You heard right. Now that I’m 26, I’m giving myself some rules. Ever since my birthday, I’ve suffered from a severe feeling of inadequacy–like I’m not doing something right, or that I’m going to start doing something wrong. I need it to quit. And this is my solution.
26th Year Rules (presented as “To Erica, From Erica”)
• NO getting drunk. Wine is fine. A glass of beer now and again, also fine. But if you drink till you impair your driving, you broke the rule.
• In the spirit of learning something from Lent, let’s keep the cussing to a minimum. You’re an adult who might have kids someday soon. You might want to start taming the potty mouth now.
• Eat more sushi (leave me alone, you hippies).
• Go home (parents’ home) more often, for no reason at all.
• If it’s not raining, and not below freezing, ride your bike to work.
• Learn to cook something other than casserole.
• Learn downtown Cleveland, so you don’t freak out every time you go there.
• Grocery shop more than once every two months.
• Go out in the rain.
• Have fresh flowers in the house (this is an adult thing, no?)
• Go on at least two vacations.
• Accept that you are not a bean pole.
• Attend more events that require you to dress up.
• Smile more. (I never thought I’d have to tell myself this.)
• Quit looking so far into the future. You have no control over it.
• Continue to preach against sunscreen and anti-bacterial.
• Maintain an anxiety-free lifestyle.
• Do more things that scare you.
• Stop trying to jump the gun.
• Shoot more guns.
• Pick a hobby that belongs only to you.
• Visit friends from college.
• Quit fretting.
• Pray more.
• Find a Catholic church to go to.
• Put others first.
26 rules for the new 26-year-old.