Hello SOTGC community,
LEARNING! Now this is a word that I know well. Not only because of my work experience as a Learning and Education Specialist but mainly because that’s what I’ve been doing all during my twenties! Here are some things I want to share as you journey through your twenties.
Travel. And do it often. Whether it’s with your friends, family, significant other, or by yourself, just go somewhere new and different. You don’t even have to travel internationally to dive into an unfamiliar place. In my twenties, I visited Boston with my boyfriend and best friend, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. The busy streets and the diverse cultures reminded me of a scene straight out of a movie. We explored American history in real life and stopped by Chinatown to taste foreign cuisines. I also went to Savannah, Ga., by myself for a weekend where I spent time frolicking on the beach enjoying a Georgia summer, ruined shoes from walking on the cobblestone streets, and basked in Southern charm.
Eat. But eat better. I am proud to say that in my twenties, I have opened my mind and my taste buds to all different types of foods that I was too picky to try before. I also took pride in what I ate and found ways to incorporate healthier, fresher, and better foods for myself. I made friends with foodies and begged them to bring me to their favorite restaurants. I tried Peruvian dishes, Mediterranean snacks, and learned to cook Indian dishes. I have also made it a point to turn my cheek to those college meals that came from a box or a can (don’t get me wrong though, I still can’t resist my ice cream and Cheetos here and there). I find great deals by visiting local farmers and fill my body with nutrient-rich fruits and veggies rather than sodium, hormones, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. I urge you to try eating better (where you can) and watch what it can do to your health and happiness!
Save. For the short term and the long term. God bless the souls who can just naturally and easily save money because I can spend money like it’s nobody’s business. However, I have learned that it’s pretty important to start your retirement fund as soon as possible. Retirement might seem far away, but the average person should save at least $400k to live comfortable at the age of retirement (this will probably increase by the time I retire). I started saving a little late in the game, but I wanted to buy my own car, which I accomplished because I saved. My next goal is to buy my own home, which I am working on saving for. Emergency funds are also important to have even if it’s just an extra $1,000 that you set aside. My dog got sick and had to go to the vet. It was pricey but I was fortunate that I had some money saved up to not impact my normal living expenses.
Friendships. Keep them alive. Finding friends becomes more difficult as you get older, and keeping friendships alive can sometimes take a back burner to other responsibilities in your life. This is one of my current struggles as a twenty-something. My friends have moved to different places, values have shifted, and we are all in different points in our lives; but don’t forget about your friends when it’s so easy to. I am in a group text with a few of my closest friends and everyday, someone shares a cute picture or tells a random story so that we are always in contact with each other, even if it’s just something funny that happened to one of us earlier that day. I also make it a point to call one of my friends randomly when I’m making my 30-minute drive home (used to be 15 before I moved) just to check in. What else am I going to do right? I have gone more than a year without talking to some old friends when I decided that I needed to keep the friends that I valued. They were thrilled to catch up, and it wasn’t as weird as I thought it was going to be.
As simple as these tips sound, I didn’t start my twenties knowing it all; I learned. Wishing I had known then what I know now, I couldn’t not share these tidbits with you!
What have you learned in your twenties that you wish to share? Repost this message with something that you learned and help improve the experience for other twenty-somethings.