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21 Harsh Truths You Learn Growing Up

As told by Kevin McCallister.

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1. Becoming an adult and leaving your childhood years in the past isn't easy.

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2. When that happens, life instantly becomes full of tough decisions.

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3. Sometimes you're faced with difficult choices that you'd rather not confront.

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4. And things don't always go the way you'd like them to.

5. Unfortunately, you'll also experience your fair share of close calls.

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6. Growing up is learning about being completely and utterly honest with yourself.

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7. And wanting what's genuinely best for others around you.

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8. Dealing with annoying jerks doesn't get any easier.

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9. Neither does tolerating people you can't stand.

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10. Figure out what you want out of life and put those desires out into the universe.

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11. Articulate yourself when you're unhappy — don't be too shy to speak your mind.

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12. Because when you do, you'll find that you might actually get what you want.

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13. Luxury or nothing.

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14. Despite some of the negative things that come with growing up, you also gain important wisdom.

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15. And learn how to set your priorities straight.

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16. Don't be surprised when life hands you a curveball from time to time.

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17. Everything costs money. Lots and lots of money.

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18. It's always helpful to figure out the best way to tune out unnecessary drama.

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19. Trust your gut feeling and instincts when it comes to other people you encounter.

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20. You have the freedom to make your own decisions, but with that freedom comes a heck of responsibility.

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21. Despite all of the adversity and hardship, you also learn to shrug off the insignificant issues and let things go more often.

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After all, it's the only way to survive.

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