Your 20s is such a wonderful time of your life. You have graduated from university and you have a real job that pays. You are an adult now.
In your 20s, there will be plenty of experiences that you will go through for the first time. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will learn a lot of life lessons that you will carry onto your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond.
If you are about to turn what is going to be one of the best decades of your life, here are some things you should expect.
You Learn to Become Independent
For many, your 20s is going to be the time that you can say you have become truly independent. You officially will move out of your parents’ house and into an apartment of your own. You are expected to pay your own rent and utility bills using the income you earn from working.
Every experience – from looking for a furnished condo for rent to fixing a broken tap – will teach you how to be independent. You only have yourself to rely on. In every aspect of your life, you get to make the decisions.
You Will Make a Lot of Mistakes
A word of warning: you will make a lot of mistakes. That is part of growing up.
No one is born knowing how to do everything. You do not magically gain the knowledge of how to install a light bulb or paint a wall when you turn a certain age.
Nowadays, you can look up tutorials online to guide you. However, expect to still make a lot of mistakes.
Everyone fails at some point. Even the most successful people were either rejected or made a mistake in their life. Stephen King’s first novel,Carrie,was famously rejected 30 times by publishers before it was finally published by Doubleday. Steve Jobs was once fired by the company he co-founded.
You will make a lot of big and small mistakes. The secret is to suck it up and turn it into an opportunity to learn.
Enjoy Being Single
In your 20s, you do not have a lot of responsibilities just yet. You only have yourself to look after.
So, when you are single, do not mope around. Sure, it is nice to have someone take care of you, but no relationship is perfect. There will always be fights no matter how kind and understanding your partner is.
Besides, when you are single, you do not have to ask permission to do anything. You can travel the world, stay up all night with friends, etc. This period of your life will eventually end, so make the most out of it.
Chase Your Dream
When you are young, you feel like you have all the time in the world. However, that is not exactly true. Many factors in life may interfere, preventing you from doing some things that you want to do.
While you have the time, do it. Stary paving the path that will lead you toward your dreams. You will have to make a number of sacrifices in order to reach your goals, but you do not have a lot to lose.
Spend your 20s experimenting, making mistakes, and learning. When you get to the next decade, you will have an arsenal of experience that will ready you for the new challenges that you will face.
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