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…or you Big Boy Briefs, I guess!

Some things happened yesterday that really got me thinking about what it means to “Grow Up.” There are a few characteristics that I’ve come to accept as those of an adult…and these are them:

1. Handling Your Money. This one’s tricky, because there are 30/40/50/60/70/80-year-olds out there who can’t do this. So why do I consider it a mark of adulthood? Because I DO! Nahnahnah, you can’t stop me. Seriously though – I keep track of my bank account/credit cards to the cent. I have a spreadsheet. You do not have to have a spreadsheet to be a grown-up…but for the love of God, at least make sure you have your rent and bill money before paying your subscription to WOW, ok?

2. Handling Your Business. When I need to find a new place to live, get a utility hooked up, open a new bank account, whatever, I go through a very simple process. I pick up my phone, dial some numbers, talk to someone, make an appointment…and so on and so forth. I do not wait for someone else to do these things for me. I do them myself, because it is my responsibility to do so.

3. Handling Your Laundry. And your dishes. And your waste disposal. And your vacuuming. Etc. etc. etc. Again, there are 30/40/50/60/70/80-year-olds who cannot handle this concept. I do not care about them. If they have 3-week-old dishes sitting around their house growing fuzz, then they are gross – regardless of age. Gross.

My tongue is firmly planted in my cheek. Just so you know.

On the same note…a few things I wish I could go back and tell my 18-year-old self:

1. The Gritty Grotto or the YMCA have the same shit as Shapes, but for a fraction of the cost. For the love of God, do not sign up at Shapes when you could walk across campus and hit the gym there. Also, you have less chance of being hit by flying bicep sweat from some over-zealous old dude going through a midlife crises if you work out on campus. JUST SAYIN.

2. It is not always your roommate’s fault. (Sorry)

3. Do NOT get your money from Student Aid. They are the devil. Go to BMO and get a $15,000 student line of credit, followed by $10,000 every year after that. You will be way more comfortable AND they will not penalize you for working and having a savings account.

4. Just because you got good grades in high school does NOT mean you are required to go to university. There is nothing wrong with at least starting out at college. The classes are smaller, the keggers are more fun, and (shock!) you will actually meet people. And, like, know their last names. And see them in more than one class, more than 3 times a week.

5. Leave Winnipeg. As soon as possible. Actually, while you’re at it, just get out of Manitoba. You and cold weather do not get along. You are not tough enough for this shit. A fresh batch of snow on March 24th? Pfffffft. Screw that!

I obviously still haven’t taken the advice offered to myself by myself in #5. Geeeeeeez.

(Can you tell I am still home sick? This blows.)

P.S. I am now on Twitter, because I obviously have nothing better to do. Check it out here.

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