The past 21 years of my life have taught me a lot.
I've received an excellent education, been taught impeccable manners and am now competent enough to know every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
So why is it that throwing all that knowledge and responsibility out the window and just saying "f*ck it" is sometimes the only answer we need?
It has been said the key to living a successful and confident life is knowing when to care and when to throw your hands in the air and say, "F*ck it."
Realistically speaking, I'm not sure if that's actually ever been said. But contemplating every single decision you make, in order to have your life in order, is stressful and unnecessary.
We make thousands of decisions every day: some big, some small.
Some are as irrelevant as, "What socks should I wear today?" and some are as important as, "What job should I apply to today?"
(As a disclaimer, this article is not advising you to throw away all logic all the time.)
Believe me: I don't want a bunch of you running to my door with pitchforks, blaming me for your recent unemployment and bankruptcy.
But sometimes, you need to just do whatever the hell you want and be fine with it.
If you still don't feel so fine with it, here's a list of nine times saying "f*ck it" is the right move:
1. When Deciding What To Wear
Sometimes I want to look hot, and sometimes I want to look homeless.
Just consumed 5,000 calories worth of carbs? Yoga pants and a messy bun have never looked hotter.
Went to the gym and ate celery all week? Whip out the crop top and heels.
Whatever you are comfortable in is what you should wear.
Half the world doesn't even have the freedom to decide what to put on their body. So what you are feeling is what you should go for.
How often do you remember what your coworker wore to work yesterday, or what your friend wore to the pitch-black nightclub?
2. When Deciding If You Should Go Out Or Not
This is an inevitable inner debate we face multiple times a week, but we still don't know how to beat it.
Your friends are going to lure you with the magic of alcohol and promises you will totally have the best night of your life. Everyone is going out.
Your friends staying in lure you with the magic of pizza, Netflix and molding the shape of your body into the couch.
Ignore your annoying friends and do whatever the hell you want. Don't ask for their permission and don't ask for their opinion.
Sometimes the answer is vodka, clubs and 4 am.
Sometimes the answer is takeout Chinese and seven hours of "American Horror Story."
3. When One Of Your Friends Has An Attitude
We Millennials rely on digital media to do all the talking for us.
How am I supposed to know if you're being sassy via text or if you're just texting underneath your desk, hiding from your boss and keeping it short?
If your friend has an attitude, ask him or her.
If he or she says no, it sounds like a personal problem. If he or she does, then tell him or her to fess up instead of just sass-attacking you for hours on end.
Why waste your energy wondering if someone is mad at you? Grow a pair and ask.
4. When You Have An Attitude With One Of Your Friends
Reverse rule number three. If your friend does something to piss you off, tell him or her.
Humans do not have the power of mind reading, and a majority of the time, we all have our heads so far up our own asses we don't realize when we screw up.
Don't bitch around and wait for your friend to ask what's wrong.
Hit him or her with an old school, "I feel _____ when you _____."
Shout out to the fourth-grade teachers who told us to deal with our emotions directly and taught us that line.
5. When You Really Want Pizza* But Also Really Want A Six-pack
Eat the pizza. If you don't, all you'll be doing is sitting there, starving and miserable, dreaming about said pizza.
Let's be real: Pizza does taste as good as skinny feels.
*Insert your food of choice.
6. When You Need To Be Productive, But Also Really Just Need Your Bed
Bed > obligations. Always.
Don't go skipping work and getting fired on me here, but if it's a Saturday morning and you don't have anywhere to be for a while, take advantage of the few extra minutes while you have them.
The day isn't going anywhere, and your mind and body will thank you for it later.
7. When You See Someone You're Attracted To
I can't count the amount of times I've seen a hot guy, avoided eye contact and pretended the speck on the sidewalk was more interesting than anything I have ever seen in my entire life.
Since I am now an older and wiser 20-something and life is short, I feel it's time to make some changes.
Realistically, telling a (insert gender here) he or she is (insert adjective here) can end one of two ways:
a. You tell him or her. The person smiles and nods, and you both go your separate ways.
Perhaps it added some excitement to your boring Wednesday afternoon. At the very least, you can be proud of yourself for taking a risk.
Never mind the fact that it probably made his or her day as well.
b. He or she thinks you're cute/hot/sexy as well. You both chat, fall in love and live happily ever after.
Drastic, but who knows?
At the very least, you could get a date out of it.
(By the way, if you do live happily ever after, I better get an invite to the wedding.)
Life is short. Take a risk.
8. When You Like (Or Love) Someone
Tell him or her.
Are you guys getting the message here yet?
Life is short, and then you die. (Just kidding.)
But life really is too short to leave anything left unsaid. What's worse than the dread of wondering "what if" the rest of your life?
If you think you've found someone you like or love, you're already lucky.
Finding someone to feel that for in a world filled with 7 billion people is hard enough.
Maybe he or she will respond with an awkward "oh," and you'll be embarrassed for what feels like the rest of eternity.
But in the grand scheme of things, it was five minutes of your life. Now, you won't waste the next five months obsessing over someone who doesn't feel the same.
Maybe he or she will respond with an "I love you too," and you two will live happily ever after.
As I said in point number seven, I will fully be expecting an invitation to the wedding.
Regardless, you never know until you try. He or she will never know until you say it.
9. When You're Unhappy
If you're working at a job you loathe, are in a relationship with someone you hate or are just plain miserable, stop moping around and do something about it.
It may take a while to get to your "happy place," but you sure as hell won't get there by doing nothing about it.
Half the battle is making the plan. Whether that includes applying to new jobs, breaking up with your SO, moving to a different country or just eating that slice of cake, you deserve to be happy 100 percent of the time.
Being happy should always be your first and foremost priority.
Life isn't here for us to stress out over every single detail of every single decision. It's about being happy with yourself in the moment.
Sometimes, all it takes is saying those six beautiful letters: f*ck it.