1. You can leave parties earlier.
Maybe it's because you've got a boyfriend, husband, cat, dog, or baby at home. Or maybe it's because you're all "I'M OLD! SEE YA!" Either way, it's liberating to ditch the dude droning on and on about his new calorie counting app to get home to your best friend, the couch, and your other best friend, the remote control.
2. You get to decide who to spend time with.
Listen, you've only got a limited amount of time on this planet and are you really going to spend it with people you "sorta-kinda-maybe" like? Is that what you want written in your tombstone? No! Ditch the friend fat and hang out with only people you like. Well, and your mom. Because she's your mom. But when you get even older, she should watch her back because you won't be above cutting off crazy-ass family soon enough.
3. Being judged becomes less and less of an issue.
You don't give a rat's ass what people think about you because you're FAAAAAABULOUS.
4. You've made major life changes before so now they're not so monumental.
You can leave relationships and jobs, and you can handle any curve balls life lobs your way. That doesn't mean it's not tough, but it does mean that it won't totally destroy you like the first few times.
5. You can give advice without sounding smirky.
Dude, you have REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE. When you tell your 22-year-old sister that that dude is not calling her back, it is because you KNOW IT TO BE TRUE. She might not be ready for the truth, but give her time. And maybe a shoulder to cry on. You don't even need to say "I told you so," that's how damn mature you are. (Of course you will smirk later, in the privacy of your own home, but that is mature and appropriate. Nice!)
6. You own your weirdness.
Whether you're a Doctor Who-obsessed nerd burger, someone who collects tiny pig figurines, or a stone cold weirdo who sincerely digs the musical stylings of Justin Bieber, you no longer hide your love/secret shame away from the world. In fact, you embrace it. Get it, girl. (Unless your thing is Bieber, and then maybe NOPE NOPE NOPE.)
7. You stop getting into Facebook fights.
You don't have to tell off that jackass from high school who doesn't think that women should have the right to vote. You can calmly defriend him, close your laptop, and rejoin the real world. Feels good.
8. You no longer have to go to nightclubs.
9. You have a washer or a dryer.
Like, IN YOUR HOUSE. This is not true for everyone, but man oh man is it great. You'd rather sit there all day watching that shit get cleaned. CLEANED!
10. You have a real bed.
Buh-bye shitty, lumpy mattress you've had since you were 12! You have money to buy a fancy new one! From Pottery Barn!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor changes have been implemented by Cosmo.ph editors.