Things We Wish We Would Have Known at 20 Instead of 30

Don’t you wish you could go back and tell your younger self some important pieces of information? Like say, don’t go for that degree? Or don’t eat so many of those gross fruit pies because they are quick and convenient for breakfast? If you’re young, heed this advice! Here are the things we wish we would have known at the age of 20.

1. Start taking care of your body a little sooner.

You took your young and healthy body for granted. You didn’t exercise and you ate junk all the time. Now you’re getting a gut and you can’t seem to get rid of it. That’s because your body isn’t adapting as it did when you were younger. It’s not too late to get in shape though, it’ll only get harder as you get older.

2. Don’t get a credit card, or at least get one with a low credit limit.

Many of us wish we would have known not to get that credit card, just because we got approved and you wanted all those nice things. Instant gratification is really not your friend, especially when it comes to debt later on.

3. Start saving NOW.

Things will naturally get more expensive with inflation, and when you retire, you’re gonna need a nice nest egg. Save up some money, and when you have enough saved, stick it in a high interest savings account. By the time you’re 62, you’ll be pretty much set.

4. You don’t know what will happen tomorrow, tonight, next month, or next week.

Things can change dramatically in the blink of an eye. Nothing is more important than right here, right now, and if something is stressing you out, it will soon change.

5. The thing you like to do that you don’t think will actually make you money? Look into it a littler closer.

Passions CAN become careers. You don’t want a job that you hate going to every day. Make sure you have a job and a life that you don’t need to “escape” from.

6. If you think you want a kid, wait.

Some people get baby fever in their early to mid 20’s. You might see how your friends just LOVE being parents, but you’re not seeing first hand what it’s like. It’s really hard, so just live your childless life some more first.

7. You don’t need to have your life together at 22, or even 29.

The biggest stress on people in their mid 20’s is the feeling that they should have it all together by now. If you’re working at McDonald’s, you left college because you decided your degree wasn’t for you, and you moved back with your parents. That actually sounds like a good starting point for something better.

8. Don’t settle.

Don’t settle for less than what you really want. You want to be a doctor but you’re still a medical assistant. Go back to school! If you’d rather be an artist, start arting!

9. Don’t move out of your parents’ house until you’re 100% ready (not at 18!)

Whoever came up with that “you have to move out at 18!” myth obviously grew up in the 1920’s or something. Life is hard on your own, and everything is expensive. You’ll probably end up moving back in a few months. Just work and get yourself established first, and save your money.

10. Revel in your good looks.

You might think this is a joke, or that you don’t look good, but trust us, you’re going to look worse later. Take some selfies. Post them on the internet. You look super cute.

11. “What others think of you is none of your business.” – Deepak Chopra

Seriously, it’s a waste of your time to even worry about it. Your opinion of you is the only one that really matters.

12. Don’t just jump into college just because the degree sounds promising.

Student loan debt is insane, and depending on your degree, it’s not always as easy as getting the job straight out of college.

13. Enjoy being single.

You might feel a little lonely sometimes, but being single has its perks. Studies show that single people take care of themselves more, because they are living for themselves. You don’t have to answer to anybody!

14. Don’t be afraid to change your career.

It’s never too late to make a big career change. If something new sparks your interest, look into it and don’t waste any time. BTW, you can throw #12 out the window if it’s something you’re passionate about.

15. Don’t let the world, society, the media, or anyone brainwash you.

They will try to tell you how to think and how to dress and how to act. Do what makes you happy, as long as it’s not hurting anyone.

16. Be careful who you vent to.

People can be treacherous, it’s sad but true. They can take what you say in confidence and use it against you. This is usually true of coworkers.

17. Trying to act cool or fit in is a waste of your precious time.

Don’t worry about being “in”. It really is a waste of time, and sometimes a waste of money! Peer pressure isn’t just a high school thing.

18. Start hoarding stuff that will be useful when you do move out.

When you do move out, you’re going to want a few things. Cleaning supplies, furniture, a toaster, other things that you wouldn’t think of until you need them. Start collecting long before you move out of your parents’ house.

19. Don’t take rejection personally.

So that person decided they don’t want to date you. It just means they weren’t right for you. When the right person comes along, they will want you.

20. Call your mom/dad and grandma/grandpa/great aunt/uncle more often.

These people won’t be around forever, so give them a ring more than once a year. Unless your family member is a true scum bag, you might be able to learn a lot from them.