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Our twenties are an exciting time. You’re legally an adult and can do whatever you want and obviously, live life the way you choose. You know yourself better than you did in your teens. For most of us, it’s a happy time that’s full of adventure and self-discovery. It’s before most of us have settled down so we’re free to explore different paths, get out into the world and find out what it’s all about.
Here are ten things we should all be doing as young adults.
While it’s not impossible to travel when you’re settled with a family, it’s certainly more difficult. Right now, you’re in a unique position in life where you can save up, book something and jet off. You could travel with a family member, friends, your partner or even go on solo adventures– a fantastic way to ‘find yourself’ and work out what you’re all about. You can find backpacking groups and tours to travel the world with, go on road trips, go camping, explore places off the beaten path. In the next ten years, this will allow you to look back and know that you really did live your life to its best potential.
No more student accommodation, flat sharing or renting the cheapest place you can find. Find a home that’s perfect for you, and move into your long-term or permanent home. Buying something yourself is the best option, but renting does have its benefits too. Whatever the route you decide to go down, spend the time to choose a property and area that you’re happy to live in for the foreseeable future.
The past couple of years, I’ve never stayed in a place for more than 8 months. I was never home. It wasn’t until one of my friends said that the reason why I’m probably never home was that I didn’t really like where I was living. She was right. I decided to spend more time looking at apartments, invested a little bit more, and now I love being at home!
Learn to Drive
Driving gives you so much independence. It surprises me how some of my friends don’t know how to drive! If you’re not out on the roads yet, then you should get to it! Did you know that many Millennials are taking longer to start their driving lessons? I did not get my permit until I was almost 17. Sure, public transport in lots of places is good and you always have Uber or Lyft. But what if you miss out on your dream job as it requires you to be able to drive? What if you decide to move to a more remote and peaceful area where you need a car to get around? Book in with an instructor and get your lessons done. Once you’ve passed your test, you could always get a personal loan from a company like an earnest lender or opt for car finance to cover the cost of the vehicle. Don’t put it off because you think you won’t be able to afford the car as these give you the chance to spread the cost.
Meet New People
People are what make life special. Get out there and meet people who are different from you. Those with different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and customs will show you life from a different point of view. Take classes, start a team sport, meet people while traveling and say yes to social occasions to cross paths with more people.
Volunteering genuinely helps the lives of others, while helping you to appreciate your own. Whether it’s at an animal shelter, nursing home, women’s refuge center, children’s hospital or an orphanage abroad, it’s something that as young adults with time and energy to spare, many of us could be doing. I volunteer 2 hours a week skateboarding with kids. It’s so much fun and really rewarding!
If you live on convenience foods and your cooking repertoire includes nothing but pasta and cheese toasties then it’s time to make a change. Discover new ingredients, recipes, and cuisines. Throw dinner parties for friends, and generally have fun with it! Sites like Pinterest are full of inspiration and ideas. Another idea is to purchase a cookbook and mark the pages with recipes you like the look of.
Speaking of learning to cook, eating well is important as we reach adulthood. As a child or teen, you might have been able to eat what you want without gaining a pounds but all that can change as you get older. Eat well and find an activity you enjoy to ensure you’re getting enough exercise. Drink enough water and practice good sleep hygiene. This means going to sleep at a regular time and avoiding technology and stress before bedtime. Your body will thank you for it.
Younger adult years are about finding out what you want to do. After leaving school or university you might have jumped from job to job, not really being sure of your direction. Now is the time to get clear on it. Decide what you want to do, and take steps to make it happen. It might mean doing an apprenticeship or going back to study. Alternatively, you could study in your spare time. You might consider a complete career change in order to start at the bottom and work your way up to where you want to be.
Find Your Personal Style
In our second and third decade, we tend to be a little more comfortable in our own skin. There’s less pressure from peers and this confidence can allow us to have fun with our look. You could try a new haircut or color, experiment with makeup, clothing styles and more. Check out style inspiration and have fun until you find a look that feels like ‘you.’
In many cases, love will find us when we’re least expecting it. However, if you’re in a position where you do want to find a partner then it makes sense to make this possible. You won’t meet the love of your life if you sit in every night and don’t mix with other people! Dating apps and sites can be great… or a bit risky. Be careful and take caution if you do meet them in real life. You could also stick to old-fashioned methods, such as gatherings or friends of friends. There’s nothing more special than finding a person you genuinely connect with to enjoy all of life’s ups and downs with.
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