The best years of our lives according to most, our 20s are for making mistakes, building character and figuring out who we are. So here’s a list of things we’d recommend doing while in your 20s
Travel As Far and As Much As Possible
This one is probably obvious, but this is the thing I am so glad I did while in my 20s. There is nothing more liberating and exciting than packing up a suitcase and flying off to a foreign land, wandering the streets of a new city, tasting exotic foods and experiencing something completely new. You will come back with a whole new outlook on life, a little more educated and with the urge to keep exploring. Travelling really is the only thing you buy that makes you richer so do it, any opportunity you get.
Make A Few Good Friends And Keep Them Close
As we get into our late 20s and early 30s, making time for our friends can be really difficult. Everyone has different schedules, some of us move to a different city, marriages and kids make it really hard to just meet up on a whim. It’s also much more difficult to make friends… (that’s for another blog post so keep an eye out.) During your 20s, make the effort to make true friendships with a few people and make time with them. Remember, these are the people who will be there during the most significant times of your life!
Experience Being Single And Learn To Love It
This piece of advice is truly important for becoming comfortable on your own. If only I could turn back time, I would give myself a shake and tell myself to just enjoy discovering myself rather than hoping a relationship would give me all the answers. My friends who have spent a lot of time single throughout their 20s have no fear of being alone. It forces you to be content with being yourself. You might even spend your alone time learning skills and finding a hobby you love. Don’t rush into being in a relationship. You have plenty of time for all that!
In the digital world we live in, maybe this seems obvious but I cannot stress enough… take as many photos as you can. Every night out, every holiday and event you go to, whether you are annoying people are not, pull out the camera and get snapping. You are in the prime of your life and these are some of the most exciting stories you’ll be telling your grandchildren. You are making memories that you will look back on fondly forever and capturing these moments to look back on is
Live Outside Of Your City/Country
If you get the opportunity to live further afield than the place you were raised, I urge you to go, whether this is studying abroad or simply moving city… Not only will it give you insight into what life has to offer elsewhere, you’ll meet people from different places and you might even have a new found appreciation for your hometown when you return (or maybe you never will!)
Learn To Manage Your Mental Health
It is estimated that over 70% of 18-34 year olds in the UK are suffering with some form of mental health issue. And the figures keep rising each year. Despite these shocking figures, there is still a huge social stigma surrounding mental health. It is crucial that everyone takes measures to manage their mental health. As someone who has suffered with anxiety, it can feel very isolating and debilitating. I have found exercise, journalling and talking it out can be extremely helpful, but everyone is different. Speaking to a therapist can be incredibly useful too. Please don’t suffer in silence.
Start to Take Care of Your Physical Health
As you turn 30 your metabolism slows down, your joints stiffen and your lifestyle can start to reflect itself on your waistline, skin and joints. All those drunken kebabs and pints and laying in bed until 2pm might seem like a good idea now, but you will thank yourself later on down the line for prioritising your physical health. A good exercise routine (even walking a few miles a day!) and eating your vegetables and fruit will make all the difference, however boring it might seem.
Cherish Your Family and Loved Ones
As we grow up, our parents, grandparents and people around us grow old. Make time for your family and spend as much time with them as possible. Listen to their stories and make memories together. Ask them questions about their childhoods and their family tree, this is invaluable information that you can pass on to your own children one day!
Learn Another Language
Giving yourself the challenge of learning a new language is rewarding and will make you more employable. Not only this, but your confidence will sky rocket. You learn that it’s ok to get things wrong, you learn to laugh at yourself and you’ll make friends along the way! Even if you only learn the basics for a trip to Italy, watch how the natives faces light up when you surprise them with a few words in Italian. It will also give you an appreciation for non-english speakers all over the world!
Written by Jade