1. Move around. Chances are you aren’t married and chances are you don’t have kids. So use your parents’ address as your legal address and get up and move around and explore the world and the people in it. If you’re still in college, study abroad, if you are looking for a new job, apply in different cities all over the place. If you happen to be lucky enough to work from home or have an extra chunk of change then what are you waiting for?
2. Learn how to make friends outside of the school system. Ever notice how easy it was to make friends when you were 6 vs. 16? You no longer want to be someone’s friend just because you both like the color green. As we get older we become set in our ways and set in a group of friends. When you attend school you automatically gravitate towards people and make new friends. Once people get out of school, making new friends comes to an abrupt halt. Start learning how to meet new people: at work, at seminars, join clubs, take up a hobby, go to the gym. Become an open, approachable person who’s goal is to constantly meet new people.
3. Try some personal development. It’s not weird… okay some of it can be… but not all of it. So give it a chance. It will better your life. Whether it be a book, a seminar, or a course. Constantly working to better yourself will help you, the people around you, and your outlook on life.
4. Go to a festival – a BIG festival, like Burning Man, Tomorrowland, Coachella, Mardi Gras, Future Music Festival, there are endless festivals all over the world. It’s a gigantic crowd of people that are solely there to have fun. Go, let loose, meet some new people, and have some fun. While you’re at it, road trip there (if you can) to make it even more of an adventure.
5. Network. Learn how to network. Build your network of people older and younger than you. Build your network all over the place not just in the state you live in. This will help you as you get older. You will know accountants, lawyers, doctors, marketers, hippies, physical fitness trainers, and psychologists that will one day help you or be able to give you advice when you really need it.
6. Figure out what you’re passionate about. Too many people wake up and realize they’re 52 years old and they hate their life, their job, and want to do something else but have no idea what that something else is. Everyone that tells you “Oh you’re still young, you have plenty of time, enjoy your youth, etc.” is feeding you bullshit. Yes take advantage of your youth and your high energy levels and network, experience life and figure out what the fuck you want to do with your life.
7. Realize it’s okay to dump friends. It sounds harsh but let’s be honest – just because you have known someone for most of your life does not mean it is a healthy, beneficial relationship to keep. If anything it could be bringing you down and holding you back in life. If you wanted an anchor or crutch you can go out and find yourself one when you decide you want one. Getting rid of the Debbie Downer’s just makes more room for the Positive Pamela’s.
8. Stop caring about what other people think. No but really. STOP caring about what other people think. Just be you, like the real you. Think about it. Why do you care if all the strangers at the mall look at you funny because of how you’re dressed today. Chances are you aren’t ever going to see ANY OF THEM ever again AND if you happen to intrigue a stranger to want to come and talk to you because of how you are dressed then that seems like a perfect way to meet people.
9. Take risks. Taking a risk on a job, starting a business, or living in a new culture where you don’t speak the language is MUCH easier when you’re 25 rather than 45. You have much less responsibilities, you probably don’t own that much and you have less to lose. So take risks in life. Whether you fail or succeed at least you gave it a shot and experienced and learned something new.
10. Do crazy shit. Jump out of a plane, go scuba diving, climb a mountain, do some drugs, run a marathon, take a hot air balloon ride, or enter a pie eating contest. The time is now, you’re at your prime age, just go do some crazy shit that you can add to your bucket list.
11. Learn a unique skill. Juggle, surf, fly a plane, learn magic tricks, master black jack, or learn jiu jitsu. Learning new things is easier the younger you are and it also enhances your brain.
12. Learn another language. If you already speak multiple languages than learn another one. Learning another language is not only practical but it enhances your knowledge and enhances your memory. The older you get the more difficult it becomes to learn a new language so the sooner you learn one the better.
13. Care about your body both inside and out. Yes you are still “young” and you don’t have a bunch of health problems (yet!) so how you treat your body now will effect your body as you age. Stop eating crap. Exercise, get fresh air, and eat good food. Our generation has grown up with factory farmed meat, video games instead of playing outdoors, tanning beds, and a mass amount of radiation around us every single day. How do you think all of that adds up our health as we age? It’s going to SUCK. So start caring about your body, your skin, your bones and organs.
14. Join a cause. Whether its to help out at an animal shelter or give $10 a month to cancer research of your choice you should do it. Join a revolution. Go build houses for people less fortune than you. Stand up for what you believe in. Too many young people don’t care enough. Fight for something you care about or believe in – not only will you help others but you will be helping yourself.
15. Go a week without technology. We have grown up in a generation with the internet, phones, computers, and iPods. Go a week without technology. It will feel refreshing and make you appreciate everything you have at your fingertips.
16. Learn how to manage, invest, and save money. The school systems do an awful job at teaching kids about money. If you were lucky and had parents who saw this as an important lesson, than feel lucky. The majority of 20 something year olds still have no idea how to manage with their own finances. Learn these skills RIGHT NOW. You will be happy you did as you get older.
17. Sleep more. Yes, we are lucky that in our 20s we still have energy like the energizer bunny. We can work all day, workout, and then go party do it all again the next day off 3 hours of sleep. Just because we can do this does not mean it is good for us. Getting the proper amount of sleep is what is going to keep you feeling and looking younger; it will keep your brain and body healthy and well and in turn will help as we age.
18. Learn how to have healthy relationships. I’m not saying go get married tomorrow or that your priority should be in search for the love of your life BUT you should learn and have some serious healthy relationships. Too many people just spend their 20s hooking up and partying and then they turn 35 and realize they have no idea how to have a committed, healthy romantic relationship and yet they want to get married and reproduce. This is where divorces and unhappy families come in. So learn to love, be committed and respect another human in your 20s.
19. Show gratitude. Appreciate the world around you, where you live, and the people you have in your life. Be thankful for your life and everything in it. Gratitude increases your happiness levels and also makes others happy – and who DOESN’T want to be happy? I’m not saying have Thanksgiving every week but what I am saying is tell and show the people in your life that you are thankful for them. Take time more often than you do now to reflect upon all the things you are thankful for.
20. Make the most of it. Your 20s are going to fly by so make the most of it. You’ll be upset when you are turning 30 or 40 and you think to yourself “fuck, why didn’t I do that or start that.” So be conscious, have fun, and make the most of your prime 10 years on this earth.