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
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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About Vanessa Elizabeth
Vanessa Elizabeth is a cultural chameleon currently based in London. She enjoys sports (such as CrossFit and dating), cooking, and demolishing her savings account. When she's not busy blogging about her feelings, she works full-time and practices Chinese with her English/German friends.
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