10 Things To Keep In Mind When You Enter Your Twenties

1.Value originality, not conformity.

Have the courage to pursue your individual passions. Live the life you have imagined.

2. You won’t find contentment or yourself at the bottom of a bottle.

‘Nuff said. Spend a sober solo Saturday under the stars and see how alive you feel on Sunday morning.

3. Stop sharing everything about your life on social media.

Your trip to Starbucks still happened even if you don’t check in or post a photo of your beautiful Caramel Frappuccino. Be a mysterious surprise. Conversations nowadays are increasingly filled with “Oh yeah, I already saw that on your Facebook”. We’re running out of things to say!

4. Get out of your comfort zone.

Often. Never again in your life will you be so resilient. You have enough time to recover from just about any mistake at this point in your life. Take advantage of your flexibility.

5. Don’t take ‘No’ personally.

Be it from a potential significant other or employer, etc. Everyone is looking for the perfect fit, their complementary puzzle piece. Just because you don’t fit in this one place does not mean you do not have a place. Don’t let one person’s two letter word knock you down.

6. Listen twice as much as you speak.

Let people tell their stories. Being a good listener is an overlooked yet valuable skill. You can learn from absolutely ANYONE. Take a genuine interest and absorb as much as you can.

7. Be respectful towards those who are older than you.

Again, another diminishing yet invaluable skill. Heed their warnings. Entertain their rants. Be they 35 or 85. They’ve been through many things you can’t even imagine.

8. Follow up and follow through.

There are two kinds of people in this world; people who talk about doing things and people who actually set out to do those things. How many times have we said and heard, “We should catch up soon!” to absolutely no avail? Take the initiative and set aside some time for human contact. Be an individual who means what they say.

9. Live for today, your time in now!

Stop idealizing the future. Create your future by building it right now. Get started today. You won’t be more content later on in life. The only way to live in your ideal far off future you’ve built inside your head is to start making it reality right now.

10. Pursue yourself.

Fall in love with yourself. Discover what makes you beautifully you. Spending time making someone else happy is a great way to feel fulfilled, but having someone love you doesn’t rescue you from the job of loving yourself. Make sure you are your #1 priority. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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