The years you spend in your 20’s are some of the most influential in your life. Sure, these years can be extremely fun, but they are also filled with some essential life lessons that can either make or break you. These are the years to learn more about yourself and figure out who you truly are as a person.
We all make mistakes during our younger years; there is absolutely no shame in that. This is the time to make those mistakes and actually try to learn from them. Our 20’s are typically the time to make poor financial decisions and less-than-perfect health habits. Hopefully once we reach our 30’s we will have learned better.
Even though making mistakes and poor life decisions is a rite of passage, there are still a few things you can do to make the most of your younger years. Here are 4 essential life lessons for people in their 20’s.
Unplug from social media
Social media is a handy tool, especially for staying connected to to friends and family members. Social media is even a solid networking tool for potential job opportunities. But this doesn’t mean you should be spending all of your free time fixated on your screen. It is easy to become wrapped up in Instagram and Facebook and lose touch with reality.
The main problem with this is that you only see that “perfect world” that is depicted by your friends’ photos. You automatically assume that those people actually live perfect lives, and start wondering why you are such a mess in comparison.
But what you often forget is that you are only seeing what your friends want you to see, and their lives are probably far from perfect. So stop comparing yourself to your friends and followers on social media by putting down the screen every once in a while.
Find friends that will tell it like it is
Your 20s are the perfect time to actually find friends that care about you. This means accepting people into your life that are actually honest with you, even if the truth hurts. Stop surrounding yourself with fake friends and find ones that will stick around through the good and bad times.
Don’t get too caught up in your career
Depending on your personality, it is more than possible to become overly career-oriented in your 20s. If you are a go-getter, you have probably spent a lot of time perfecting your elevator pitch for an upcoming interview or working on your resume. There is nothing wrong with this, but try to have some fun along the way. Keep in mind that the job you have in your 20s is not likely to last; you might even choose an entirely different career path in your 30s.
Try new things
This is the time to take risks and try new things. As we mentioned before, these years should be spent learning about yourself and growing into the person you will one day become. So try new hobbies and hang out in different social circles. This will allow you to learn about what you like, dislike, and who you want to spend your time with.