By Masaba Gupta

Th­ese are the print-happy de­signer’s rules on how to live life, long after you’ve blown out the 18 can­dles on that cake...

Cosmopolitan (India) - - UPFRONT -

Rule 1: Learn to take your own de­ci­sions. “Call­ing your par­ents for ev­ery lit­tle thing isn’t such a good idea—be­ing able to think on your own is a big part of grow­ing up. Sure, it’s okay to ask for ad­vice on big life de­ci­sions, but your par­ents shouldn’t be your only source. You can—and should—turn to your friends and col­leagues. De­vel­op­ing a cir­cle of peo­ple whose ad­vice you trust beyond just your par­ents’ is key to feel­ing like an in­de­pen­dent adult.” Rule 2: Cut the fi­nan­cial cord. “Stop rou­tinely tak­ing money from your par­ents. A loan when your car ex­plodes is one thing; it’s another if your life costs more than you earn and your fam makes up the dif­fer­ence. In that case, the so­lu­tion isn’t their money—it’s get­ting your fi­nances in or­der.” Rule 3: Don’t say ‘yes’, if you mean ‘no’. “This is re­ally im­por­tant. Be­ing grown up means hav­ing the sense to take a stand and not al­ways do stuff to make oth­ers happy.” Rule 4: Un­der­stand that per­fec­tion takes time. Don’t give up eas­ily. “Ex­pect­ing per­fec­tion the first time you do some­thing is not only child­ish, it’s also be­ing un­fair to your­self. Don’t get dis­cour­aged and don’t give up.” Rule 5: Re­mem­ber that things will fall apart at times. “Be­ing grown up is about re­al­is­ing that there are good and bad days! Don’t crum­ble un­der pres­sure and be­lieve in your­self.”

#Bal­loonLoveFor­ever #Don’tWan­naGrowup

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