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20 Things You Should Never Be Ashamed Of

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Since 23 Things came out in December, there have been loads of “response articles” popping up here and there about how I should be ashamed of myself for this and that… and this and that… oh and especially because of THAT.  I don’t mean to be rude when I say (but I want to come off that way):

GET OVER IT. It’s April people.

I want to extend an olive branch of peace… but that would suggest that I feel like I did something wrong.  I didn’t do a damn thing!… Other than get 5.2 million hits in 2 days.  #humblebrag.  Nevertheless, I think we should all hold hands and move forward with our lives, together.  Please feel free to check out my other viral pieces, “I’m A Whore And You Probably Are Too” and “20 Things That Change About You After Moving To China” if you want some new material to get upset about.

However, I will not apologize for publishing 23 Things because I don’t negotiate with terrorists or cowards.  The article made people think, it reached out to those who were struggling, and it was really fucking funny if I may say so myself.  Whateva whateva, I do what I want.

And you should too.

“Mistakes” build character.  They illustrate your limits; and they should not be taken for granted.  I wouldn’t even categorize some of my more “questionable” decisions as mistakes because they were exactly what I wanted at that exact moment in my life. I am a romantic after all.  I like to categorize these adventures into one continuous series called: “Vanessa’s Greatest Hits.”  I look forward to sharing them with the world via the novel I’m working on, which is being written “as fiction” to protect the innocent; you know who you are.

So here’s my list of
20 Things You Should Never Be Ashamed Of:

1. Moving Away From Home.


2. Dumping Someone


3.  Going Into Debt


4. Studying Something You Love Versus Something Practical


5. Taking A Gap Year


6.  Casual Sex


7.  Casual Dating


(Authors Note: There’s a difference between #6 and #7)

8. Changing Career Paths

Changing Careers

9.  Starting Over


10.  Worrying About Money


11.  Being Selfish


12.  Forcing It


13.  Disappointing Your Parents


14.  Working For A Non-Profit


15.  Scaling Back Your Drinking


16.  Disliking Someone


17.  Taking A Compliment Well


18.  Criticizing Someone


19.  Dressing Up And Looking Sexy As Hell


20.  Being Stubborn About Your Dreams


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