21 Ways You Should Take Advantage Of Your 20s
1. Don’t feel the need to respond to every message, phone call, and email the second it reaches you. Once upon a time, it took longer than a minute to reach someone. People used stamps and envelopes; they had answering machines they didn’t check for hours, sometimes days. Besides, a true friend can go long periods of time without speaking to you and never question the friendship.
2. Ask for what’s owed to you. Half the time, you’re not getting your needs met because you’re not making them known. Your employers, romantic interests, and friends are not going to read your mind and give you what you need unless you speak up. Same thing as claiming a laboratory room breakage fee deposit you paid when you enrolled first year, and basically you didn’t break anything, before finally saying goodbye on Graduation Day. WIN.
3. Never turn down an open bar. Seek them out and make them a priority. Indulging in open bars when you’re older isn’t appropriate because a) people will think you have an alcohol problem and b) you’re supposed to have enough money to afford your own alcohol. Remember to celebrate free drinks with your friends, or maybe you won’t remember at all ;)
4. If someone offers you a way out, take it. You don’t owe yourself years of loyalty to your area of responsibility; you don’t have to stay in your city all the time. Do what feels right; the initial fear will give way to excitement. Ride the MRT/LRT, kalesa, tricycle and jeepneys, you’ll never know how much you’ll appreciate and miss them when your only choice is to ride your own car. Traveling doesn’t always require planes or ships, as long as you’re out of your own comfort zone and be in new places you’ve never been into before- whether it’s just next to your own city, it doesn’t matter, just enjoy the new view!
5. Take advantage of all the energy you have in your 20s. In your 30s or 40s, your body will start to get upset with you/ or you’re gonna upset them if you do too much. When some 20-something babe is all, “Wanna race?” Don’t ever take that for granted, do it. Fitness is not all about training for the olympics or so, because it’s your body and you can follow your own pace. Accept friendly “DARES” like the movie tickets are on you if you didn’t lose 10lbs in 6 weeks. Every now and then, challenge yourself, challenge a man or even challenge someone older than you just because you know that your lungs are on its best and your knees are better than theirs. Attend the Fitness Week, spend time at the gym, run as long as you can take. Make use of your body while it’s on their strongest state. Who says that being physically fit is easy? No one. But that feeling you get after a really good workout is priceless, not everyone would get that feeling, though they could but chose not to. Remember that everyone would do it if it’s easy, but it’s not.
6. Make the most of your “bum days”. Before you’re 30, it’s still okay to enjoy your post graduation syndrome for a few months or years and not have a job same as your profession or degree. Save your cash and accept your friends’ offer for lunch. Use the money you saved to buy more clothes or to get your nails done. You don’t have a job? It’s okay. You spend the day listening to music, watching movies on Netflix and American/Korean television series? It’s okay. You go out to spend the day with your friends, eat junk and ask money from your parents? It’s okay! Everything is okay as long as you know that you’ll be out of that anytime soon. If ever you’re thinking that this is a waste of time, remember that the time will come that the only thing you’ll be looking forward to is that one day off from work.
7. Adventure! Do something you’ve never done before. Conquer the longest zipline in Bukidnon, do white water rafting and spelunking in CDO, wakeboard in CWC, scuba dive in Palawan, jump on waterfalls and cold/hot springs in Camiguin, do kayaking and snorkeling in Davao, visit the largest python in Bohol, ride a banana boat in Pagudpud and a kalesa in Vigan etc etc etc (BTW, links are from some of my personal experiences with my family- have fun reading them) Life is too short to focus on your fears! Explore your own before going to other countries, surely you got the best. Believe me, be proud and love your own!
8. Learn how to cook. Here’s an idea - instead of spending all your money on ridiculously marked-up restaurant food, save your money by buying non-processed WHOLE FOOD and LEARN HOW TO MAKE A MEAL OF REAL FOOD. A meal of real food is not a cup of Maruchan Instant Lunch with slices of onions and frozen shrimp you added - that is still PROCESSED FOOD. A meal is something like sauteed brussel sprouts with onions and pinto beans garnished with salt and pepper or whatever insert all gourmet terms here. I’m not coming in clean here, I do too eat unhealthy food and have unhealthy cravings. It’s okay, we just have to work on this. But- I don’t know how to cook and I don’t have an income yet to spend for grocery shopping either. Again, it’s okay! We can figure this out. For now, I personally recommend you to watch the whole documentary movie of “Hungry for Change" or read healthy food blogs like "The Fat Kid Inside”. We all have this “thinspiration” photos of bikini models and all but not everyone is gifted with that same body type. Others have to work for it, not once but continuously, and if you’re motivated enough for that, remember that body is made 25% in the gym and 75% in the kitchen.
9. Keep making friends. Everyone complains that it’s hard to make friends after college, but we still manage to find new people to date right? It’s not that hard. You know yourself better than you ever have before, and your friends can finally reflect that. Don’t cling to old friends only because it’s too frightening or ‘risky’ to make new ones. Though they say, friends are like clothes- It’s good to have new ones but still keep the old ones. I do believe that. Everyone can work this out, this generation can make time for anything. We are born ninjas and these new friends can be for keeps too!
10. Spend time with your family. As long as you don’t have a husband/wife and kids yet, this is the part of your life that can be the perfect time to become a responsible daughter/son to your parents yet still act all silly with your siblings. It can be tough if they’re deceased already but it’s tougher if you still have them and yet you can’t do anything to be with them. Not all of us are granted to have the time to be with our loved ones, but if you’re lucky enough to be blessed with those moments -Make sure to make the most out of it. Don’t wait til you realize that you want to be with them when it’s already impossible. Please do it, while you still can.
