Whether you call it “emerging adulthood” or nothing at all, your 20s are a time of growth and development. Yet, with all that’s being said about Generation Y, one thing is clear – the 20-somethings of today are vastly different from those of earlier generations. As a fellow 20-something who is quickly pushing 30, here are some things that I think my fellow millennials need to accept.
1. You’re Not Old
It’s easy to feel old when you wake up earlier on weekends and most pop stars are younger than you. But the truth is, you’re not old. Age is just a number, and the most important thing is to keep an open mind and maintain a youthful outlook on life.
2. You Need To Budget
Budgeting may seem tedious, but it’s essential for building a strong financial foundation for your future. Take the time to set goals, track your spending, and save for a rainy day. Not only will you be able to enjoy life more without constantly worrying about your finances, but you’ll also be setting yourself up for greater financial stability in the years to come.
3. Your Real Life Does Start Now
Your 20s are an ideal time to explore what you really want from life and invest in your career. However, building a strong foundation for your future doesn’t mean sacrificing having fun. Embrace the opportunities that come your way, including travel, socializing, and simply enjoying life.
4. You Will Not Always Be Comfortable
Life is full of ups and downs, and you will face your fair share of challenges. You may lose your job, face financial difficulties, or experience personal loss. Remember that it’s okay to ask for help and never be afraid to swallow your pride and ask for support when you need it most.
5. You Know It Can Always Be Worse
When things get tough, remember that no matter how bad it seems, it can always be worse. Maintaining a positive outlook on life and embracing both the good and bad experiences will help you navigate any challenges come your way.
6. You Must Take Risks
Taking risks may seem daunting, but it’s a necessary part of growth and development. Whether it’s starting a new business, taking on a new project at work, or simply trying something new, taking risks can help you grow both personally and professionally.
7. You Will Change and So Will Other People
Change is inevitable, and everyone changes. Accept that people may come in and out of your life for a reason and embrace the lessons you learn from each experience.
8. You Don’t Have to Buy It
Debt is not fun and can affect all aspects of your life. Be responsible with your money and only buy what you can afford. Avoid unnecessary expenses and prioritize investments that will positively impact your future.
9. You Live For You
Everyone is living their own lives at their own pace, and there is no need to compare yourself to others. Focus on your goals, work hard, and enjoy the journey. With hard work, dedication, and time, you will achieve your dreams.
10. You Will Fail
Failure is an inevitable part of life, and it may leave you feeling discouraged. However, failure can also be a powerful motivator and a learning opportunity. Don’t let failure defeat you, instead use it as a tool to help achieve your goals and succeed in life.
11. You Must Eat Well
The habits you develop in your 20s will impact your health for years to come. Implement healthy eating habits now to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the future.
12. You Must Sleep
Getting a full night’s sleep is essential for productivity and improving your overall health and well-being. Don’t be afraid to go to bed early and wake up early – your body will thank you for it.
13. You And Your Friends Will Have Less Time For Each Other
As everyone starts to build their own lives, you may find that you and your friends have less time for each other. While it’s important to maintain these friendships, remember that times change and people move on.
14. You Need New Benchmarks
The old benchmarks of adulthood (finish school, leave home, get a job, get a spouse and start a family) no longer hold the same weight. Embrace the new milestones that are relevant to your life and know that everyone’s journey is unique.
15. Your Family Does Matter
Family, whether blood-related or chosen, can offer support, encouragement, and unconditional love throughout life. Investing in these relationships can lead to greater happiness and fulfillment.
16. You Need Love
Love can be scary, but it’s one of the most powerful experiences that life can offer. Take a chance on love, and even if things don’t work out, embrace the growth and learning opportunities. Remember that love is not guaranteed, but trying is always worth it.
17. You Must Read Every Once In A While
Reading can help broaden your mind and improve your vocabulary. Embrace the opportunity to escape into a book and gain insight into the minds of others.
The 20s are a time of growth and development, and there are many important things to keep in mind as you embark on this exciting journey. Above all, remember to enjoy the journey and embrace all the experiences that life has to offer.