Thought Catalog

Thank you to everyone who helped me with this (and congratulations on finally learning these lessons!). Names have been changed.

1. Kelly, 32

“People are going to talk behind your back no matter what you do, and no matter how old you are. I thought it would stop in eighth grade, then in high school, then in college, then at my first job — it never stops. The people change, and the things they say are different, but everyone still talks smack. Even you.”

2. Mark, 25

“Not knowing how to cook is just about the dumbest thing you can do. I thought that it was ‘un-manly’ to cook, so I spent pretty much all of my years from 18 to 23 eating Easy Mac, Ramen, cookies, and maybe a frozen dinner if I was being really classy. And now that I make my own food, it’s way better and…

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