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10 Things Young People Can Do That Old People Wish They Could

10 Things Young People Can Do That Old People Wish They Could

It’s been said that age is nothing but a number. However, anyone over a certain age who has tried to rock a pair of ripped denim shorts or show up with their girl squad at a Taylor Swift concert has probably learned why that’s not always true.

The older generation has become fascinated with the trends that today’s younger crowd is wrapped up in. In fact, trends are actually growing from the bottom up as far as age is concerned. Today’s biggest stars, artists and influencers are getting younger and younger by the minute. Any adult will tell you that they’re feeling a little envious of the freedom and unapologetic attitude today’s young movers and shakers seem to enjoy. Need proof?

Let’s look at the 10 things young people can do that older people wish they could.

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1. Become the Next American Idol

A timeless voice doesn’t translate to an ageless voice when it comes to America’s top talent show. It turns out celebrity judges aren’t concerned with hearing from talented people who have been on the planet for more than a quarter of a century. You must be under the age of 24 if you want to audition in front of the judges to become a superstar on “American Idol.”

2. Become Miss America

Your pageant dreams are about to get dashed if you’re older than 24. It turns out that ladies must be between the ages of 17 and 24 in order to qualify to take to the stage in pursuit of the crown.

3. Join the Armed Forces

Older adults don’t have a lot of options to serve if they are struck with a sense of patriotism later in life. The maximum age for Army recruits is 35. The Navy won’t consider anyone over the age of 34. Of course, older adults are really out of luck if they dream of being in the Marines. The elite division caps the recruitment age at a mere 28.

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4. Learn Technology

When it comes to learning how to use the latest gadgets and apps, study after study has shown that people under 30 are as fast as lightning when compared to older adults. This can be frustrating for older adults who struggle with understanding how to update a Facebook post or upload a photo to Instagram. Growing up with technology at their fingertips since birth has given today’s young adults an edge when it comes to keeping up with technology at home and in the workplace.

5. Rock a Chained Swimsuit Harness

Leave it to one of the Jenner sisters to prove that style definitely comes with some age restrictions. Kylie Jenner recently channeled vintage Princess Leia by rocking a chained swimsuit harness at the beach. Of course, girls everywhere were rushing to get their hands on one of their own. Sensible fashionistas over the legal drinking age could only roll their eyes at this impractical look. This is one popular beach trend that anyone over the age of 21 will have a hard time pulling off without feeling a tiny bit foolish.

6. Define the Art Scene

Pablo Picasso was just 13 when he entered the Barcelona’s School of Fine Arts and started churning out some of the most iconic paintings in all of history. If you haven’t picked up a paintbrush by the time you’ve reached the voting age, there’s a good chance you might never become the darling of the art scene. Many of today’s biggest art exhibitions actually close off entry to artists over the age of 30. For example, A British publication hosted an exhibition that invited 40 young artists between the ages of 18 and 30 to create and show works that demonstrated the response of today’s youth to the idea that multiculturalism is dead. Anyone older just wasn’t allowed to participate.

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7. Engage in Texting Drama

Staying up all night in bed shooting off texts to friends or a sweetheart is something that all young people do these days. In fact, the drama doesn’t even begin to heat up until it’s time to turn on Jimmy Fallon. Of course, staying up late just to spit out argument-laden texts all night is something that older people simply don’t have the luxury of doing. Responsibilities like getting the kids to school, getting to morning meetings or catching a train make it essential to put the texting drama to bed when it’s time to actually go to bed.

8. Date College Students

Once you’re out of your 20s, dating someone who is still in college will turn some heads. While there is certainly nothing illegal or immoral about dating a student once you’ve entered your third decade on the planet, it will draw a lot of opinions from friends and family. If you want to avoid drama, the basic rule is to avoid dating someone if you are technically old enough to be their parent.

9. Use Dating Apps for Free

Maturity comes with a price tag in the world of dating apps. Many popular apps actually charge a higher fee to users over a certain age. For instance Tinder charges a monthly fee of $19.99 if you’re over the age of 30. That’s nearly double the cost charged to younger users.

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10. Be an MTV Reality Star

“The Real World” became a television show that defined a generation after it debuted in 1992. While the cast members of each season deal with some very mature subject matter in the house, none of them are actually that mature in age. You must be under the age of 25 to send in an audition tape for the show.

Featured photo credit: The U.S. Army via flickr.com

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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