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While some people look forward to their 25th birthday, I was on the fence. Over the years, I always enjoyed celebrating my birthday with my family and friends. However, for whatever reason this year, I dreaded it. I was turning the big 2-5! A true blessing that many do not get to see. But still, I felt like I wasn’t well prepared for it. 25 is such a weird age. You’re old enough to rent a car, buy a house, and start a family. Yet, you’re still young enough to make major mistakes, be single, travel and completely change your life. While most soon to be 25 year olds know these things. However I still feel like there are a few things no one ever told me. Therefore to help out my follow 20 something’s, here is a list of things I wish people would have told me and some things I was told about turning 25.

1. No one Will Baby You Anymore

Seriously, the days of being told “you’re such a baby”, are long gone. Yes you may be younger than these 30 year olds out here, but you’re not a baby anymore. It’s tie to grow up and start acting like an adult

2. Hanging out with anyone under 23 will be weird

Trust me. I tried it once. I felt extremely odd and old.

3. You Only Have One More Year On your Parent’s Health Insurance

It’s time to start looking at policies, and learning your options.

4. Depending on where you’re from being engaged/not engaged will freak ppl out

This depends on where you’re from. My homegirl in NYC, shunned the idea of being engaged now. Meanwhile, my friend from Texas gave me the side eye for not even thinking about marriage yet.

5. Travel now, seriously Right Now

Okay, we may have been told this when we first turned 21, but how many of you actually travelled? Get a passport right now. No seriously, get out of your bed and get one.

6. Develop your good habits now

A little discipline and routine will help multiple areas of your life. Trust me, I’m developing a morning ritual right now.

7. Don’t feel pressured to do “big things!”

I felt so much pressure to celebrate my birthday in the biggest and baddest way. Please ignore that pressure and save yourself the headache. Oh and that one friend that you have on Instagram that constantly posts her “fabulous life”, it may be time to unfollow.

8. The decisions you Make In the love department can change your life

The person you meet today could be your future husband or wife. Be wise in your decisions.

9. The people you meet now, will change your life

People always told me, the people you meet in college will change your life. No, it’s also the people you meet afterwards. After relocating to two different cities, I’ve made incredible new friends. The people you meet now, will really see your growth and change.

10. Made a mistake? We good!

Hey, we’re still young right?

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