I recently turned twenty-four. 2. 4. That’s MID TWENTIES. I spent the week leading up to my birthday having an unnecessary panic attack and when my birthday passed, I didn’t feel any different. You should embrace life at every age but if you’re a 20-something, here’s my advice to surviving your own mid-twenties crisis (because really, it’s not a crisis).
1. Create something
No matter how many hours you work to pay your bills, you can still make time to create something that is only yours. Figure out what makes you tick, because right now we have the energy to work and play. And beyond that, we have the time to make something out of anything. Paint. Draw. Sing. Dance. Live with wolves and write a book about it. Whatever you’ve always wanted to try, now is the time.
2. Try a million jobs
In your 20s, it’s okay to have a sporadic resume. You’re figuring out what you want to do, what you don’t want to do and what you’re really good at. If you’re not done with school, chances are you will be soon and then it’s time to ditch the homework and start experimenting.
3. Move to a new city
You can move to a new city because most of us 20-somethings aren’t tied down to a spouse or mega career (yet). I learned from living in New York City that it wasn’t entirely for me, but I came back with some of my closest friends and a totally new outlook on my career.
4. Go out. Date.
Embrace every hangover, house party and junk food binge. We are so young. If you’re single, bask in your alone time because eventually it will belong to a partner and maybe a family. Date all kinds of people. Go outside your usual “type” and you just MIGHT fall in love. But do yourself a favor and fall in love with life along the way.
5. Be a sponge
As hard as you work, as much as you plan, you’re probably not where you thought you’d be. Isn’t that fu**ing exhilarating? Maybe your job sucks or maybe it’s the best ever, but either way ask yourself WHY. Learn from your coworkers, and not just their career knowledge but their personalities and behaviors, too. Identify the personality traits you’d like to exemplify. Our options are only expanding and our decisions are only getting more difficult. You’re not supposed to know everything and all you can do is your best.
Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @patiaaa for more Single in the City insight.