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I’m hoping to cross a few things off my bucket list this summer. Here’s what I have so far:

  1. Graduate High School
  2. Graduate College
  3. Dance like in an old black and white film
  4. Take a hot air balloon ride
  5. Go to a ball. Better yet, a masquerade
  6. Make sushi
  7. Skydive
  8. Swim in a waterfall
  9. Read as many books as possible (a hard one to quantify)
  10. Be in a college marching band
  11. Order a coffee in France in French
  12. Ditch school
  13. Make a mistake. Then, move on
  14. Color my hair
  15. Try something you’ve wanted to do but never have
  16. Star gaze. Then watch the sunrise. Preferably with wonderful people
  17. Run a half marathon (I’m a realist…a full one is a stretch)
  18. Have the kind of night you should regret but don’t
  19. Go camping
  20. Cook a dinner appetizer to dessert
  21. Learn guitar or piano (or just be able to play one song)
  22. Have a Guinness in Ireland
  23. Get a tattoo
  24. Fall in love
  25. Take a multi-state road trip with friends
  26. Win a contest
  27. Attend an awards show
  28. Work at a coffee shop
  29. Go to a Cubs game
  30. Go to the top of The Sears Tower (I refuse to call it the Willis Tower)
  31. Get lost in a museum, preferably the Louvre
  32. Fly first class
  33. Explore Italy
  34. Have a NYE kiss
  35. Attend the taping of a talk show (Ellen or Late Night = top picks)
  36. Shop with a personal shopper
  37. Go on a sailboat

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Remember when you were so excited that you were finally going to be 10? In the weeks leading up to my birthday, my sister called me a double-digit-midget. I didn’t mind the nickname because it still implied that I would finally have a decade of life under my belt. I wasn’t going to complain about earning that title. Turning 10 was hardly revolutionary but then again, everything seems more exciting when you have a youthful lens on life. It was three long years from here until another milestone came (unless it was your golden birthday in-between) and the promise of becoming a teenager brought new hopes and dreams. Then permits, drivers licenses, and lastly, being an adult! Don’t wish it by! They whispered, but no one ever really listens.

Currently, my roommates and I are dealing with real people adulthood life issues. What do you do when your apartment floods? Subsequently, what do you do when it seems (in my opinion) no one is willing to help you? I was fortunate to grow up with many privileges that I know some are not as fortunate to have. When I would go shopping at a store with my friends, I was upset when I was not treated with the same level of service as my adult counter parts. I didn’t (and still don’t) understand why my dollar was valued less than a dollar in the hands of a 40 year old. I feel this same sense of frustration now. Despite my signature being on the lease of my apartment, along with my four friends, I feel as though I am not being treated with respect and basic common courtesy. I’ve been told, “It’s the reality of the situation” and “That’s just the way things are.” I’m struggling to understand why things have to be that way though.

So before this gets into full on rant territory, let me leave you with a few things I have learned:

1. Enjoy the now. If you still live at home, thank your parents/guardians/the wolves that raised you

2. Do your research. Especially when apartment hunting, make sure you read up on your landlord, the building, issues people have had in the past. Ask around. Make sure you do a walk through of the unit you will specifically be signing for. Ask if there has been, say for example, water damage in the past. Be thorough.

3. Be polite, even when others are not. This is coming from someone with a short temper so I understand how hard this one can be. Do your best to be as polite and sincere as possible, without the sarcasm, no matter how snarky you may feel.

4. Go with your gut. Stick up for what you believe is right and find friends to help you along the way.

I couldn't have said it any better myself, Jack

I couldn’t have said it any better myself, Jack

TGIF friends, I’ll keep you posted.