Life in your 20’s is a rollercoaster ride full of excitment, relationships, learning, not having an idea what you’re doing. Oh yes and sex ofcourse.
Here are 20 things you should be telling you 20 year old self:
Make your own damn dinner
For those still living at home I am sure you can relate. There is no stress or worry about buying food to cook, or constantly thinking while you’re in your morning meeting at work, “wth am I going to eat for dinner”. Some of us simply just come home to mommas cooking. The good life eh? But in fact, cooking for yourself sometimes can teach you how to be more independent and essentially be a better cook. That way, by the time you are eventually ready to move out on your own, you won’t burn the house down trying to make simple beans on toast.
2. Experience the world
Life is meant to be experienced NOW, not when it is time to retire. By that time, you may not even have the energy you do now to do all the things you would love to do and go to the places you would love to go. Life is about experiencing and a part of that is travelling. Anytime you get the chance never be afraid to experience different places around the world and make amazing memories that will last you a lifetime.
Don’t be that grumpy 20-year-old walking down the road with permanent lines on their face because they always look like they are in a bad mood. Smile! Even though sometimes it may difficult, especially when you are not having the best day, but find something small to turn that frown upside down – that alone will help put you in a better mood.
4. Use protection
Girls and guys, I know some of us may get a bit excited from time to time. Enjoy your life! But a condom will always be your best friend hahaha.
5. Be willing to do what others won’t, so you can be what others can’t
Always be wiling to come out of your comfort zone and do what 99% of the world are not doing, so you can be a part of that 1%.
6. It’s okay if you’re different
If you are different, you should be shouting from the rooftops with excitement, not pretending to be someone you are not just to fit in. Embrace it! There will be times when many people, even close people around you may not look at things the way you do, but that is okay.
7. Make a scrap book
Nowadays, everything is technology focused. Young people now take pictures and videos as each days of their lives goes by; however technology isn’t permanent. Print out those pictures and make a scrap book for each chapter, year, important memory in your life so that you will always have them to look back and even show your kids in the future. Never rely on your technological devices too much, because if you phone was to suddenly stop working for instance all your pictures could be permanently wiped off too.
8. Save your coins
This is so important! LEARN TO SAVE! Us 20-year olds find pleasure in squandering our money the day after pay day and wonder why we are so broke a week after we got paid. Make sure that you always pay yourself first before you do anything.
9. Don’t compare
The only competition you should be in is with yourself. I understand that now, social media and other things around us may make it a bit easier for us to constantly compare ourselves to the next person – however, remember that you are YOU, and no one else could ever be you.
10. Don’t make people put you off YOUR dreams
We may have so many dreams and goals and know exactly what we want to do or where we want to be in our lives. But, never make someone’s own insecurity and fears put you off making that commitment to make your dreams into a reality. Sometimes it takes not talking too much, but simply putting things into action so that people can see that you are serious.
11.Work is not your everything
Never believe your parents when they say this to you. Never make work your #1 priority because the most important things in your life will be missed because you feel you constantly need to dedicate every ounce of energy to your job.
12. Don’t rush into relationships
If you haven’t found your life partner already, take your time to find the person you know you want to spend the rest of your life with. Go on dates, speak and get to know other people – before making a decision to jump right into a serious relationship. Know that with relationships come commitment, it is not a game. So, don’t rush, but instead take your time.
13. Say “I love you” often
The words “I love you”, will always put a smile on my face. Whether you are in a relationship, have a group of best friends, close family, or even a family of your own – always make it a habit to tell them “I love you”. Life is all about showing your nearest and dearest how much they mean to you while they are still here.
In the mirror, at a club, in your car, wherever you feel like, always make sure you dance.
15. Its okay if you don’t go to university
Never make pressures of society and everything else make you go to university. Go on your own accord. If you feel in your heart that it is not for you, that is okay.
16. Do what you love
If you are doing something that makes you jump out of bed each morning with a massive smile on your face and gives you that tingly feeling inside, don’t stop. Always do what you love, not what someone else loves for that matter.
17. If you want to say no, SAY NO!
This has always been my biggest problem. Someone may ask me for something or to do something for them and in my head, I want to say no but the words coming out of my mouth always seem to say yes. WHY? Don’t be afraid to say no, be true to you.
18. Don’t reply back to a message a week after
HOW RUDE?! But I guess we’ve all had one instance where we have taken so long to reply back to a message. Sometimes we just cannot be asked! But never leave it too long.
19. Make your money work for you
That’s it! Take time to understand the different ways and opportunities that are out there so you can invest your money and start making your money work for you. Understand that if you want a life where you are financially independent, a regular 9-5 job will never do this for you alone.
20. Always work on being the best version of yourself
Even though your 20’s are for experiencing, having fun and enjoying yourself, never stir away from the fact that your 20’s is also about growing, learning and being the best version of yourself. Read different personal development books in your spare time, listen to motivational audio and make it a priority to always analyse certain situations so that you know how to be better the next time round.