Today I’m sharing 20 things to do in your twenties – my version!
My twenties so far have definitely been…tough, crazy and intense. I’ve learnt a lot already, and I’m grateful for all the lessons. I finished University, started my PhD, got a life threatening illness, recovered from said sickness, and now I’m almost finished with my Doctorate!
There is definitely A LOT to learn in your twenties. I think it’s a time for massive personal and individual growth. Life changes drastically from your teens to your twenties, and there are definitely some tough learning curves. BUT it’s not all gloom and doom! It’s an exciting decade, with many firsts and new experiences. I’ve learnt a lot about myself, and getting to know yourself is definitely a big part of your twenties.
So here are the top 20 things I think that you need to do during your twenties!
20 things to do in your twenties
Your twenties are definitely a weird, exciting, sometimes scary and altogether crazy decade! I know I’ve had my share of ups and downs already! Here is my list of 20 things I think you should do in your twenties. I really hope you enjoy, and please do let me know what you think! What advice and tips would you give someone for their twenties? Or what do you hope to achieve during your twenties? Let me know!
Hope you enjoy!
1. Learn how to cook properly
This one is obvious really. Don’t be one of those people that can’t even feed themselves properly and has a shameful diet of takeout chips and grease every day. Quick meals, batch cooking, packed lunches, fancy dinners, and whatever else takes your fancy! Try your hand at new things and don’t be afraid to test a new recipe. I’ve got some baking recipes too if you want to make your own baked healthy goodies!
2. Travel alone
Whether it’s a road trip, a city break or a proper backpacking adventure, take a moment and discover somewhere new by yourself. Drive, fly or take a train by yourself and go on a solo adventure, and just enjoy the journey. I went on my first solo trip after a conference in Australia when I was 23, and it was amazing!
3. Start a savings account
I can’t stress this enough. Save. And then save some more. Open a savings account if you don’t already have one. Spend a few hours reading up on some banking options which are available to you, and start saving. The sooner the better. And my biggest piece of advice? Save on the day you get paid. If you get paid £250, put away £150. Work out your budget AFTER you’ve put money away, and don’t just put whatever is left at the end of the month away. It’s never going to be as much!
4. Learn a language
No! It’s NOT too late! Not at all! Learning a new language can be super fun and exciting, especially if it’s for a partner, friend or for a new place you’re travelling to! I love the learning app memrise. So far I’ve used it to learn Spanish and brush up on my French, and it’s been so easy and so much fun!
5. Start a new hobby
Or get back in touch with an old one! Your twenties are a great time to find your passion. I recently started sewing again, and omg! I’m a lot better at it now than I was 10 years ago. You never know what is going to spark that creativity, so you might as well do it while you’re young!
6. Spend time with your family
Your relationship with your family definitely changes after your teenage years. It will keep developing as you get older, but I think there is a huge change between 21 to around 26/27. Get to know your parents and your siblings as adults, and your interactions will be a lot more meaningful too.
7. Don't be afraid to follow your dreams
Your twenties are the time to explore your dreams and find your passions! Whether you want to go to university or start your own business or start a blog(!). Try it, follow your dreams! I wanted to do a PhD in Physics which you can read a little bit about. Remember you’re still young, and this is your time to discover yourself.
8. Look after your health
This one is so important. When I was 23, I got Legionnaires’ disease. I was told I had a 30% chance of survival, and it made me cherish my health. There is NOTHING more important than your health and wellbeing, so look after it. Go to the doctor’s if something doesn’t feel right. Make sure to go to your routine check ups. And don’t forget to go to the dentist. Exercise, meditate and eat healthier. Your health is everything.
9. Learn to be on your own
Being by yourself, and not being bored, afraid or lonely is an important skill. I think that taking time for yourself gets more and more important, the older you get. You need time to recoup and decompress. It’s often a great time to think about what you want, and what you want to do for yourself. Self reflection is an important time, to grow as a person and assess your actions.
10. Read more
Reading is a fantastic way to increase your literary fluency, vocabulary and knowledge. Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, or anything. Read more, discover more about the world, and learn something new. If you’re looking for something to read, I’ve got a list of books to read.
11. Establish a daily skincare routine
Your twenties are all about prevention! Ageing in skin starts to accelerate as you get older, so try and keep your skin looking as youthful as possible by starting early. Prevention is key people! Even if it’s just making sure never to go to bed with makeup on, get a routine going. I have so much skincare advice here!
12. Learn to let go
Life is full of struggles and difficult moments. Especially when other people are concerned. People are complicated, and will always will be. They will disappoint you, hurt you, make you question everything and you may well do the same to others. And as the saying goes, it is the ones closest to you that end up hurting you the most. It’s important to learn to let go. Because people will ultimately disappoint you, so it really pays to let go. You’ll realise what’s important and what’s not worth holding on to.
13. Do something outside your comfort zone
If you don’t try something, you never know if you’re gonna love it! I went to a music festival for the first time in my life this year – Glastonbury! Although it’s really not my scene, I actually really enjoyed myself! I was TERRIFIED of the unhygienic campsite and toilets (eurgh!) but actually, I had a lot of fun and they didn’t bother me as much as I thought!
14. Put yourself first
This is your story, and your life. Don’t be afraid to run it your way! People can be manipulative, pushy and judgemental. But don’t be scared or worried to do you. Go for your dreams and passions, and don’t feel bad about thinking about what you want to do.
15. Practice self care
I’ve been trying to practice more self care. It’s a good way to check in with yourself, and look after your body and mind. The busier we get, the less time we have for ourselves. We seem to be better at making time for other people, but not so much for ourselves. I’ve listed some reasons why you should practice self care here. Journalling is another fantastic way to check in, and be sure to head over to my journal prompts for self care for some writing motivation and ideas.
16. Discover a new culture
17. Look after your mental health
It was in my early twenties that I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD. I talked about my experience with OCD here, and I hope it will help others seek help. The stigma around mental health issues need to be broken. But just because the stigma exists, doesn’t mean you need to be afraid of reaching out. Mental health affects daily life, so don’t hold back. See your doctor, or talk about it with close family and friends. You can read more about it from the mental health foundation.
18. Eat adventurously
Try something new! Do you always find yourself cooking the same meals? Going to the same odl restaurants? Ordering the same thing? Go out of your comfort zone, try a new dish or cuisine! Because remember, if you don’t try, you never know. You might find your next foodie obsession!
19. Move out
In my university myth busting post, I said that moving out isn’t necessary for a good university experience. And that’s true! But having said that, I do think it is important to live on your own in your twenties. I don’t mean completely alone, but outside of your family home. Having flatmates is a great way to learn about other people too. There will be difficult situations and scenarios you’re forced to face which always acts as a lesson!
20. Love yourself
Because why not! You’re the most important person. Number 1. So love yourself, you deserve it. Every single thing that happened, good or bad, you got past it, learnt from it, took from it. That’s why you’re here now. And you can be grateful to yourself for everything.
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey, it was actually quite fun and interesting to reflect back on my twenties so far. It’s also been good to think ahead about what I want to do in the next few years, and make the most of this time!
What are some things that would be on your version of 20 things to do in your twenties? I’d love to know your thoughts and comments, so please leave me your ideas down below! Love hearing from you all, so please connect with me either here or on twitter, instagram or facebook.
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