25 Habits To Break By Age 25Laura Donovan

This year, I celebrated my 25th birthday by eating multiple Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, attending improv class and watching a comedy show with friends. It was low key, and that’s the way I’d like to spend the majority of my weekends, as hangovers now take too long to pass and I can finally admit shouting over bars is a terrible experience. I have a lot more maturing to do, not to mention a host of habits I should have broken by 25, so here are some good things to outgrow before hitting the big quarter century:

25. Eating in bed

Unless you want to befriend some cool mice!

24. Too much takeout or Seamless

It adds up, and you never really know what other people are putting in your food.

23. Chasing after unworthy dating prospects

You both know you deserve better. Kick him to the curb.

22. Overusing your debit/credit card

You spend more this way, and honestly, it doesn’t make much sense to use a credit/debit card for that $2 water bottle (which shouldn’t be $2, but that’s an argument for another post…). Always keep $10-$20 in your purse.

21. Staying up late to watch TV/Netflix

This is especially risky if you have a full-time job. Don’t show up to work tired in the morning. Just catch the next episode of American Horror Story (which is amazing, of course) when you get home.

20. Leaving your tab open at the bar

Sometimes this makes sense, but you could wind up spending more money, or worse, accidentally leaving your card with the bartender.

19. Feeling bad every time a new Facebook friend gets engaged/married or has a baby

This is 2013. People are tying the knot and becoming parents later now, so don’t feel like you’re so behind simply because folks you went to high school with appear to be growing up.

18. Failing to floss

The older you get, the more attention you should pay to dental hygiene. Before going to bed, spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth (back when magazines were thriving, YM suggested listening to a pop song at the sink) and flossing. Add some mouthwash to the mix and you’re golden.

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  • Gromlech

    Some are slightly less concrete than others imo, but the one I outright disagree with is 7. There could easily be situations in every commuters life where different obligations or such hold them up, to a point where time is tight on catching the next train/bus, so what if they don’t rush for it? Could mean missing an important meeting/uni exam/whatever, could mean getting fired if a boss is strict, who knows. Missing that next train/bus could prove very dire for certain people.

  • Rosie Yé

    Meh! Your late 20′ and up will (must be) pretty boring…

  • Jonathan Malloy

    Biting your nails. I’ve learned to always keep a nail file on hand in case I crack one or do start biting one. Keeping a nail file with you to even out your nails is a quick and easy way to break this bad habit.

  • Micalla Wood

    It’s great to have an opinion and state it, but word it wisely. Once somebody’s offended/angry they tend to shut down.

  • Rena23442

    As far as #14, sleeping is a thing I love.

  • Lauren Taylor

    I love your #1! I make Thank You cards in my Etsy shop, Instead of Ashes- I am all about the art of the handwritten thank you note!

  • Alycia Mary Hill

    I also would like to add that 25 is a good age to stop giving a shit about what other people think. Also, stop dwelling on the past!

  • Sly!

    WTF, why not using a credit card for a $2 bottle ? ^^’

    • Brittany Queen

      because you’re wasting plastic like a maniac!

  • disqus_e3o0Y8yL1y

    This feels like a list of someone who is a kid but wants to play house and pretend to be grownup. A good number of the items you shouldn’t do at any age, many of the others seem more of what she thinks being a grown up should be. I took my trash out, did my laundry, wrote thank you notes, carried umbrellas and didn’t overindulge at work(who’s workplace has kegs?) when I was 18 and on my own. Everyone should be doing that well before, that’s not a 25 milestone, that’s just being responsible. I still sleep in weekends, occasionally eat in bed, and binge watch shows late in the night. I’m 37. So what. Still a responsible grownup. Ridiculous list, but who knows maybe it will help the more sheltered naive among us.

  • lawst

    I’d love to hear your story of being heckled by the woman in DC. I had the same woman, 2 years apart, try to give me the same story. The first time, my then boyfriend gave her the $60 she wanted. The 2nd time, I recognized her and her act immediately. Both times she had just had a totaling car accidents and was stranded in DC with a sick baby out in Virginia. I couldn’t believe she tried selling me the same story twice.

  • Sian ‘Sess’ Champion

    I agree with a lot of this list, don’t get me wrong…but in what universe is an umbrella “gross”?

  • Vicki J Junkin-Waatti

    I disagree with #19 and people announcing about babies. I have PTSD and am unable to have a baby because of being beaten while pregnant and loosing the child and having a hysterectomy.

  • nataliejharms

    Spending all day at work reading list articles.

    :(

  • http://immonde.tumblr.com JlttduShlgstn

    Being 25 sound REALLY FUN…

  • Joshua Venne

    Running for the bus is good for you, it provides healthy cardio and in turns helps with hormone production. Just don’t get hit by a car, run through crowds or slip down stairs, but the reality is that being struck by a vehicle or trampled by commuters is as close to an honorable death as most of us will get. Umbrellas are annoying, they take up too much space and if it’s windy become useless, invest in a tech jacket from Columbia or Helly Hansen, and bring a change of clothes (in case you blow a back door load when you slip down those stairs).
    Water Bottles, Get a nalgene. Get some tap water. Stop creating so much trash for that over flowing trash bin – I know you don’t recycle. As for that stranger on the street, that money isn’t going somewhere useful, buy food or volunteer.

    Good article though, I had a fun read.

  • Courtney

    This list is REALLY GOOD! These are awesome practices to take up – they’re all about being prepared, being respectful, being healthy, and being responsible. I don’t understand why some people are replying to this with hostility. I am guilty of almost all of these; being a young adult and learning to navigate independence is hard, and if you don’t struggle with these things, then good for you! You can move on to improve other areas of your life. (Like, say, not spending time on the Internet bashing other people’s articles?) Maybe you’re not as lazy as I am – as many people in their early 20s are – but you definitely aren’t perfect, so try to take up new habits or hobbies and practising skills that will expand your horizons. Like putting money in an RRSP account every month or volunteering at animals shelters.

  • Sophia Nicholson

    Speaking as a bartender, you will get worse service if you keep making me swipe your card every time you order a drink. Especially if it’s busy. How about be responsible and cognizant enough at the end of the night to close your tab and retrieve your card?

    • Brittany Queen

      hell to the no! identity theft is a fucking nightmare, and unless you’re promising that you are going to protect my card and cover any mishaps, you shouldn’t be so critical. that’s the whole reason the tap feature is coming to the mainstream, the fewer hands that touch MY card, the lower the chance of fraudulence.

      • Sophia Nicholson

        Identity theft? Carry cash.

  • Mae Danger

    LOVE the YM shout out! I may have “borrowed” some issues from my older sister in my tweens!

  • mediabrainwash

    Well, considering I work most weekends I can’t do that. However it’s healthy to do that on off days. My job hurts my entire body so I will sleep all day. I take it white collar jobs do not. Also what sort of job allows you to drink at work? Most jobs do not allow it.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DaveMarajSocialMedia?ref=hl Dave Maraj

    #19 ‘this is 2013′ ? is this old or should that be 2015.

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