25 things you’ll experience about life after 25

25 things you’ll experience about life after 25

By now you probably thought you’d have your entire life figured out and planned down to a T, and kudos to you if you do. But if you’re like me you’ve probably realized that you can spend months or even years drafting the schematics of your life, but at the end of the day life has a funny way of giving you exactly what you need and taking away what you don’t. I've learned more in 25 years of living than any academic institution can ever teach me, so I decided to share some of my insights with you.

  1. Your grades don't mean a thing. Trust me. Not once has an employer asked me about my grades, because frankly, there’s more to being a good employee than how well you succeeded academically. This leads me to my next point...
  2. It's okay to take an extra year to graduate. I did. Everyone learns at a different pace, so don’t let that discourage you. Just because I finished last doesn’t mean I gave up.
  3. Don't settle for mediocre friends, jobs, love, relationships, and life. It's just not worth investing in if they're not making you happy.
  4. Appreciate the people who care about you. Money and jobs will come and go, but time is something you can never get back.
  5. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Please make sure you take care of yourself.
  6. It's okay to spend money on things that make you happy. Life is too short to not have the underwear, the coffee, or the haircut you want.
  7. Friends will come and go. Sometimes without fault or without reason, relationships will deteriorate. It will happen when you're six, it will happen when you're sixty.
  8. Everyone, including your family, your co-workers, and your best friend will talk about you behind your back. And you'll talk about them too, it doesn't mean you don't love each other.
  9. Make life easier for those around you, not harder. Hold the door open for the person behind you, or invite the new co-worker to lunch on their first day. It takes less effort to be a decent human being than to be a nasty one.
  10. Time heals (almost) all wounds. But some cuts and scars you'll have to carry with you for the rest of your life.
  11. Success means different things to different people. Don't look down on someone whose dreams and aspirations aren't as extravagant as yours. At the end of the day, success is what makes an individual feel accomplished.
  12. You can't have it all. And you shouldn't want to, because that's the quickest way to bring unhappiness into your life.
  13. Start saving as soon as you can. Sure you're only 25 now, but the sooner you start saving the less you'll have to worry about in the future.
  14. Bring a notebook to every meeting. Trust me. And write down everything you don't understand to clarify later.
  15. Always choose people over salary. People matter more because the cost of working with jerks is too great. Once you've worked for an incompetent tyrant who is all about themselves, you'll never choose money over a leader again.
  16. Check-in on your parents to tell them you love them. Don't forget that while you're busy growing up, they're also growing old.
  17. Things almost always never go according to plan. More often than not, nothing goes the way I plan it to. Have a general idea of what you want, but just make sure you're flexible with how you get there.
  18. Once you've hit rock bottom, the only place you can go is up. Six months ago I got fired, and I had no idea how I would turn my life around. But rock bottom became the foundation on which I rebuilt my life. Now I've got a better job, better leaders, and a better salary.
  19. Confront people when you've got an issue with them. People can't read minds, so if you've got an issue with someone, tell them instead of talking about it behind their back.
  20. Know your credit score. And keep it high. Pay your bills on time. Practice responsibility now and try to have as little debt as possible.
  21. You're only human. You don't have to have it together every minute of every day. Cry if you have to, break down if you have to, it's okay.
  22. Forgive, but never forget. Forgive those that have wronged you, but never forget the valuable lessons they taught you.
  23. Don't be afraid to fail. People learn from failure just as much as they do from success.
  24. Don't compare yourself to other people. It's hard to not be envious of people who are 10 times as successful as you are, but remember that everyone is going at their own pace. Comparing yourself to others will only make you miserable.
  25. It's okay to have no idea what you're doing with your life. Most of us are winging it anyway. I still don't even know if marketing is my passion yet, and yeah that terrifies me, but I'm just going with the flow for now.

Your twenties are a huge growth period in life. You change from being a child to being an independent adult. You do a lot of growing up and maturing, I know I certainly did. But your experiences make you who you are today, and you should be grateful for all the ups and downs that life has thrown your way so far.

But for now.. I'm still just trying to process that I'm closer to 30 now than I am to 20.

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