Things I would tell my 20-year-old self

1. It’s okay to work on a job you hate for a while.

It’s fine. You may not find the right fit right away. Your 20s are for meandering, for experimenting. They are for gaining experience.

2. Practice saying NO to toxic people in your life.

I can not emphasize enough its importance to say no to people, to situations that drain your energy. We are taught to be so nice to the world around us that we accidentally forget to take care of our own self.

3. Spend money on experiences and not things

Things have a shelf life. Experiences live on forever in your memory. It’s one of those things you won’t’ figure out until you’ve spent a lot of money on things.

4. Drink water

Most of us have partied all through our 20s. Drink alcohol if you must, but make sure you drink as much water. Don’t skip meals. Wear that sunscreen when you step out of the home. Whatever matches with your value system and logic of taking healthy measures for your body and mind. Do it.

5. It's a marathon. Not a sprint.

Life does not end once you turn 30. In fact, with age and experience, you will find yourself thriving, making decisions that align better with your values, in turn leading to deeper satisfaction.

6. People come and go

You will realize that there is only so much you can do to keep hold of loved ones in your life. Sometimes, people will leave you, and sometimes you will outgrow them. It’s as natural as seasons that come and go.

7. Get comfortable with the mundane

Most of life is filled with simple ordinary moments that don’t stir up any emotions. The faster you make peace with it, the better you will learn to appreciate life.

8. If it’s important to you, it’s worth your attention

Those little/big things, call it beliefs or weird quirks that you do or follow that don’t make sense to people around you?

9. Follow your intuition. Always.

That nagging feeling at the back of your mind that you can’t explain. The one that steers you towards and away from situations. Learn to imbibe it. It’s your well-wisher.

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Prachi Garg

Prachi Garg

Product Designer. An experimentalist at heart, fascinated by human behavior and an advocate of healthy living. https://www.gargprachi.com