Your 20s are your years to be selfish. It's a decade that allows you to run the world. Here are 9 things I am learning to take advantage of.
1. Go After Your Dream Job
Don't take a job, just to take a job. Take a job because it is a stepping stone to get you to where you want to be. I have seen countless friends complacent at work but no one going after what they said they want in life. Maybe my savings account isn't where theirs is, but I would rather love where I live and strive and struggle for who I want to become.
2. Make Time For Your Best Friends
Graduating college was one of the most terrifying life accomplishments I had to face. College was the first place I finally felt comfortable in my own skin, learned how to live away from home, and made best friends that helped mold me into the person I am today. No matter how far of a drive (even with a suspended license), money, or time it may take to get to them, I never turn down a weekend with them. They will be the ones that stick by your side and keep you grounded as you grow into different directions in your careers. They were the one who knew you, before you even knew who you were! And don't forget, they are the ones that have the blackmail photos of you from college, so you might want them on your good side!
3. Travel A Lot and Travel Alone
Find the courage to travel and even travel alone. There is nothing more exciting then meeting new people and finding a new place you never expected to find. Over time you will get more in touch with yourself, discovering who you are and what you want out of life. Pack your suitcase, get on a plane, don't worry about the money- it'll come eventually (I'm hoping).
4. Love Yourself and Allow Someone to Love You
Love is the best and worst thing I have ever experienced in my life. I'v learned you need to love yourself before anyone can really love you. Love helps you discover what you need and want in a person. A relationship will only last if 2 people grow alongside each other as you live your own lives. It can be a battle but it will all come together in the future... or never if you are us 2.
5. Don't Be Afraid To Ask
To get where you want to be in life, you need to ask. No one can discover what you want if you don't vocalize it. If you want a day off to go on vacation, ask, if you want a pay raise, ask, if you don't ask you won't get.
6. Look After Yourself
Right now is the youngest you will ever be. In 10 years you are going to look at yourself and realize you don't look the way you did when you were 20. Whether that means start exercising, take care of your skin, eat a little healthier, do it now before your metabolism slows down. It's a lot harder to pick yourself back up once you start going down.
7. Look After Your Mental Being
Your brain is a powerful thing. It can make you the happiest person on earth or the saddest. Challenge your brain and expose yourself to all the emotions within it. Now is the time to learn how to maturely handle your emotions without letting them effect your life's day to day tasks.
8. Make Time For Family
Family is the only group of people who will never stray away from you. They are there to pick you up when you are mentally down, give you money when you financially made a dumb decision, and teach you how to live life from mistakes they have made! They have been around you since you were born, you are who you are because of them, the way they raised you.
9. Discover What You Want Out Of Life
As a 20 something year old I find myself getting wrapped up in the work, eat, drink, and sleep routine. Often times I get so busy I forget to take time to think about what I really want out of life. I find myself thinking where the fuck did the month just go because I get so consumed in my social life I lose track of where I want to be in the future. Make sure you make time for yourself because thats the only real time you get to know yourself and where you want to go!