I may look back on this and laugh at what I thought I knew after 25, but right now I think turning 26 is that age where you know your womanhood and the power that is included (oh yes, there’s power). That intuition and strength only grows like a superpower as you age. I have made it to that mid-to-late 20’s bracket and this wisdom may just help you. That’s right I am wise, I am an adult and if you are in your 20’s it’s time you own up to being an adult as well. As un-fun this may be it will benefit you in the long run.
Top 10 Lessons Learned by Your Mid 20’s
1. You Don’t Live in this World Alone.
We all owe it to help one another. There are disparities and lack of equity in this world; it is each of our responsibility to give back. Research a cause you care about and donate, volunteer in any way possible, it will make you a better person. I have included photos of how I was blessed to spend my birthday at the Susan G. Komen Global Race/ Washington, DC Race; I have been walking the race for the cure to fund breast cancer programs and research for 3 years and I have worked for a non-profit for 4 years. I also donate to children in under-developed countries. You will not only learn but grow. Public Health is my passion. Find yours.
2. Fake it Till You Make It (It Works!).
Confidence will get you very far in life. People think I am fearless or am not phased by failure, that isn’t true but I do wholeheartedly believe in myself. If you are not there yet; it is hard however, it will get you that job you want, the date with the hottie down the hall, they say confidence is key and it really opens doors.
3. Don’t be Afraid to Take Risks.
Always take risk because the worst may happen regardless, I like to ask myself what is the worst that can happen? Next time you take a risk think about your worry… Does the worst case scenario outweigh the best? Or the unknown? When you are vulnerable or taking a risk it can be unnerving but very rewarding.
4. Love is Real.
You’re too young to allow yourself to be jaded by love. Be very selective of who you decide to love and then go about it genuinely. Make sure the person loves you how you want to be loved and speak the same love language.
5. Work Hard.
Work really fucking hard.
You’re young and smart, millenials are not all entitled brats; we’re smart, innovative & savvy!
6. You’ll be Someone’s Favorites and Someone’s Hated.
Don’t constantly seek the approval of others, its perfectly fine to be disliked. It’s hard to be constantly pleasing others and you will do it at your own detriment. Say no, and move on. If everyone likes me… I know I am doing it wrong. Just don’t get sucked into Social Media drama, save the Facebook updates for your momma.
7. If You Don’t Know Something Find Out (seriously, there is Google).
8. No Time for Regrets.
I wish I payed more attention in Spanish class. Life is too short to be constantly wishing you lived differently. One regret you will have is ruining your credit. Always Pay Back Your Debts.
9.Watch TED Talks.
TED talks are the best thing that will happen to you, you can learn, laugh and debate from your room with the brightest people in the world. They have a million subjects to explore. Nerd it up here.
10. Pay it Forward.
I still make mistakes and hope to grow and learn but I have already learned there are things that I am not good at; one thing particular is that I loose everything. This weekend on my birthday I lost my wallet with cash, debit card and iPhone 6 all in it. Some nice person dropped it off at my house with everything in it; if for some strange way she’s reading this… I love you girl! I will pay it forward and you have refilled my faith in peoples ability to do good. I want to take you to Frozen Yogurt anytime because Karma is real!
I am paying it forward now! Don’t forget to enter The Surprise Birthday Giveaway!!!! You may win.