Sunday, 24 July 2016

26 tips for survival in your 20s.

26 tips for survival in your 20s.

1. Nurture relationships with (at least
four) close friends. You will need them
when the going gets rough.

2. Nurture relationshi7ps with old
professors. You will need them when
filling out job and school applications.

3. Break up with that person who is
wasting your time. Also, if your ex has
moved on, you should too.

4. Open a savings account and put 10% of
everything you make into it (even that
birthday money from Granny). Also,
establish a regular pattern of giving to
causes you believe in.

5. Eat a plant every day. At least,
something that grew from a plant: fruit,
vegetable, legume, etc.

6. Drink a glass of water in between each
alcoholic drink.

7. Stay active. Pick a sport or form of
exercise that you love/tolerate and
continue to do it throughout your 20’s.
You’re never too old to join a flag football
team, and never too young to join a
bowling league.

8. Perfect the art of kissing.

9. If it’s cold outside, wear reasonable
clothing. There’s a time and a place to be
cute, but let’s be real: pneumonia is never

10. Forgive people who hurt you in the
past. Ancient wounds will only eat you
alive. And those jerks have no right to
control your future.

11. Pay off your student loans by the time
you’re 30.

12. Get mono. If you survive it once,
you’re set for life.

13. Seek out a mentor – an older, wiser
person who has an objective view on your
life (preferably not your parents).

14. Get some good anti-virus and security
software on your computer.

15. Remember this: life is too short to
stay at parties that are lame.

16. Keep all your tax forms in one place,

so that you can pull out last year’s as
needed (yes, you can be audited in your

17. Emergency contacts. When you travel
(as we 20-somethings do), bring a card
with emergency contact numbers to be
able to cancel your credit cards and
phone. Keep this in a different place than
your passport, credit cards, and cell

18. Back up your computer files.
Technology fails.

19. Be humble. Clearly we DO know
everything in our 20’s, but humility will
sail you far in the real world.

20. Live as simply as possible. Having
less stuff frees you up to be able to pack
up and go wherever you want whenever
you want. Reducing your expenses allows
you to do the crazier stuff that makes
your 20’s memorable (see #17).

21. Do not live too far in the past (in
memories or regrets), nor too far in the
future (in expectations or anxieties). Be
present. Cultivate mindfulness, while
you’re eating, working, spending time with
friends, or suffering through another
holiday dinner with family.

22. Learn to cook. This is cheaper, easier,
and sexier than going out for food all the
time ... or than relying on your mom to
make your meals.

23. Pray. Find a mechanism to connect
with your spiritual side and be
unapologetic about it ... it’s like free
therapy any time you want!

24. Professional growth. We’ve all got to
pay our dues at crappy jobs, but if yours
is truly stealing your soul, give yourself a
time limit there. Your 20’s are too
precious to spend cooped up in an office
you hate. Also, take mental health days
when you need them!

25. Consider what your dream job is
before you get that tattoo . Are they

26. Don’t plan too far ahead. Do you have
a 10-year plan? That’ll change. If you put
all your trust in well-laid plans, you risk
falling to pieces if they do too.

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