8 Life Lessons for 20 Somethings

 

 

After turning 28, I did some reflecting on the lessons I’ve learned over the years. Being in your twenties comes with much realization, lessons, and reality checks.

I am happy to be 28 because I am happy with who I am, who I’m becoming, and who I’ve proven myself to be for me.

I have learned 8 valuable lessons for the twenty something year olds that may add much value to their lives. Lessons that I am thankful to understand at this juncture of my life.

Lesson #1 NEVERMIND WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU

I feel that for most people our twenties are spent trying to prove who we are. We come to “show up” and be seen. With this mindset, we never give ourselves the opportunity to know our true authentic selves. If we understood our true authentic selves, we would not feel the need to prove anything to anyone. We would learn that our only competition is ourselves. Sadly most people spend their lifetimes never knowing who they are.

Lesson #2 DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO

I’ve learned that when you present your ideas to others, most people will not have much true enthusiasm for what you want to do. Some will be jealous, envious, or just not care. Which is why you should do what you want to do. It’s not anyone else’s responsibility to be happy or enthusiastic for your dreams. You hold the idea or vision, and it is you who will have to encourage, motivate, and work on your own idea. In the journey of pursuing my ideas, I’ve learned that you will attract those who see the vision. So it is important to do what you want because most others don’t care.

Lesson #3 FAILING IS PART OF THE JOURNEY

I’ve failed at many pursuits in my life. Tests, college classes, and goals are all things I’ve failed at. But everything that I have failed at, I kept trying until I got it and some I am still working. I always remember though that some failures are actually direction from the universe. Whenever I do fail, I always jump back in. It’s best to fail fast and keep it moving.

Lesson #4 ALWAYS KEEP SOME MONEY IN YOUR POCKET

It sucks to be broke, at least for me. In my early twenties not having much money and wanting to do so many amazing things was like torture. Being a college kid, you don’t have much money, but no one tells of the sacrifices that come with being a young adult. But the truth that every young adult should know when starting out, be it in college or just the working world, to make the sacrifice to save money. Saving and having money teaches you discipline, it makes you feel responsible, and it allows you to take advantage of opportunities that you may not otherwise be able to. And best of all, having money makes you feel GOOD!

Lesson #5 BE CONSISTENT

PLEASE LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY! The time will pass anyways, make it worth it. Don’t be lazy! No matter how long it takes, be consistent and don’t quit. You will look up and be 30. The time¬†will pass no matter what you decide to do! (Enough Said)!

Lesson #6 TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY

When in your late teens and early twenties, it seems like you will be young forever so it is easy to never think about your health. The quicker you can become more health conscious, the better off you will be. As a personal trainer and a woman (we are super critical of ourselves). I’ve learned that you will be much happier waking up to a healthy body than spending years waking up to a body that you hate. It’s better to spend more years of your life waking up and looking like you want! The key to achieve this is to take control of your health from the start so that you feel and look great longer! Take care of your body because it is the only place you have to live!

Lesson #7 GIVING MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD

This is one that I had to re-learn. With learning early enough that it was best to keep money in my pocket, I held on tightly to what I had. I became a bit selfish not all because I wanted my money to myself, but because I saw those around me not being responsible with their money which made me an open target. I recently learned that I will always have enough because you get what you give. I learned early to give to myself first which is how I was able to save money and I recently learned to give to others. It’s not just about giving money, it’s also the small deeds and acts of kindness as well. It makes you feel good!

Lesson #8 SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THOSE THAT SHARE YOUR VISION

It is so important to surround yourself with those who want you to win. People who don’t understand you and don’t want the same things that you want in life, will bring you down and leave you stuck. If you have to be anyone besides yourself in a crowd, then you need to find a different crowd. You are the 5 closest people you spend the most time with. So let the liars, lie, cheaters, cheats, and killers, kill, but you be you. When you share the same vision as someone else, you will find that life will be much easier than not, and those dreams, goals, and ideas, will come to fruition.

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