“I’m Monica, blogger of Thundercup, 20 years young, and a full-bred Californian native that eats sunshine for breakfast. I spent a few years overseas attending international school in Taiwan, but now back in the twilight zone known as Los Angeles. In my little humble abode at Sickest Addictions, I will be letting you know WHAT’S UP about anything, and everything.”
14 things You Should Know Before You Turn 21.
To say that the past three years of my life have been life changing is an understatement. Things weren’t working out at home, and one night shortly after I turned 17, I slipped out in the middle of the night and have been living on my own since then. Fast forward to today, I have worked with the most amazing people (also an understatement) in the street wear and music industry, bought my own car, have my own place, pay my own bills, and basically do what I love doing. A lot of people, both older and younger, ask me, “How do you do it?” Don’t get me wrong, I am nowhere near reaching all of my goals yet, but you asked, so I answered. With that being said, I am turning 21 next month and I decided that I should share some things with you that I have learned through laughs, tears, pain, and joy: 14 things you should know before you turn 21.
14. School is not for everyone.
I know a lot of people will find this controversial and, yes, I understand most people think school is “the way.” I am a college student myself, but I wholeheartedly believe that school isn’t for everyone. If you have the heart and the drive to make your dreams come true and you are pursuing something that doesn’t require a degree, don’t slow yourself down just because it is the traditional way to go.
13. Start what you finish.
One of my pet peeves is when people “dip their feet in the water” – meaning they start something and then just let everything fall through the cracks, leaving it unfinished. If you’re going to do something, do it well and finish it all the way. Dedication can take you a long way and open up endless opportunities!
12. Use a condom, go to Planned Parenthood – do what you gotta do.
Self-explanatory. You can’t be having kids when you’re clearly still a kid, then end up looking like siblings when you’re out in public with them. Dumb ass.
11. Speak up!
If you need something, ask for it. If you have an idea, put it to use. Otherwise, no one will ever know.
10. Be mindful of your health.
This seems pretty simple but a lot of people forget to take care of themselves. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to do your best, and you risk having to stay home being sick. This also includes not fucking around with the entire team…herpes is not a good look.
9. Surround yourself with good people.
Turn your radar on, don’t get used by people and don’t surround yourself with people who do less than support you. I have witnessed way too many good people with potential get torn down by the people they hang out with.
8. Play hard but work harder.
FYI, for all you super ragers, there will always be times to play. ALWAYS! From the beginning of time when Adam and Eve were having a fig leaf underwear frolic-fest to present day blacked out nights at Greystone, the parties will always be there. If you miss a night out, there will be another one the week after. However, windows of opportunity don’t stay open forever, so I suggest you take it while you can.
7. Keep an open mind about who you interact with.
Literally, you never know who you’re talking to. Allow connections to be made at all times, someone can really help you out in the future if not now, and vice versa.
6. Don’t be a groupie/useless entourage.
I’m serious. That shit is annoying. It doesn’t help any of us, and unless you’re successfully fucking your way up the corporate ladder (which I do not condone whatsoever), I suggest you find a different “profession.”
5. Get a Twitter if you don’t already have one.
Twitter has opened up so many opportunities for me and its more direct and to-the-point than Facebook is. DO IT! I’m also going to shamelessly self-promote and suggest you follow @sickaddicts & @thuuundercup.
4. Take risks.
You HAVE to take risks. Believe in what you do and go for it. There are too many people filling up the world with sorrow about what they could have done. Don’t be a “could-have.”
3. Stay away from hoes.
Dead serious; this goes for both guys and girls. If you’re a girl and you hang out with hoes, chances are, you are one too or you will develop hoe tendencies. Neither is a good look. If you’re a guy, hanging out with hoes will make you lose faith in the female population.
2. Have confidence.
Believe in yourself! Really, it’s quite sad when I feel like I believe in someone more than they believe in themselves. If you start off on one foot thinking that you won’t be able to make it, you need to step back and start over, THANKS.
1. Do what you love…
…and love what you do. There are too many people in the world working jobs and doing things that they don’t like, just to get by. Find what your hobbies and talents are and find a way to make money off of it.. It is definitely worth it to fail at launching 99 times before finally landing on the moon.