“I think your 20s are the hardest part of life. I mean, everyone goes on about how hard it is to be a teenager, but actually I think it’s tougher to be in your 20s because you’re expected to be a grownup and expected to earn your own living and be successful and I think you feel like a kid still.” Nigel Cole
When you’re in your 20’s there are many things that may come as a surprise to you. It is one of the most important times in your life. It’s a time where you are finally out there in the world by yourself. You no longer have others to fall back on if you come into a difficult period (for the most part).
So here are 5 things that people don’t tell you about your 20’s.
- You will be Poor
Getting your dream job with a good pay fresh out of college doesn’t mean that you’re going to be rolling around in dough like you imagined you would. Living expenses are just that, EXPENSIVE! When you combine rent, groceries, cell phone bill, insurance, debt (if you have any), and other various things, it eats up a lot of your income. Buying your necessities is going to be frustrating but just know, everyone buys them. Long story short, things will be much different than you imagined, so keep your head up.
- Your Friend Circle Will Change
The people you spend your time with in your 20’s will likely be the most influential people you can meet. You’ll be very easily influenced, and the people you chose to hang out with will be the influencers. So you’ll want to surround yourself with people that have high ambitions, people with similar goals, and people that want to see you succeed. There will be people you need to cut out of your life, and it will likely hurt. But by doing this, you are putting yourself on the path to being the best you that you can be.
- Your Priorities Will Change
At some point in your 20’s, you may come to the realization that your responsibilities will take precedence over having fun sometimes. You may make the decision to stay home on a Friday night and read a book for fun instead of going out to drink. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It shows that your maturing and actually give a sh** about your future. Trust me, it’s a good thing.
- You Will Be Confused
During your 20’s, you will often find yourself in a confused state of mind. One day you’ll think you have your whole life together and everything is in order, then the next day you’ll think the complete opposite. You got your first real job with the expectations that you’re fully prepared to take on the world. Only to realize that what you studied in college or high school has almost nothing to do with that job. You’ll still have a whole lot to learn, but don’t feel overwhelmed we all do.
- Healthy Living will Be More Important than Ever
As you make it through your 20’s, your metabolism will slow down, your body will take more time to recover, your joints and muscles will slowly start to ache, and your skin will show minor signs of aging. Exercise will become a necessity, and you need to be more cognizant of what you’re fueling your body with. If you eat too much junk food and don’t exercise, it will begin to show physically, as well as, affect you internally. Nevertheless, making small changes to your diet and regularly exercising can mitigate many of these negative effects. Luckily, there are books, videos, and people with the information you need to take action.
The moral of the story is that your 20’s will change you. It will play a vital role in defining who you will be in your life. It will be rocky, and you will doubt yourself often. The good news is that you are in control of the outcome of your 20’s. So pay attention and actually give a sh**.
James A. Lovejoy
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