Daily Blog #360
Let’s face it, life probably isn’t going the way that you imagined it would go when you were a child. Paying bills is more stressful than you thought they would be, you probably don’t have that dream job that you always imagined yourself having (yet), and life as a whole just feels… different.
If I’m honest, the hardest part of adulting for me is having to do my own laundry and cook meals that don’t taste like cardboard. Half of the time I don’t even do my laundry (thank goodness for actually having nice sisters), and the majority of the time my meals either come from a plastic bag in the frozen section of the grocery store or from takeout.
As a twenty-five-year-old, though, I’m not supposed to have life figured out. Granted nothing happens to me and I live the average life expectancy, I have realistically only been living a third of my life. I still have two-thirds to go. If I had it all figured out, what would the purpose be for living those two-thirds?
Look, there are going to be times where you feel like giving up on yourself, times where life seems too stressful to handle, and a lot of times where you are going to fall flat on your face. That doesn’t mean that you give up, does it?! Hell no! It means that you get right back up and go after it again.
Here are 7 life tips for the 20-somethings out there, and some things to remember.
7 life tips for the 20-somethings
1. You are still young
As I said, you still have approximately two-thirds of our lives ahead of you. Now, this doesn’t mean that you sit back and wait for anything. It means that you go out there, take a chance on yourself, don’t be afraid to fail, and learn from your mistakes. It is only when you learn that you will grow.
2. Everybody makes mistakes
It doesn’t matter who it is that you look up to in life, know that they have made mistakes, and still do on a daily basis. But what separates successful individuals from others, is their willingness to get right back up, to keep fighting, and to never give up no matter how difficult a challenge may be.
3. Perfection is nonexistent
This one is going to be a real dagger in the heart to accept, I know, but remember that perfection doesn’t exist. You are not perfect, and you are never going to be perfect. So instead of striving for perfection, accept that you will never be, learn to move on, and simply strive to be your best. You will be surprised at how incredible your best is.
4. Feeling pain is normal
We all go through difficult times in life. Whether it is a bad break up, the loss of a job, or mental illness(s) that can leave you feeling isolated, never forget that there are others who have felt similar pain. And remember that like them, you too are strong enough to overcome any obstacle that stands in your way.
5. You are not alone
Again, as I said, others feel your pain. Don’t try to fight your battles alone. Seek help, ask questions, meet new people, and create new relationships. There are millions of other people that are right around you. You don’t need to go through life alone, or even fight your battles on your own. But you do need to be willing to seek help when you need it. Remember, there is nothing wrong with asking for help.
6. Take risks
The only way that you are going to progress is if you break out of your comfort zone and take some risks on yourself. Say yes to opportunity, yes to adventure, and yes to new relationships. If your life isn’t currently where you want it to be (as it shouldn’t), then you need to be willing to do something more than what you are currently doing. So take some risks and believe.
7. Work hard
While you still have two-thirds of your life ahead of you, realize that right now, you are also laying the foundation for the rest of your life. What you do today will play a role in how your future shapes out. So keep your head down, stay focused, and hustle.
Final thoughtsLife is never going to go exactly how you imaged it would. Learn to live for the moment, adapt to changes as they come, and make the most out of every opportunity that you have in front of you. Oh yeah, and be the best that you can be. You are pretty damn awesome just the way that you are, and never let anybody tell you differently.