Your 20s are the best time to see what life has to offer. In this chapter of your life, you’ll be out from under your parents’ thumb, and you’ll have the freedom to do what you want. But with that freedom comes responsibility.
During this time, you’ll likely be finishing up your education and starting your career. This is a time when you can experiment and try new things. You may be tempted to move out of your parents’ home and strike out on your own, but don’t be too hasty. It’s important to establish some stability before making such a big change.
How to make the most of your free time
Once you’ve got your own space, it’s easy to get lazy and let yourself go. Now is the time to work on building several key elements of your life – your career, relationships with family and friends, and finances. This means you’ll have to make some sacrifices.
For example, you won’t be able to spend every waking moment partying with your friends. Because if you do, you’ll have to go out early the next morning looking disheveled for that meeting with your boss about that promotion. And that’s simply not an option if you’re trying to build a career.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time off responsibly. If you enjoy cooking, why not use your free evenings to experiment with new recipes? Or if you love sports, join a recreational team in your community. You could also use this time to go on blind dates and experience new things.
How to make the most of your financial freedom
The saying goes “money can’t buy happiness,” but it sure does help. It’s important to establish a solid foundation before you truly become financially independent. And by this, it means you should have at least enough savings built up that you could live off of them for a few months if you were to suddenly lose your job.
If you don’t have any savings yet, this is the time to start building them up. The first step would be to take advantage of your employer-matched 401k plan and put as much money into it as possible – this way, you’re essentially saving for retirement while also getting a huge tax break.
After that, you could put the rest of your savings into other investment vehicles, like stocks or real estate. But remember to do your research before investing in anything because these marketplaces are fairly volatile.
How to make the most of your social time
You’ve already left home and are living on your own, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop seeing your family. Now is the time to form new relationships with friends and help mend some relationships you’ve neglected throughout college.
But you won’t be able to do this if you’ve been ignoring your family. So no more canceling on Thanksgiving because your friends want to go out and you’re not about to pass up a night of drinking for a meal with your family. Besides, that’s just rude.
Bringing friends over on Friday nights is fun, but sometimes after a long week of work, you’ll want to stay in and relax. That’s OK too. As long as you’re spending time with your friends, the venue doesn’t really matter. Your youth should be spent on making lifelong memories, so try to achieve the elusive work-life balance from the get-go.
How to make the most of your romantic life
Your twenties are a time for exploration and growth. You’re finally out of your parents’ house, which means you’re free to do whatever you want. But that’s not an excuse to shirk your responsibilities, or your relationships, for that matter.
Just because you’re busy building your career and navigating your 20s doesn’t mean you should neglect your romantic life. So, if you’re struggling to find meaningful connections on the dating apps, you might want to consider using matchmaking services.
As long as you’re meeting new people, you’ll never be lonely. While it may not be the time to settle down, it is a good time to experiment with relationships. Make as many new connections as you can so that when the time comes to pick a significant other, you’ll have your pick of the litter.
Sure, this newfound freedom can be exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. But on the other hand, the world is your oyster; you can do anything you want. You don’t need anyone’s permission to take a trip to Europe or dabble in new hobbies. If you make the most of your 20s, it will be time well spent. And if you don’t, at least you’ll have made plenty of mistakes by then to learn from.