I am in the mid-20s and I can say for sure the 20s are your selfish years. You get to immerse yourself in the world around you, be selfish with your time, look after you, build your career, and love family & friends. There is so much I want to do in this decade and I would love to believe I have done well so far. However, I don’t want to regret anything I could have done but I never got to do when the 30s come around.
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One thing I know for sure is that I am a critical thinker who can take things too seriously. I want to let loose once in a while and we are still working on that. I don’t believe success is having a pristine credit and getting married to a trophy spouse. I know it’s living a meaningful and fulfilling life that makes you happy. In my 20s I am still getting life’s applause and humbling slaps in equal measure. Meaning, I am still learning what happiness and success mean to me.
But hey, here is my list of the things you got to do in your 20s. Plus, it’s the time self-exploration makes you realize your responsibilities. So don’t do anything to compromise your future but, have fun and find something to thank yourself later.
Things you won’t regret doing in your 20s
Take good care of your mental health
I have found that this decade has so many things that can positively or negatively affect your mental wellbeing. Look after yourself and be cautious of the things you expose your mind to. As you work so hard on your physical health don’t let the pressures of life weigh your mental health down. If you need to stay away from some friends, do that. You want to unfollow some people on social media, click that button. You might as well deactivate that account and take that social media detox you have been planning to.
Travel your heart out
This is still on my to-do list. If you have the means take a long-term trip. Backpack across Europe, Asia, or embark on visiting the 7 wonders of the world. Get out of your comfort zone and engage with people along the way. Interact with the different races, diverse cultures, and bask in the unfamiliar. Learn to be comfortable out of your comfort area. Additionally, traveling alone lets you find things you didn’t know about yourself.
Go after that dream
Complacency has no place in your 20s. Be persistent, get creative, move, and challenge yourself. It’s the time to mess a bit, find what you hate, try again, and find what you love. It is the time to broaden your horizon and experiment with different career options. Don’t settle in your 20s and you will be grateful you never did.
Learn time and financial management skills
Financial management and time skills are essential to your everyday life. Mastering the act of budgeting your monetary resources and time will save you from so much stress in life. Save money, find ways to invest money, get insurance, and don’t shop to keep up with the Kardashians.
I know you should save up at least 6 your months expenses. Ask me if I have done it aside.
Enjoy what you have earned
I can’t even count the number of times I have been told to work hard in my 20s to reap future benefits. As you work hard, don’t forget to enjoy the now. Don’t play so hard but remember to play. Go out to parties, road trips, and adventure. Love life now as you don’t know what the future holds. Practice living a balanced lifestyle. Too much of everything is poisonous so find that balance.
Practice being responsible
There are so many ‘do these’ and ‘don’t do these’ rules in your twenties. It’s also the time you know that rules are meant to be broken. Life is richer when you know which rules you have to follow and which ones to let go. Practice safe sex, stay away from the crack and don’t pinch peoples children are some responsibilities to take up.
Embrace failure, learn from mistakes & forgive yourself
If you live life being careful not to make any errors, you aren’t living. Growing up an overachiever, my twenties have taught me I am not perfect. Mistakes are part and parcel of growth and learning as much as you can from them is the only option. Rejection and mistakes will happen so often in this decade. Chill out, forgive yourself, and practice self-love.
You got too drunk, got a black eye, and had your wallet stolen? Evaluate the reprehensible incident and ensure it doesn’t occur again. Your ‘friends’ have turned their backs on you? Well, learn and apply higher standards next time.
I haven’t done this yet but it’s here for a reason. Renting your own space and the responsibility that comes with it is liberating not to say independent. You get to learn how to manage your finances, budget and live within your means. Then again, no sneaking out or looking for excuses when you stay out too late.
Create time for family and friends
Cherish the relationships you have with your family and BFFs. In your twenties your career is kicking off, you are meeting new people, and you can get too busy and forget your people. These are the people who have been with you through thick and thin. Chances are they are going to see you get married, have babies, fall, and dust yourself up. They know your good and very terrible habits. Create that time to hang out, catch up, eat, and laugh together.
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