15 Things That Will Help Any Girl Fall in Love With Life
I am a single girl in my 20s, but I am constantly falling in love. I am falling in love with the sunset seen from my balcony, with a glass of Merlot, with the space I have in the bed when I stretch out in the morning, and with the ease of booking a plane ticket on a whim without asking anybody. I am falling in love, however slowly, with myself, too. It’s been a messy fall, with bruises and scars （“伤痕累累”）, but it’s also been beautiful in this breakdown （“崩溃”，指falling in love）.
I think there are a handful of （“一把”，生动）things every woman in her 20s needs in her arsenal （“武器库”）when falling in love with life — and a man is not one of them. Here’s my list:
1. A passport.
This is your invitation to see the world （没有更好的比喻了）. Go see those places instead of just reading articles or liking your friend’s picture of the Eiffel Tower on Instagram. Spend the money, take the vacation days, book the last-minute flight and make friends at the hostels. Do it while you’re still young, wild and free.
2. A beloved lipstick.
The perfect lip color will make your smile stand out even more when someone falls in love with it. Until then, make it stand out when you smile at strangers and smile at yourself. The right shade can complement you （“补充完整”，与compliment发音相同注意区别）more than you know (this is my personal favorite). So, add a little color to your happiness.
3. A go-to pair of shoes.
I’ve fallen in love at first sight （“一见钟情”）plenty of times. It usually happens in the shoe section of Macy’s, but it’s happened in other places, too. A great pair of heels will make you feel like you own the place and allow you to walk with a confidence you otherwise wouldn’t realize you had（“你本不会意识到你有”） (all while perfecting your outfit).
5. A dream.
As they say, if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough （经典引用）. So be afraid to dream big, but don’t be afraid to chase that fear. Run after those dreams with full force and know that you can conquer （“征服”，好词）them all on your own.
6. A pet.
I may be biased… but having a cat has really helped me as a single woman (all crazy cat lady jokes aside（不提，除外）). The same goes for （类比）my friends with dogs and other animals. Having the responsibility of taking care of a life teaches you a lot, and it’s always nice to feel loved unconditionally （“无条件被爱”）while having some animal company.
You should always have a safety net of cash to use when, and if, you need it. You should never want or need to rely on someone else later on. Be financially responsible for your own life.
8. A home.
Screw man-caves. Make sure your apartment/house/whatever is the perfect retreat（“休息寓所”,撤退引申义） from your daily life. Decorate it. Put love into it. Make it a home that brings you relief the moment you walk through the door. What you need is a personal oasis（“绿洲，舒适的地方”，生动无比）.
9. A circle of friends.
These are the people who will get you through all stages of your life. When your heart breaks, when your car breaks down, and when you break records. You need them as much as they need you. Everyone needs some solid company for the roller coaster of life （过山车比喻生活的大起大落，太形象了）.
10. A perfected dish.
Cooking for one isn’t always the best, but it at least allows for a lot of trial and error. Try every Pinterest recipe that speaks to you, until you perfect the one dish you can impress everyone with.
11. A career.
Make your LinkedIn profile “wow” anyone who lands on it. Build your resume. Create your elevator pitch. Work on becoming the rock star you’re meant to be, and climb the ladder towards the success you’re destined for （“你命里注定的成功”）.
12. An emergency kit. （应急包）
Always have easy access to these things, so you’re prepared for whatever life throws at you （拟人，生活丢给你的）: aspirin, tampons, condoms, Band-Aids, a bottle of wine, chocolate.
13. A desire for more.
A single woman should never settle. This applies to men, good wine, coffee, her salary, and anything else important to her. Fight for what you deserve, and always strive （”力争”） for more. The world is yours if you go after it.
14. An honest laugh.
A real laugh sings so much more sweetly than a fake one.
15. A favorite book.
Sure, we base a lot of what we expect love to be on fiction, but it never hurts to dream. All these books are somehow based on real things. Have a favorite book (or 10) that keeps your imagination alive （别让你的想象力死去）. Grow your mind, fill your heart, and use your time with literature that changes you (my personal favorite).
I may be single, but I’ve never been more in love.