11. Stay up late. In your 20s, you’re all, “Cheers!” “Sleepover!” “Challenge accepted!” “Badum tss” “AAHHHHH” When you get older, this becomes, “What are you doing? Go home. Go to sleep. What is wrong with you, staying up all night? Ain’t nobody got time fo dat” If you’re in your 20s, you do. You have all the time. Do it now and take advantage of how NOT tired you are. You think you’re crabby now when you stay up too late? You’ll never believe how terrible you feel when you do it in your 30s. 20s on social networking sites be like “Can’t sleep. Insomnia. Just got home! (4am)” Can you imagine twenty years from now that Tweets (or insert new social networking site in the future) be like “Joints hurt. Can’t see nothin, where’s my glasses. What? Huh? Speak louder. Good night guys! (7:45pm)” Really, so have dinner out with your friends at 11pm and just right at this moment like me, blogging at 4am LOL
12. Savor those 20s hangovers (but do not ever drink and drive). They’re a gift from God so that you’ll always remember what your tolerance level is. Your hangover recovery time is like flippin’ Wolverine in your 20s. You wake up, feel like death (???), pull on some shades, gulp down coffee and whine about your headache over brunch. Say “I’ll never gonna drink again” and even just to see one makes you sick. Oh, boo hoo. When you’re older, every hangover is Apocalypse Freaking Now. You’re not making it to brunch. You’re not making it off your floor in a weeping puddle of regret. You’ll be a drunkard parent -nah ah. Not a good example. But right now, everything is okay! Enjoy and have fun! Cheers!
13. Indulge in diner/ fast food at midnight. This is considered a depressing behavior once you’re on your 30s. Though this is opposing number 8, don’t even try to miss that happy tummy feeling to eat fast food esp with your friends even if it is not meal time, or not even close! Just sit there while sharing stories and choke on your food because you can’t balance laughing and swallowing. Sometimes, or more often than not, try screaming “SCREW CALORIES!!!”
14. Learn something that you can use for the rest of your life. This is the perfect timing.
15. Do ‘unacceptable’ things to your hair. Dye it. Dread it. Shave only the left side of your head and give a crap if it grows back in a flattering manner -ATTENTION: IT WONT. There’s no time but now. Back in my senior year in college (from a year or two) I’ve always wanted that certain haircut but it wasn’t kind of acceptable because I was a Nursing Student who is expected to look neat and tidy and all that. This is exactly what’s on my mind when I got my DREAM HAIRSTYLE right after I graduated. Remember that you’re on your 20s and you’re still trying to figure yourself out, it’s okay! It can be a mistake but it can also be your best decision ever since you chose to do what you wanted for so long. You are young, IT. WILL. GROW. You can do anything you want, it’s better than sorry or risk the fact of awkwardness when you do it on your 30s or 40s.
16. Take photos! Instagram that joint. Just imagine when s’mores or sushi becomes nothing but part of history? Wouldn’t it be epic if you got a photo taken with them? LOL I’m not sure if it makes sense but things and of course you, YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. Click away!
17. Go to the beach. Put that bikini on, get sand all over, get a tan and even a tattoo that would only last for a few days. Enjoy youth!
18. Walk into Forever 21 and grab every single thing that caught your eye. Is it actually five dollars? BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. When you get older, your clothing becomes all expensive blazers and tailored khakis. That will be a great day- the day when your closet starts to look all $$$. Those outfits will be more expensive, they will also last longer because you will be a classy human ready to take on the future. But as long as you’re still in your 20s, you know, the demographic of Forever 21? Game on. Who doesn’t love the affordable and stylish Forever21. Not me.
19. Take road trips. Sit in a car with your family or your friends. Follow a map, stop where you can spend the night, stop when you’re hungry and appreciate hole in the wall restaurants. Go home, tell your other friends about it, repeat. This works all the time, these unplanned getaways will not always be the best (or it will) but sure is an unforgettable way to spend the long weekend with the gang. Come on, now!
20. Fly and find your way out. Like in number 4 and 19. This decade is the best time to finish college and start learning by closing that book and go there. Learn through cultures and history of the places that are not your own. See the beauty of nature that God blessed us with, certain animals that are only found in certain places. Food specialty of every town. Establishments, tourist spots and even places that are not published, they’re all worth going. Have a travel buddy, pack your bags, buy plane tickets of the next flight regardless where. The beauty of places that you have personally seen, smell/taste of delicacies and the feel of nature- These are few of the things that no one can ever take away from you. Not unless your brain starts to degenerate and you’ll lose your memories slowly LOL Just kidding - But reality, I tell you, back to number 16.
21.Photo shoots! You won’t be on your 20s forever. You will not look exactly the same when you’re on your 30s or 40s already. This is the moment, this is your best-look-decade or God knows when. In the future, wouldn’t it be fun to look back at these play dress up shoots you had couple of decades ago? Your skin and hair color will not be naturally the same. Show these photos to the younger generation and they’ll be like - That bangs! Oh look at that dress! Lo and behold these 2k generation kids who will always look up on us as the adult from the 90s LOL
And that’s it, 21 ways to happiness! Live each moment, don’t just add years to your life- rather, add life to your beautiful years! SOURCE: Thought Catalog- I used the original post and made my own version ♥ Let me know what you think: TUMBLR ASK