10 Big Things I’ve Learned so far in My Twenties

5 things I've learned in my 20s

The older I get the wiser I like to think I’ve become. Even though I am still in my twenties I feel like I have learned a lot along the way. So here’s list of 10 big things I’ve learned so far in my twenties:

1. Don’t get comfortable!

These are your 20s for crying out loud! This is your time to go travel, experience different jobs, go to school, meet new people, and try new activities. I’m even mad at myself for just figuring this out half way through my twenties. Once ( or if ) you have kids, buy a house, and are working full time, your free time isn’t always spent on YOU anymore. Enjoy your youth, and don’t get stuck in a routine or a job you’re not 100% happy with when there’s so much more out there that you have yet to experience; save it for when you’re ready to settle down!

2. Who your true friends are

I think that this is something everyone learns throughout the years following high school. The people you were once surrounded by every day slowly start dropping out of your life. The truth is relationships take work, and everyone’s lives become much busier the older you get. It sad to see certain people go that you thought you’d be friends with forever, but on the other hand it really makes you appreciate the people who constantly make the effort to stay in your life.

3. Some people are users

This one is sometimes a hard pill to swallow, but an important one. There are a lot of people out there who really don’t care about you at all and they’re only out for themselves. They only pop up when they need something from you, and all you are to them is a small piece of their puzzle. I find the older that I get the easier I can spot these people. Surrounding yourself with positive people who want the best for you is the healthiest thing you can do.

4. No one really has a clue what they’re doing

Oh adulthood. With the blink of an eye you’re all of a sudden grown up, and now have responsibilities. No one really prepares you for what life has in store, and you soon realize that everyone just figures things out as they go. The term fake it until you make it is really starting to resonate.

5. Don’t sell yourself short

This is something that I’m still struggling with, and I’m sure a lot of others do as well. After graduating college I always felt that because I was a new grad I was on a lower level than everyone else in the professional world. After working a few jobs in my field I slowly started to realize that I knew a lot more than I ever gave myself credit for. Be more confident in yourself, your knowledge, your skills, and refer back to number 4.

6. Nobody’s opinion matters

To not care what anyone thinks is easier said than done, but once you get to that place you’ll feel a sense of freedom. I think this is something that comes with age, but at the end of the day if you’re happy with what you’re doing then who is anyone to tell you otherwise? When you put yourself out there you are exposed to much more judgment, but when you’re family and friends support you then everyone else’s opinion means nothing. Haters gunna hate.

7. Your health should be a priority

Health is one of those things that you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. It’s so important to take care of yourself both mentally and physically. Everyone goes through ruts or unhealthy moments, but living an overall healthy lifestyle should definitely be a major priority.

8. You’ll never regret a workout

Working out is definitely not my favourite thing, but I still do it to stay active. On days where I’m really not feeling it but I make myself go to the gym, I always feel way better and more accomplished when I leave.

9. Social Media is a blessing and a curse

Social media is an amazing tool that connects us all. It’s awesome for sharing information and connecting with friends, and others who are inspired by the same things your are. On the downside it can really make you compare yourself to others and make you question your own path in life.

10. Kindness always wins

I find that more now than ever the world has become so jaded. It’s like people are becoming more and more impatient, and lacking compassion. It’s sad that I’m genuinely shocked when somebody goes out of their way to do something nice, but every time it happens it really makes you feel so good inside. Having a kind and generous heart will make you feel good, and also have a strong, positive impact on others.

 

10 big things I've learned in my twenties

Erin

May 6, 2017

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