Being in your 20’s is probably an overall ball of confusion – whether you’re hungover confused or just confused about the rest of your life, it’s scary either way. They say your 20’s are the best and most important years of your life – you’re fresh out of UNI or college and struggling to make that $15/hour retail wage for your Saturday night out. You’re in limbo, not knowing where life will take you or where you will take life.
It’s 2017 – Trump became president, house prices are at an all-time high, employment rates are at an all-time low and it’s becoming ridiculously hard for us millennials to save our money because a sandwich literally costs $19.99. All this aside, how do we make the most of our 20’s in this century? Here are 6 ways to make the most of your 20’s.
Take advantage of your parents
In a good way. They’ve literally given us everything we could possibly ask for, and more. Take advantage of your parents by living under their roof while you can – before they get so sick of your ass and kick you out! Eat mum’s home cooked meals and be mortgage free for the first few years of your 20’s and don’t be ashamed of it. There’s nothing worse than having to work full time, study full time, appease to your big appetite (cook AND clean) and having to pay $500 rent a week. Instead of doing all of that, why not stay under your parents’ roof and cut your rent in half or even by 3/4? By this, I mean don’t be a slob and expect mum to cook and clean every single day. Take advantage of this time you have to budget and save!
Uni and college isn’t everything anymore
The scariest thing about being in your 20’s is probably that middle ground between fresh out of studying and looking for your life long career. It’s hard to study accounting or nursing or science for 4 years and realise that it’s really not what you want to do for the rest of your life. In this day and age, employer’s don’t really look at your Bachelor’s Degree as priority #1 (sorry, it’s the truth!), they look at experience and more than anything, they look at you. Are you passionate? Are you committed? Are you a quitter? No point hiring someone with a law degree but easily quits when things get too hard. It’s probably more beneficial to the employer to hire someone who dropped out of year 10 but has their head in the game 110%.
Be a risk taker
Being afraid to quit that miserable job will probably be your biggest regret of your 20’s. We all went through that horrible retail phase or working for a family member during our teens so when we reach our 20’s it should feel as though we should already have our dream job in the palm of our hands. But sometimes, it takes multiple jobs and possibly years to really have it all figured out. Being a risk taker, however, allows you to sink your teeth into stuff you never thought possible before. If you’re lucky enough to have an opportunity arise (and it’ll probably never come around again) then take it. SERIOUSLY. You don’t want to be stuck in a rut because it’ll be hard to get out of. Take that risk.
We all do it but some of us don’t even know it. I know I complain about 150 times a day. ‘It’s too hot, it’s too cold. It’s too early. I need sleep. I need food.’ It’s a cycle really and by now, my boyfriend’s become immune to it all. I think as millennials, we often forget how lucky we are. We suffer from #firstworldproblems and don’t even think twice that kids in other countries don’t even have access to the internet – what a nightmare! Make the most of your 20’s by being appreciative of what you DO have. Food, water, shelter, wifi – they’re all such basic things that we often neglect it. Plus, complainers are annoying! Realise that our own parents suffered 100 times more than we ever will in our lifetime. Wake up, kids! Stop the whinging and whining.
It’s weird to say or hear out loud but it’s probably one of the best advice I’ve ever received. To accept failure is to be able to stand up even when you don’t feel like you can any longer. Accepting failure is just another stepping stone towards success. Although a great piece of advice, it can definitely take a long time to actually do because as human beings, we’re all afraid of rejection and failure. If we’re able to alter our minds into thinking that it’s okay to fail, then success will be easier to find – not easy, just easier.
Do that thing you’ve always wanted to do
We all have things that we want to do, places to go see and foods to try out but there’s always an excuse or a fear that stops us from going ahead. Too expensive to travel, too afraid to try out that new thing that’s way out of our comfort zone. If you have that one thing on your bucket list that keeps getting pushed further and further down, I suggest you do it as soon as possible. You’re never going to have the energy and willingness that you have in your 20’s. If you’re dying for a nap after UNI now, then wait till you hit 35. There’s no time to wait it out because when you reach 30, you’re going to want to add more things to your list. Go out and feel accomplished with yourself!
So what are you waiting for? There’s no use talking about it, you need to put everything into action otherwise, you’re going to look back on your life and regret it. And that’s my biggest fear in life – regret.