStock
You Won't Ever Feel Like An AdultUser why_do_we_fall_bruce said, "You will never actually feel like an adult, there will never be a time where you go 'Ok, I have it all figured out now.'" This is so accurate. You will NEVER feel like an adult, and that's okay. Adulthood is scary, and everyone else is figuring things out. There won't be a certain moment on your 21st birthday when you find the meaning to life. You will continue to grow up for the rest of your life, TBH. Image Source: iStock
You Shouldn't Believe Everything You See-CIA- said, "Don't believe everything you see/read/hear." This is important now more than ever. With all of the "fake news" being thrown around these days (ugh), it's hard to actually know what's real and what's not. You should always be a little skeptical when reading things online, and don't jump to believe everything you hear. Image Source: iStock
What do you wish you knew when you were younger? Tell us in the comments!