Nobody ever really tells you what your 20’s will be like. When you’re younger, all you truly envision is the freedom and independence you’ll have once you finally cross that threshold into adulthood. But, once you’ve finally reached that stage in life, you realize that your 20’s are so much more than that.
It’s about the ride on an emotional roller coaster as you navigate your way through love, loss, and finding yourself/truly accepting who you’re becoming. Filled with its highs and lows, being in your 20’s is not always easy, but it’s worth the journey. Even at the young age of 23, I’ve learned so much in my 20’s so far that I never really thought I would have.
- Just when you think you know who you are, you begin to discover even more – You know that saying, “You learn something new every day.” Well, it’s true. Self discovery is one of the most amazing things about being in your 20’s and even when you think you’ve learned all there is to know about who you are, you’ll find that you never actually know enough. As you continue to change, the more you have to get to know.
- Friendships are no longer based on the length of time, but on the quality – When I was younger I always used to think that my best friends were my childhood friends – the ones had been in my life the longest. But now that I’m older, I realized just how much better some of my friendships have been with people who haven’t been in my life that long. People always scream quality over quantity, yet you never really realize how true that is until actually applies to your life.
- Travel as much as you can – See the world and let the world see you. Whether it’s a trip to a neighboring city for a weekend or an exotic destination out of the country for a week, take the trip. There’s so much out there in the world to do and see that you have yet to experience. So no more excuses, pack your bags and make the trip while you can!
- Take care of your mental health – If you need to call off from work or take a day away from those around you, do it. Don’t hesitate to put you and your mental health first. Also, don’t be afraid to talk to those around you about how you’re feeling. If there’s one major lesson to have been learned in my 20’s, it’s about how important mental health is. Yoga, healthy eating and putting time into my favorite hobbies are just a few things I’ve found to be essential in helping me take care of my mental health. Take the time to find out what’s best for you and remember that your mental health matters.
- Say goodbye to your metabolism and hello to lots of water and exercise – I thrived on fast food and to-go orders in high school and even a little bit of college. However, now if I eat a french fry it feels as though I gained 10 pounds. As you get older, the harder it is to maintain that fast metabolism you may have once had. So, remember to drink tons of water (at least a gallon a day) and make time to work out regularly each week (make sure to include some cardio routines!).
- Trust the process – There will be plenty of times where you feel like there’s no point or purpose to the things you’re going through. I can’t begin to explain how many times I’ve found myself asking, “Why me?” But, trust the process. Things may not seem like it now, but they will get better.
- Follow your dreams and your heart – If you want to be an actor, a writer, a singer, or a dancer, chase your dreams! You truly only get one opportunity to live your current life, make the most of it.
- Save, save, save and then save some more – save every $5 bill you receive, instantly set up for $20-$50 to be taken out of every paycheck and then deposited into a savings account or keep a jar to put all of your spare change. No matter what it is, make the effort to save. If it helps, set a goal. Save for a car, a new home, or even a trip. But whatever you do, make sure to take the time to save all that you can.
- There’s a lesson to be learned in every moment – As you continue to grow in your 20’s, you may find yourself making mistakes along the way. And as you go through life, you’ll find that every experience has a lesson hidden within it. So don’t fear your mistakes, embrace the opportunity to learn from it and even have the chance to pass that lesson on to someone else.
It’s all about the little things – It’s not always about the big picture, but the little things that make it up. In your 20’s, you really learn to appreciate all of the small moments that life has to offer and you even begin to learn the little things you can do for others. The impact they have is like no other.
What are some lessons you’ve learned in your 20’s? Or is there anything you would have done differently looking back? Let me know in the comments below!