Dear fellow 20-somethings,
Welcome to the most spectacular decade of your life-wasting journey! You’ve finally entered the roaring 20s, and it’s time to master the art of squandering your precious time and potential. Here are 10 ways you are probably wasting your 20s.
1. By not taking risks
You are in your prime years. You’re finally old enough to do everything you’ve always wanted to do, yet you’re still young enough to avoid the full commitment of adulthood (kids, mortgage, marriage, etc.) unless you want to. It is the moment in your life to take chances and risks in order to become the person you want to be.
2. By doing nothing to improve your future
Sure, it’s entertaining to blow all your money. It’s exciting to travel while working as a bartender. But do you want to spend your entire life bartending? If you don’t, you should seriously consider pursuing a job in the field you want to work in.
It’s difficult to find a job that doesn’t need at least three years of experience. If you start looking at 30 and have no prior experience, your future self will kick you.
3. By associating with the same folks all the time
Your high school pals are wonderful, but it’s also beneficial to branch out and surround yourself with individuals who are unlike you. Don’t isolate yourself by hanging out with the same folks all the time; you never know where those ties can go.
4. By never straying from your comfort zone
Leaving your comfort zone, like surrounding yourself with the same people your entire life, is vital to your individual progress as a person. Dreams might be imagined in one’s comfort zone, but it is also where they die.
It is critical to push yourself to a new level that makes you uncomfortable in order to see how much you can handle and how much you can learn from the challenge.
5. By basing your worth on social media
You’re so much more than likes. Seriously. Likes are meaningless; gaining double or triple digits on your postings does not indicate your worth. Neither does the quantity of people who follow you. To be honest, no one checks. You are more valuable.
6. By feeling compelled to justify your decisions
You don’t need to justify quitting your 9-5 job because it’s making you unhappy. You don’t have to defend staying in while all your pals are going out. You only need to do what makes you the happiest, and others will understand why.
7. By going with the flow
Peer pressure was one of the most powerful effects in my life as a teenager, but what about in my twenties? Nope. If I don’t want to do something, I won’t do it.
I understand what makes me happy and what makes me comfortable enough to say no. I don’t have to take a bong rip to feel “cool,” I can simply say “no thanks” and be done with it. The word no is a whole phrase. Use it.
8. By comparing yourself to others
Comparing oneself to others is a death trap. I can appear strong and amazing in the mirror at the gym until someone else arrives next to me who is smaller than me, fitter than me, or whatever, and I immediately feel bad about myself.
Don’t make the mistake of comparing yourself to others. Nothing to do with body image, relationships, or careers. Simply said, you are sufficient as you are.
9. By seeking outside validation
Looking for outside validation, such as comparing oneself to others, can be damaging, but we all do it. We can be sufficient for ourselves until someone says anything, at which point we are constantly seeking their validation, approval, and opinion of ourselves rather than being satisfied with our own affirmation.
For some reason, we always believe that obtaining approval from others is preferable to acting on our own instincts.
10. By failing to read
Read. Read a lot. Educate yourself and feed your mind with new ideas. It will help you broaden your thinking outside of the world you live in, and it can be crucial to your personal growth because reading a book can shift your entire perspective on life.
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