Times they are a’changin. We know it’s easier said than done, but we think it might be time to employ some responsible rules into your repertoire, rather than the obligatory selfie on social media as well as sharing your meals and how sweaty your are from the gym. You’re growing up which means it’s time to reflect your age in your actions. Take a look at twelve things you should stop doing in your twenties.

1)      Overabundance on Social Media.

Keeping your parents and Aunt Grace updated on your life is the right thing to do. Posting vacay pics in your new sexy bikini after working out all year? You better. But tweeting play by plays of your daily life and Instagramming everything you ingest should be avoided. Leave it to the celebrities desperate for exposure.

2)      Stop being lazy.

You may still be figuring yourself out, and that’s OK. But there is no reason why you should watch NBC’s mid-to-late afternoon lineup every day. Learn something new. Go for a bike ride. Enjoy the book you’ve been dying to read. You have 1440 minutes at your disposal every day. Use them appropriately.

3)      Stop being afraid.

Congratulations. You’ve made it this far in life. I’m sure you have survived loss, heartbreak, hurt, and disappointment. But guess what? You’re still standing. And however painful those experiences were, you’ve grown whether you know it or not. It’s time to stop being afraid of taking risks, and live your life. Nobody has time for the what-ifs.

4)      Relying too much on your parents.

Times are tough, we get it. We’ve all been strapped for cash at times and struggled to make ends meet. But that doesn’t excuse why your mom still washes your clothes, or why your dad still files your taxes. It’s time to cut the cord and slowly take the reigns over your independence. We promise you’ll feel like a million bucks when you do.

5)      Stop being uninformed.

It’s great to stay abreast of celebrity pop culture. It’s a conversational gem. However, we think it may be time to expand your current event knowledge beyond Perez Hilton. Open up a newspaper from time to time and see what’s going on in the world. Hell, even if you can’t completely disconnect from technology, log into Huffingtonpost.com for a good collabo of up-to-date articles and news.

6)      Dating the wrong guys.

By now, you should know what you need, don’t need, want, and can live without in relationships. Keep your eyes open early on for red flags and DO NOT AVOID THEM. It may be fun when you’re young to get caught up in something you know isn’t right for the heck of it, but the older your get, the less inclined you will be to risk your heart for the wrong reasons.

7)      Stop Rushing.

In today’s society, we know everything moves at the speed of, well, Twitter. By the time you finish checking the weather on your phone, you’ve missed 1223 tweets and now need to spend the next hour backtracking. Take a breather! Life moves fast, but you don’t necessarily have to. Keep your eyes open and don’t forget to enjoy the little things in life and the beauty that can only be appreciated when you take a moment to admire.

8)      Don’t stop investing in yourself and your health.

Treating your body like a garbage can will catch up to you. Eventually. Get in the know on some health basics and nourishing tips. Take vitamins! Eat more veggies. Water is your friend. Trust us, your body and skin will thank you in the long run.

9)   Sexting.

This kind of communication was invented by “tweens”. How about we let them have their shameful fun while we grow into respectable adults. Don’t you agree?

10)   Humoring toxic friendships.

We all have those friends that have passed their expiration point and we hold on for the longevity rather than the actual companionship. Well, it’s time to cut the cord. Not every friendship needs to be nurtured, especially the toxic ones. Find friends that respect you and push you to be yourself. Those are the ones worth holding on to.

11)  Comparing your real life to a celebrity’s.

You will never be a Kardashian. There, we said it. Don’t hate us. But with that said, it’s time to understand that celebrity culture represents such a small fragment of our population. There are many more people to admire and look up to, who have even more notable accolades. Follow in the footsteps of Sheryl Sandberg, the CEO of Facebook and first female board member. Add some brains to that beauty.

12)  Setting deadlines for major life events.

We get it. Your high school friends are all getting engaged and popping out babies (Blah Blah Blah). You see their pictures on Facebook and reply with a Forever Alone meme. Listen, it is okay to not be where they are in life. Everyone has their own time frame for accomplishments and goals. We all are on our own paths in life and just because you may be behind some, doesn’t mean you aren’t on your way to greatness. Appreciate the journey.

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