A New Appreciation System

You'd better beleib it.

I’ve been around long enough to learn that it’s the little things in life that make you happy. In college it was dollar beer nights and canceled classes and a new going-out shirt. And now, now it’s all changed. I’m suddenly appreciating the things in my life that I used to take for granted.

Take drinking for instance.  Before I started drinking, I never realized the true sparkly goodness of a bottle of blue Gatorade and a nap.  Before I went to college, I didn’t understand how happy home-cooked meals could make me.  Before summer comes and I sweat my tits off sitting out by the pool, I can never comprehend how good a surprise snowstorm can look.

OK, you get the point. Everything looks different when you’re looking at it from a new angle.

When I graduated from college, I started picking up on random things I never thought I would be grateful for, like, ever.  And I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a yummy list of things (if you are an upcoming post-grad) you should learn to appreciate right now.

So here you go. Take this list and remember it for when you graduate, because you’re about to realize that there’s a lot more to love in your life than you realize.

1. Horoscopes: I’m not one to receive a daily horoscope forecast all over Facebook for everyone to see.  But Iam one to compulsively check my Elle.com astrology in private to gain a strong force of personal direction.  In a spot where I am fully confused about life, horoscopes help me define things.  They give me clarity and direction in a foggy realm.  If you’re not looking at yours every day, I highly suggest you do. And um, leave that shiz off my Facebook news feed.

2. Sundays: Sundays weren’t Sundays in college.  Why?  Because I spent every Sunday wearing neon PINK sweatpants, doing homework in the library.  Post-grad Sundays are spent doing whatever I want.  Seriously, whatever.  Last Sunday, I rearranged my room…twice… and spent the rest of the day Googling how to cook red velvet pancakes. Sundays sans homework guilt and college group projects are the best thing about my week.

3. A Genuinely Nice Dude: I’m not going to say they didn’t exist in college because I knew a few ladies who snagged some.  But because I didn’t care about anything in college, I didn’t care to look for them.  Nowadays, I’ve found the sudden glimmer of energy to really find a nice guy.  And they pop up everywhere when you’re looking for ‘em.  I love how that works!

4. 6:00 P.M: After a stressful day at work, there is nothing better than driving home from work at 6:00 P.M., enjoying the soft breeze out my car window, completely alone, with only my personal thoughts of the day left to scan my mind.  In college, I took complete advantage of 6 p.m.(usually by sitting in class or by finalizing a group project). Nowadays, I know to let myself marinate in every private minute.

5. Leftovers: In the real world life where free food isn’t at my disposal, leftovers are little baby angels in my daily schedule.  If I am willing to spend 80 bagillion dollars on a meal at Chilis, you bet  your bottom I enjoy taking the rest to work the next day.  And it’s even more blissful the second time around.

6. Doing things alone: What was it about college that made me want to be constantly surrounded by human beings like some kind of lioness pride?  As a post-grad, there is nothing that I enjoy more than going to a movie by myself, sneaking in Starbucks (spilling it all over my massive purse), and sitting in a cold, dark room while I watch Bradley Cooper on the big screen…. and there’s no one there to disturb me.

7. New York & Company: It’s true.  It’s not just moms and babysitters shopping there.  Professional young adults do, too! (They’ve got really cute stuff, people.)  And that’s what I am. Hear me roar.

8. Anything remotely zen: I’ve turned into the biggest hippie head out of college.  Or maybe I’m just a closet-bro because I want to be totally chill.  Either way, I love candles, cute Christmas lights,  and the calming flute Lifescapes music at Target and Trader Joe’s. Anything that makes me feel as calm as a cucumber is besties in my book.

9. My mother’s advice: If it’s one thing in I’ve learned in life by now, it’s this simple piece of advice: “Listen to your mother.”

10. Hot food: I’m done with all of that crunchy, cold, I-keep-this-in-a-bin food shiz.  I want hot, steamy food that I cooked for myself.

This post was derived from my author archives at CollegeCandy.com


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University of Saint Thomas graduate. Minnesota-bred and happy to talk about the weather any time you’d like! Strongly believes any situation can be bettered by a slice of generously buttered toast or Phil Dunphy. Would get arrested to touch Justin Timberlake’s face. Always trying to be a better person by not wishing horrible karma on people driving slow in the fast lane. Hear more: @twitter @instagram


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