What I Learned From Re-watching The Hills in my 20s

Ten years ago, The Hills was everything. I used to envy Lauren’s fashionable and fun life in L.A. It all seemed so perfect.

I was young and naïve at the time. The Hills was popular when I was starting my teen years. At 14 and 15 years old, I never really understood what was happening in their lives, and to be honest, I couldn’t really relate. At the time girls my age envied the show and dreamt of having a trendy and cool life in L.A. like Lauren, Whitney, and Audrina (no one envied Heidi let’s be honest).

Now, I am roughly the same age as Lauren and the girls were when they were filming the show. So, after The Hills 10 year anniversary special aired, I decided to rewatch The Hills from the beginning and see if watching it again would change the way I understood the show. What I never realized before is no matter how much money and fame you have, everyone in their 20s has the same drama, and goes through the same things.

Thank you, LC for teaching me so much that I never realized.

Starting at the bottom is important.

It’s where you learn the most, and will make you better at your job in the long run.



It’s okay not to have everything figured out in your 20s, and it’s okay to not know what the f**k you’re doing.

Look at Lauren Conrad now, everything certainly worked out okay for her.


That being said, hard work pays off.

I.e. Lauren went to class and worked hard. Heidi did not. Fast forward to 2016 and see where Lauren vs. Heidi are in their careers.


Drunk fighting really is the worst, and it makes you look ridiculous.

Even though everything obviously makes sense when you’re three tequilas deep, news flash: you’re wrong.


Not all friends are good friends.

You don’t stay friends for life with everyone. It happens and there’s nothing you can do.(Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images)


Flip phones are the shit, and over processed blonde streaks are not.

And neither are over plucked eyebrows or jeans rolled to your knees as jorts/capris.


“Always dress nicer than you think you should.”

-Lauren Conrad


Don’t ever let a boy affect your career.











New Years is overrated.

I’ve definitely already learned this the hard way, but it’s nice to know it’s not just me.


Don’t f**k with your face.

Heidi looked 100 times better before she got plastic surgery and mutilated her entire face and body.



Girls are the absolute worst.

We seriously suck.


Your friends are usually right about the guys you date.

They are third party observers with no biases (aka it makes them good at catching bullshit).


Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.



Don’t ever compare your success to other people’s.

You are your own person and your success is not measured by someone else’s.


We still haven’t found a cure for those 20-something hangovers, and we need to.

Listening to Lauren and Audrina catch up on the night before while complaining about how hungover they are is something I seriously relate to on a very deep, emotional level.

But I guess The Hills didn’t really teach me that… vodka did.




“Truth and time tells all.”

Thanks, Justin Bobby. Very wise.


Did I mention girls are shady?

Even your friends. The female species has not evolved in the past 10 years. And girls are usually extra shady when it comes to the boys you’re into because that’s the way they roll.


In conclusion, being in your 20s has not gotten any easier, or any less dramatic or stressful.




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