Anyone who has the nerve to call your twenties ‘the waiting room of life’ must have never been there. This decade is the most awesome and exciting yet, but at the same time it can be immensely stressful too (thank you crap economy/ex-boyfriend). Since there’s a million reasons to be insecure about, well… everything, we provide you with some clear guidance to take in for the best shot at success and happiness.
1. Learn to know yourself
The time has come to try (we know it’s hard) understanding yourself. You should know what upsets you and what makes you happy, because self-knowledge will help you understand why you do what you do. Write down what is the thing that would motivate you in times of greatest failure. They might sound a little frightening, but find the answers to these questions: What is your fear? Who loves you? What do you want to achieve?
2. Go see the world
Exploring will teach you a lot about different cultures, people and their thoughts. You are mature enough to go on your own and immature enough to learn from others, so use this time while you have it. Plus, you don’t have family obligations. Go travelling (especially low key) and learn how to survive independently in a new place. Remember, when you feel far away from home: we learn through struggling!
3. Start taking care of your body
Ma’am, please step away from the computer. This whole technical revolution is nice and all, but being tied to our iPhones and laptops 24/7 isn’t going to make us stronger (more like mini Quasimodo’s). You’re at your athletic peak, so make use of it! The key is to exercise regularly, be aware of what you eat and when you do it. Your body will thank you for it later.
4. Learn from your mistakes
You’re going to be facing a lot of rejection when you go out hunting for a job. You’re going to be making a lot of foolish mistakes. That’s when you’ll have to say to yourself: ‘I made a mistake, I learned from it and I will move on now.’ Mistakes are a great education and probably the quickest way we have to finally getting things right.
5. Don’t stress too much about money…
It will come. So what should you focus on instead? Finding what you like to do and getting good at it. Without many responsibilities (did we mention you’re young and free?) you’re allowed to take risks.
6. Okay, maybe a little.
Since you’re now trying to be independent and mature, you need to start thinking about sensible financial planning. Start saving money by setting aside three to six months living expenses in case of emergency. You’ll manage.
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