28 People On The Most Life-Changing Thing They Did In Their Twenties

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1. “I broke up with the person I knew I couldn’t marry.”

-Elizabeth, 26


2. “I went back to school. I had taken some time off. And I was behind everybody else. My friends had already graduated and gotten real jobs. But I made it, and got my degree at age 26, and I wouldn’t have done anything differently.”

-Megan, 44


3. “I gained a sense of self-worth. Then lost it. Then gained it back again. And lost it again. Then gained it back again.”

-Stephen, 28


4. “Traveled internationally by myself.”

-Anna, 30


5. “I’m only 3 years in to my twenties, but not living at home and moving right into the city after college was a pretty cool experience for me. Expect for the expenses. That’s a little less cool.”

-Nick, 23


6. “I broke up with my boyfriend because I knew he wasn’t the man I wanted to marry. Even though we had just moved in together.”

-Jess, 25


7. “Moving to the city without any friends.”

-Isaiah, 24


8. Losing weight. I lost a bunch after college and it just made me realize that it can be really easy, you just have to have discipline. And I felt so much better and so much more like myself afterwards.”

-Brigid, 26


9. “Not getting married.”

-Andi, 31


10. “I moved to a new city with no friends. Didn’t turn out well for me in DC but I became a more independent person and realized I wanted to write. And I adopted a dog. And he’s pretty cool.”

-Rachel, 25


11. “I got a cat. Best decision I ever made.”

-Joan, 27


12. “I stopped doing what my friends, family, society, etc wanted me to do and started doing what I wanted to do.”

-Chelsea, 30


13. “Living paycheck to paycheck. It made me understand the value of a dollar in a way I never had before, even though I worked all through college.”

-Marc, 32


14. “I got married and had my first baby.”

-Teresa, 41


15. “Jumped out of plans in the army.”

-Brian, 36


16. “I actually started listening to my parents’ advice and figured out that they had a lot of helpful experiences that could relate to my own.”

-Marie, 28


17. “Told someone I loved them for the first time.”

-Jean, 32


18. “Transferring schools and leaving my entire family, friends, and boyfriend of 6 years behind. And then breaking up with my boyfriend and pretty much starting life over for the better.”

-Mary, 29


19. “I stayed super close to my college friends which helped me feel less alone when things in my life weren’t going the way I wanted them to.”

-Morgan, 27


20. “I stopped drinking so damn much. I still went out and had a ton of fun, but I stopped blacking out every single night. I felt a lot less bad about myself the next day when I could wake up and function and I remembered how I got home the night before. Made me feel a lot healthier too.”

-Kevin, 32


21. “I started getting help for my anxiety and it literally made the whole world look different, in the best way possible.”

-Meaghan, 29


22. “Failed at stuff. It made me a lot less scared to try new things because I had learned that failure doesn’t kill you.”

-Jerry, 34


23. “Actually figured out what a 401K is, and then when I did, I started contributing to it.”

-Emily, 30


24. “I went back to church.”

-Michael, 28


25. “I put a portion of my paycheck every two weeks into my savings account. It was a really small amount every time, but eventually it started making a difference. Still is.”

-Duane, 31


26. “I started reading as many books as I could. It helped me to still feel excited about life even when I didn’t like my job.”

-Rissa, 27


27. “Spent some money on a good quality mattress and bed sheets that were actually comfortable, instead of just picking the cheapest option possible. It’s made all the difference.”

-Tom, 27


28. “I started taking long walks when I was stressed out. Nothing helps me more than a nice, leisurely walk does.” TC mark

-Nora, 29

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