I was only 20 when I graduated from college, ready to take on a new career, challenges, responsibilities and experiences. Here are a few pieces of wisdom that I have learned since then and if I could, I would share them with my 20 year-old self.
|My 20 year-old self just out of school|
2) Plan for the Future – While this point may seem to contradict the last, it is important to strike a balance in life and be aware that decisions made today will impact our lives down the road. Retirement may seem like a long way off to your 20-something self but starting an RRSP, investments, or some sort of savings plan will pay off sooner than you think. Whatever the vision for your future is, a dollar saved today will make that dream easier to achieve. On a typical 20-something salary saving money can seem overwhelming. So start small and as your salary increases so should your savings. Do this before you get used to spending your new sum on an increased cost of living.
3) Take Time for Yourself – I think that living alone is something that everyone should experience. Perhaps this is because I never did. But I think that being confident that you can make it on your own is an important step in finding the right people to spend your time with. Whether you are looking for friendship or love, knowing that you can be alone allows you to save your time for the right people that add value to your life.
|Facing fear by skydiving, of course|
5) Don’t Make Assumptions – We can be guilty of passing judgment as to why those around us make the choices they do. It’s common to let our personal values; motivations and insecurities shape our opinions of why others make their decisions. Not sure why your friend missed your birthday party? Just ask; chances are the real reason isn’t nearly as dramatic as what you’ve dreamed up.
|Toasting my 30th Birthday @ Terroni's|
What would you tell your 20 year-old self?
Erin Helcl is a Toronto-based blogger of Urban Thirty Something. Check out her site!