11 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 20

Author Shelli Johnson posted a list entitled 10 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 20. 


As such, I was inspired to write my own list.

Unlike Johnson, who was 25 when she wrote her list, I am more than two decades away from 20 and perhaps have greater perspective on the issue.

I may have also forgotten what it’s like to be 20, but I don’t think so. It seems like just yesterday.

I also tried to write my list with enough clarity and specificity so as to not require any additional explanation. Please let me know if you’d like me to be more specific. 

My list is also 11 items long because round numbered lists like a list of 10 can’t be trusted. Either something was added to the list that isn’t worthy to bring it to the round number or a relevant item was removed from the list for the sake of the round number.  

Never trust round numbers.

11 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 20

  1. Time and money are obstacles easily overcome with long days, hard work, and a clear vision.
  2. People will die before you ever expect them to. Stay connected.
  3. Every problem has a lifespan shorter than your own.
  4. Find your voice. Don’t wait to stumble upon it.
  5. Have sex more often.
  6. Move fast and without fear. Seize opportunities and experiment often.
  7. Never allow yourself to be interrogated by police officers without an attorney present.
  8. The way that you win an argument is more important than actually winning the argument.
  9. Being known for your kindness is more important than being known for your cleverness.
  10. Write everyday without exception.
  11. It’s better to look stupid than to not ask a question.