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12 Things You Never Thought You'd Give Up

After a while, there are some things you just need to upgrade. How many of these did you give up?

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1. Dialup internet for high-speed internet.

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Dial-up internet was like a long, drawn-out bad joke. But now the joke is over. It's gone forever, and nobody misses it. And nobody even laughed. RIP.

2. Pagers for cell phones.

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If you ever went out without your pager, you felt naked. How would anyone ever get ahold of you? Cell phones, that's how.

3. Video games for real life.

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Video games are awesome. They're amazing. But at some point, you realized you had to put down the controller and go outside and experience LIFE!

(And then go back inside and play some video games — just...a little less.)

4. Hopes and dreams for money

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Sure, dreaming of becoming an actor or a late night talk show host is great, but then reality hits...and you give it up for a real job that pays actual money.

5. Stick shift for an automatic transmission.

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When you learned to drive stick, it was a huge accomplishment. But it got old pretty fast. Especially in traffic. Every single day.

6. Meat for meatless Mondays.

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Sometimes in life, you have to make sacrifices. Delicious, delicious sacrifices.

But then you realize that those sacrifices are good for you, and not so bad after all.

7. Skateboard for a car.

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You always said you'd never grow up.

But then you did.

And then you bought a car.

8. Your old T-shirts for an adult wardrobe.

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Upgrading your wardrobe can be tough. Nothing fits the way your old favorites do. But then something magical happens: You fall in love with your new clothes!

9. Ten disgusting shots for one cocktail when you go out with friends.

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When you were younger you could drink to your heart's content. But then suddenly you weren't so young anymore.

10. Your allowance for a real job.

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Know what's cooler than getting an allowance? Having a job and getting PAID.

11. A wad of cash for a bank account.

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Having all that cash in a shoe box under your bed made you feel rich. Getting a bank account felt like a hassle, and one big hurdle between you and your hard-earned money. But in the end, you needed to do it.

12. Sodas with artificial flavors and colors for soda that's naturally sweetened.

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You never thought you'd give up your old favorites, loaded with artificial sweeteners and caramel color, because you never knew you had a choice.

Behold, soda drinkers! Zevia is the zero calorie soda that is naturally sweetened, clear in color, and is Non-GMO Project Verified. So relax. You can still enjoy a sweet bubbly soda without the guilt.