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Your twenties can be hard, for most people it involves moving out on their own, embracing independence and finding their place in the world! Two years in I wanted to share some of my life hacks that I have been living by so far in my twenties.
Get Best Friends that are your Biggest Fans
I genuinely thought everyone had best friends that were their biggest fans. Only until my new friends in Edinburgh questioned my unconditional support and compliments. Having quality best around you is probably one of the most important things in your life. You probably don’t even realise how much influence your best friends have on shaping your life, I truly believe it can be the difference between pursuing a passion and giving up. And of course important to remember, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Me and my best friends have always raised each other up, regarded each other’s birthday as our own birthday, even unconditional support from their families! I think it’s important to remember in your twenties that a lot of previous friendships from different life stages have to move on and sometimes let go – but hold on to your biggest fans.
Travel as Much as You Can
Travelling is one of the most valuable things you can do in your life. Particularly in your twenties when you have limited responsibilities, no one to support and minimal commitments. Travelling adds so much value to your life, it allows you to develop independence, challenges you to cope with difficult situations and gives you a wider perspective. I think travelling is especially important in your twenties as it shapes you as a person and gives you lessons and wisdom that you can carry through to the rest of your adult life.
Do Things that Will Benefit you in 2 Years’ Time
This is a hard one to do. It can be difficult to “dream long” or try and pursue things that have long term benefits but not necessarily short term. This may be a silly example but it has always been a good reminder for me. I started building my LinkedIn when I was twenty, when I was still in uni and I didn’t REALLY need it. Two years on and I am so thankful for my previous self, my established LinkedIn has given me a platform for my career and I have been able to meet so many people through it and been exposed to lots of wonderful opportunities through my connections. We overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a year. Work on something incrementally that your future self will thank you for!
Spend Money on Experiences Not Things
I think this can relate to all 3 previous points. Spending your money on things really only gives you a short term benefit at most. Experiences have so many more benefits, allows you to bond with friends, create memories that you can retell again and again. There has been so many studies that have proven that spending money on experiences creates more joy than material goods could ever create. Buying less things gives you more flexibility to move around and doesn’t weigh you down when you are travelling!! And resisting those purchases you don’t really need will probably benefit you in 2 years’ time too, when your bank balance is still in shape, your wardrobe has room to breathe and you won’t have a pile of gadget that were outdated within about 2 weeks of buying them.
I’ve heard your twenties is one of the most exciting times of your life, full of change, new opportunities and independence – so I hope you make the most of it! As always, thanks for reading and would love to know your life hacks for your twenties.