20 things I learnt from my 20s

This list is pretty self-explanatory. What number resonates with you? Let me know in the comments!

1. Take those travel opportunities whenever you can. You are not likely to regret it.

2. Most people are so worried about what they’re doing, that they’re not really noticing what you’re doing.

3. When you leave a job, you likely won’t stay in touch with most of the people there. So don’t stress so much about getting them to like you, or worrying about what they said in the day-to-day.

4. You have a whole decade to mess up, or figure things out, or change yourself. You don’t have to have it all figured out by 25.

5. You have no idea what will happen in the future. Don’t rule anything out. Single now? Doesn’t mean you will be single forever. In a shitty relationship? Maybe you have the strength to come out of it and you’ll meet someone amazing. In a job you hate? It’s not forever – you can change jobs, industries, countries… more easily than you think. You won’t be the first one to have done it, and you won’t be the last 🙂

6. When everyone is doing shots, you don’t have to do shots.

7. Relax. Breathe. Have fun. Everything will work out in the long run. I promise.

8. You don’t have to be on the same life course as someone else. They work in finance and earn a six figure salary? That’s their choice. They work for a charity and travel to developing countries to help starving orphans? Let them. Find YOUR niche.

9. Hang out with older cousins/people you know from time to time. They’ve been through it and can probably give you good advice.

10. A hangover is a waste of a day. Swop your alcoholic drink for a glass of water at a few points during the night. I guarantee you will not regret it.

11. It’s okay to be scared. Just don’t let it freeze you to the same spot for a long period of time.

12. Hang on to those positive people. Steer clear of the negative people.

13. Start to learn to cook and eat healthily. It just makes life easier going forward.

14. Friends might come and go – and that’s okay.

15. Try not to judge people. You never know what they’re going through, or when you will be in the same situation.

16. Have your say. You have the right to speak up, just like everyone else.

17. Your parents want the best for you. But that doesn’t mean they’re right all the time.

18. Don’t get caught up on age. Friends can be any age. Don’t set yourself age limits that… well, limit you. Married and owning a house by thirty? A great goal if that’s what you want, but don’t make it the be-all and end-all, or do it to impress someone else.

19. If he likes you, he will contact you!

20. You can’t always go to every wedding or hen do/stagette you get invited to. But it works out okay in the end. People can’t always go to yours. Or the friends who understand that you can’t make it, are ones you end up staying friends with.

Lol. I just wrote the above post, thinking of what I wish I’d known in my twenties.

But I’ve just realized that most of the points are still relevant for me today in my thirties! I guess we never stop learning or growing, huh… 🙂

What have you learnt from the past five years/decade? What are you taking with you going forward?


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