10 Things I Learned In My Early Twenties
1. Give people the benefit of the doubt 99% of the time. Just know you might get stepped on sometimes.
2. When you meet those people who step on you, don’t let them keep doing it. Find your friends in the people who value your positivity, instead of taking advantage of it.
3. At some point you have make decisions based on what’s best for you, not
what makes everyone else happy.
4. Your body is only as healthy as what you put in it. If somethings seems broken, go to the doctor.
5. Sometimes it’s easier to cry with our friends when something bad happens than to be happy for them when something good happens. But empathy goes both ways. You can’t be happy if your jealous that they graduated college first, got their dream job, or got engaged. You have to be able to rejoice with your friends and cry with them. Comparison stifles empathy.
6. Your dream job doesn’t have to be the job that pays your bills. Just as long as your both pay your bills and do your dream job (even if that means doing
it in the form of an internship, blog or startup).
7. Like your body, your mind is only as healthy and thoughtful as what you put in it. Read books. Think on ideas. See new things. Go places. Google everything. Your brain can’t create content. It works with what it has. Give it something to work with.
8. Listen to people. Absorb. They have interesting things to say. New faces bring new perspectives. The best version of you is that one that has considered their possibilities.
9. It’s okay to have an opinion. You don’t have to retain every detail of every childhood belief just because you’ve been told to for 20 years. Just because no one else you know agrees with you doesn’t mean you don’t have a valid point.
10. Those people that truly matter in your life aren’t going anywhere, at least not really. Sure, you and your best friends are probably going to end up in different states, maybe even on different continents. It’s okay. The modern age has given us cell phones, airplanes, and skype. And even if it hadn’t, the relationships that matter are the one’s where you can pick up after 6 month of separate busy lives like no time has passed at all.