1. Don’t force yourself to “come out of your shell” if you’re not ready.

2. Your brain doesn’t fully develop until you’re 25. But that can’t justify stupid decisions.

3. It’s okay to have one off day, one failed test, one bad experience. It’s okay if you have a few of those. In fact, you’re entitled to have a few of those. You’re entitled to make mistakes, and you shouldn’t hold it against yourself because it’s okay. It’s okay.

4. Don’t wait. Just do it. Take the initiative.

5. Take some time off from school. Don’t go straight to college. Explore. Get out there. Travel, work, or whatever. Just get away from the textbooks and the tests. Some of the most important things can only be learned outside a classroom.

6. Don’t worry. It will come. Whether “it” may be love, your first kiss, that job, moving out or whatever, it will come.

7. Just because you have something negative to say, doesn’t mean you have to say it negatively.

8. Some people like outdoor activities like running or whatever. And some people like indoor activities like watching an entire television series on Netflix in one sitting or whatever. It’s all good.

9. How to instantly feel better in the morning: Look in the mirror and say “Damn, my body is beautiful” and mean it because damn right it is.

10. Believe in yourself. Don’t doubt your ability to do something because you can do anything.

11. Every once in a while, close your eyes and just enjoy the moment.

12. Laugh every day. Even if you have to force yourself or fake it, just laugh. Every single day. Laugh, laugh, laugh. Life is so much better when you laugh.

13. Nothing truly ever stays the same. Change is inevitable. But what you can change is your attitude about it.

14. It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. You can be 26 and still not know. There’s nothing wrong with you.

15. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

16. If you’re different, then you’re doing something right.

17. Just remember, you can’t put toothpaste back in the tube as easy as you can squeeze it out.

18. Take responsibility of your actions. You can’t blame someone else for something you did or didn’t do. You ultimately decide what you do.

19. Don’t be so eager to “be an adult.” It’s not all that glamorous.

20. In reality, people are disposable. You are disposable. So don’t be afraid to quit if you hate your job or find new people to be around if you’re not happy.

21. Life is hard but it doesn’t have to be unbearable. You have people in your life to help you lessen your load, so let them. It’s okay to ask for help. And if you don’t have people in your life, get some. Life is too hard to spend it alone.

—  twenty-one things I learned before turning twenty-one

On 2 Nov. 1959, Charles Van Doren admitted that he had cheated on the game show Twenty One, where he had earned $129,000 (more than $1 million in today’s money) and had become a national celebrity.

In his statement, Van Doren said, “I asked (co-producer Albert Freedman) to let me go on (Twenty One) honestly, without receiving help. He said that was impossible. He told me that I would not have a chance to defeat Stempel because he was too knowledgeable. He also told me that the show was merely entertainment and that giving help to quiz contests was a common practice and merely a part of show business.”

Van Doren was dropped by NBC and resigned his teaching position at Columbia University.  He was an editor at The Encyclopædia Britannica until 1982.

Robert Redford’s film about the scandal, Quiz Show, was released in 1994.  Redford had asked for Van Doren’s participation in the film, but he declined.


I’m done. Some Tyler Joseph in adventure time style because why not? I tried drawing him in the clothes he used for the Tear in My Heart and House of Gold videos (which is where I got inspired from) I tried to turn this into a gif but I just couldn’t do it. Oh well. Hope you guys like. They’re transparent so feel free to use any of them. I might draw Josh one too. What do you guys think?

today I turned 21.

thankful to Jesus for every single day - for creating me, saving me, and loving me relentlessly, fiercely and unconditionally.

Bring on twenty one.

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