Your twenties can be great. For the first time, you probably have a bit of money, and with a degree in the bank and your looks at their peak, it can seem that the world really is your oyster, even if you'll never have enough money to own your own home or pay silly money for stupid retro toasters.
Yep, the life of a twentysomething has changed dramatically, and though you may be able to take advantage of cheaper tourism and own a vast array of technologies the likes of which have never been seen before, you're unlikely to be able to afford much else, which is why it's important to live life to the fullest in your twenties, because life won't always be as fun as it is now.
With that said, here are ten things every twenty-something should be before it's too late.
1. Travel the world
You may never be rich in monetary terms, but you can be rich in other ways, and traveling is arguably the best to go about this. After all, we live in a time where travel is cheaper than ever and no one 30 years ago could have ever envisioned prices would be so competitive and as we're only on this beautiful Earth for a limited amount of years, it's important we see as much of it as we can.
Moreover, you're unlikely to have a family to prioritize, allowing you take off whenever you feel like it, which won't be the case if you do eventually have a family to take care of later in your life.
2. Enjoy being single
Being single doesn't have the stigma it once had. If anything, being a lothario or a sassy Samantha has never been more envied. And with the advent of Tinder and other dating apps, young people in their 20s have a plethora of opportunities to mingle. But that's not to discount the power of true love. We all want that feeling, but when you're a young and free spirit, what's the rush?
You save money. You don't have to worry about the circling wolves in nightclubs trying to get with your partner every time your head turns. Most of all, you can focus on your wants and needs and discover more about yourself before giving yourself to someone else.
3. Learn the importance of saying no
Everyone, including lifestyle websites like Lifehack Lane, often tell you that it's important to be more open and to say yes to everything that comes your way, when, on reflection, that isn't always good. So long as you're open to new things and comfortable in the direction you're going, you don't need to be a Yes Man or Women. Instead, it's those who say no that often get more from life.
Why? Because they often know what things they will benefit from and what they things they won't.
4. Don't jump into a job or profession
After graduating college, millennials tend to take the first job they're offered because it means job security and money, even if the job happens to be really boring and not align with their interests one bit.
Yes, life is hard, and we can't all get paid to do what we love, but that shouldn't mean we give up on that idea altogether. So focus on your passions and see how best you can make them into a career. It may mean taking a lower paid job in a shop or cafe, but by doing this, you'll give yourself more time to assess your true calling in life.
5. Don't be afraid to get your heart broken
It's a terrible feeling. You can't eat. Conversing with others proves nigh on impossible and your heart feels empty and drained. But to borrow a famous phrase, "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."
Indeed, the great British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson was spot on because to love someone is the greatest feeling in the world, and just because you lost it doesn't mean it wasn't special. So while it's good to be single and enjoy yourself, you shouldn't close yourself from love either if you think it's the right thing to do, despite the fact that many relationships- especially during your 20s- rarely go the distance.
6. Take risks
Unless you're planning to be a bachelor for a long time, you're probably going to be tied down by the time you're in your early 30s which is why being selfish and furthering your own interests in your 20s is so important.
You'll also have more energy to do the things you want whether that's starting your own business, progressing as high up the career ladder or even investing money in a certain project. Whatever it is, it's comforting to know the risks you take impact only you and not others, so why not take advantage of this before you begin to look for a more serious relationship?
7. Learn something new
We tend to think that after we reach adulthood it's impossible to learn something new. But it's never too late.
Learning something new will make you feel like you are taking control in your life and giving it a sense of meaningfulness, whether that be learning a new language or attempting to learn guitar for the umpteenth time.
8. Make a list
Lists can be a great way to discover more about yourself and your goals going forward, and it's no surprise that F.Scott Fitzgerald's most famous literary creation Jay Gatsby adhered to a list he had written in his earlier years.
A list doesn't have to mean a regimented life, but it can instill a greater sense of purpose in your life and give you more clarity as to what it is you actually want from life in a period that can often be daunting and confusing at the best of times.
9. Prioritise who your real friends are
How many people who you class as friends truly care about your well-being? It's an important question we should ask ourselves because it's no good hanging around with people that are bad influences or haven't got your best intentions in mind.
You might even have a lifelong friend who's always been a bit annoying and is clinging onto a friendship that no longer works for you. It doesn't make you a bad person to cut certain people from your life if you feel they don't benefit your existence, and it's important you remember that because our social groups are incredibly important, particularly during our 20s when many of us are still yet to settle down.
10. Put some money aside
Without sounding like your parents, it's not advisable to spend every pay cheque on a night out or an array of fancy clothes. Sure, being clad in nice clothes and drinking alcohol makes you feel good, but it's a temporary buzz, and these things aren't exactly going to benefit you in the long run.
So why not make some changes? If you went out once a month instead of once a week and limited your other spending habits (even bringing your own lunch into work can save you heaps) then you could put a significant amount into a savings account and perhaps even invest it in something that could improve your life in the long run such as a property or capital for a business.
Whatever it is, think of something you'd like to achieve and work towards it by contributing to a savings account. And who knows? You might even outdo economist's expectations and find yourself in the rare and enviable position of being a rich and sensible millennial.