18-year-old habits to drop by the age of 22

February 06, 2017
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When you’re 18 you feel unstoppable. You’re sure of who you are, what you want and what’s next. When you’re 22 you feel completely fallible. You have no idea what you want or what you’re doing next (although it will probably involve a nap). Teenage ignorance isn’t all bliss though. In fact, there are a few 18-year-old habits that 22-year-old you needs to ditch ASAP. So put down your Vodka Cruiser and pour yourself a glass of rosé because shit’s about to get real.

All-nighters are a no-no

There is nothing cool about pulling an all-nighter. That guy in your tute that brags about getting a distinction on an essay he did in one night with the power of Red Bull and No-Doze is just a poorly-organised D-bag. I fail to see the rationale behind ruining your body with caffeine and lack of sleep to write a sub-par assignment. Let’s be honest – who has the energy to stay up all night for bragging rights? At 22, a true brag is telling someone you went to bed before 11pm. That’s truly enviable.

Ignoring your Super is a super bad idea

We’ve probably each got about 24149124 Super accounts. One from every dodgy job we’ve had since the age of 14. Then every July we get a letter saying that all the money in our account has been used up on fees we didn’t even know we had to pay. Stop wasting money and sort it out! Sit down, get the pile of letters out, pick a fund and stick to it. There’s a lot of resources online to help you pick one and transfer everything into it. Then, cut the fees you don’t need (goodbye ominous “other indirect costs”) and bask in the warm feeling of retirement preparedness. Only 40 years to go before you can spend it!

“Don’t cha know that you're toxic”

Britney Spears has given us many things – a great tune about toxicity being one of them. At 18, our circle of friends can be the most important thing to us. They’re the most influential and powerful forces in our lives and when something goes wrong, it can feel like the end of the world.

At 22, it’s time to cut the crap. If you have a bad/manipulative/exploitative friend then it’s time to end the friendship. Social drama shouldn’t be influencing your emotional, academic or even financial stability at 22. Dump the toxic relationship and get on with your own happiness.

Eating is cheating

Incorrect. Eating is not cheating. Eating will save you. It has been scientifically proven* that drinking on an empty stomach will lead to blacking out before the Uber even arrives and a soul-wrecking hangover. Drinking with food in your belly keeps you upright, energetic and saves you the next morning. At 18, getting #rekt is fine, but #staywoke to the potential risks. At 22, getting #rekt is also fine, but our livers are not what they used to be. So do yourself a favour and carb load. Or maybe just carb load and then don’t go out. That sounds like a way better plan.

*Not actually scientifically proven.

While it’s tempting to plead “Young at heart”, there’s no excuse for immaturity and self-sabotage when you’re in your mid-20s and are expected to know better. It’ll still be a few years before I can make my own appointments though – I get nervous talking on the phone and Mum has done such a great job with it for the last 22 years.

Danica Lamb

Danica is a Laws Masters kid at UWA. She enjoys cheap coffee and 80s pop music.