In your 20's, would you take advice from your future, wiser self?
If it weren't for our mistakes, we wouldn't be who we are today. That being said, our 20's would've been a lot easier if we made better-informed decisions. But we didn't listen to our elders and take their advice. On most counts, they were right all along, but our rebellious selves were too cool for school to have an open mind.
Maybe you'll listen to a future version of yourself, one who has gone through the hardships of life and knows you best. What sort of sense would you knock into your former, foolish selves?
Personally, I don't like being told what to do. If what I'm about to execute is not a smart decision, I'd rather fall flat on my face and learn from my mistakes. But if I succeed in it, I'm glad I was defiant enough to give it a try, and I'm all the more wiser. Now that's a great place to start.
Take it all with a grain of salt.
Make some mistakes. Learn from them. It's the only way you'll grow. As the song goes, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. As long as you don't make the same mistake. If you do, you're a fool.
2. Read more
As much as you can. Do it every day. Reading tweets or your newsfeed on Facebook doesn't count. Immerse yourself in a book or a lengthy magazine article. Reading has so many benefits including expanding your vocabulary and knowledge.
3. Save your money!
All those frivolous things you've spent your money on at the mall adds up. Even though retirement may be a ways off, it'll creep up on you before you know it. Try to pack your lunches sometimes or, depending on where you live, take public transportation to save on gas money. You also don't have to be a scrooge about it either. It's okay to treat yourself to little indulgences occasionally.
Do it while you're still young and have the time. Your responsibilities will only pile up with mortgages and family, and you might regret not studying abroad like you've always wanted to or discovering other parts of the world while you were young.
5. Value time
Punctuality says a lot about you. It shows that you care and that you're dependable. There's no excuse. It's one thing to be flaky to parties or unreliable to show up on time for your friends. But, that bad habit could eventually get you fired or could cost you your relationships as an adult.
Also, don't waste time on people who don't respect you, whether they're lovers or colleagues. If they're not worth your trust, they're not worth your valuable time. Life is too short.
6. You don't have to do what everyone else is doing.
If you don't want to have kids, you don't have to have kids. If you're not interested in taking that job that everyone seems to be successful at, then don't apply. Only you are the boss of you, and it's your life. Don't let social obligations influence you. Do what you want while you're young because it'll get difficult to be as spontaneous with life changes as you get older.
7. Take care of your teeth!
Good dental hygiene could save you tons of money in the long run. Take care of those teeth while you still have them! All that sugar you're eating now is going to take a toll, and you'll be seeing your dentist more than your friends. And it's going to be very painful.
8. You'll get over it.
You think your life is over after a breakup and there's going to be nobody else. Totally false. The potential for someone even better to come along is more likely in your 30s. The pain you're feeling now? Give it time. You'll get over it and move on.
9. Be patient
Nothing done in a rush results in perfection or satisfaction. It's important to be patient. It'll also reduce stress. When things aren't going your way, or you're stuck in traffic, Just. Chill. Out.
10. Don't rush into marriage.
To go along with patience, this is a good one to abide by. Take your time before considering marrying your boyfriend/girlfriend. If it's meant to be, they will still be by your side. You don't want to be stuck in a bad marriage that was made on an impulsive decision.
11. It's your health
Cut back on the smoking and the alcohol. When done in excess from an early age, it's going to age you and you'll start to feel the negative impacts of the bad habits on your health. And start eating better. Eventually your metabolism will slow down, but you'll have had a head start by ditching the Taco Bell and White Castle diet in your 20s.
12. Say 'yes' to things that scare you.
You're only preventing yourself from building confidence and becoming a stronger person. There are some challenges that come our way in life that frighten us, but they could also be seen as opportunities. Don't run away from a job opportunity or turn down a trip that involves skydiving. Don't waste time on coming up with excuses to say 'no'. Live a little! Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Unless you're legitimately terrified of course.
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