Navigating Life as a Young Twenty – Something

Navigating Life as a Young Twenty – Something

Young Wild and Free

As a young person out in the world by yourself for the first time, things can seem a little scary and confusing. Now that you’re out of education and expected to stand on your own two feet, it can leave you wondering exactly what you’re supposed to be doing- and the best way to find your own path.

Chances are, one-half of your friends will be going to Ibiza and drinking all weekend and the other half will be settling down and having kids. If you don’t fit into either of these groups it’s more than a little confusing. But do not fear, I too am not in either of these categories, you aren’t alone.

Here are some ideas for how you can make the most of life as a young adult.

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So, without further ado here is what you can change to make the most out of your time being Twenty – Something.

Move somewhere new

If you’re in a position where you’re able to move house then it’s always worth doing so before settling down. In time, all of us want to put down roots and find a place that truly feels like home, but in the meantime why not move around? Experience different locations, cities, even a different country!

Even if you only move away for six months, it will give you plenty of new experiences and can help you decide on exactly what it is you do want when you eventually look for your permanent home. Rent a room with a big group of people, live alone in a tiny flat, move out with friends- try and experience it all!

These are things that can really help you to find yourself as a person. Travelling to a new place is fantastic, but you really learn about it when you’ve lived there for a while. If you’re renting or live with parents and are yet to get onto the property ladder, you’re in a unique position to move around so take advantage of it whilst you can.

This is the one thing I can safely say I am proud of and have no regret in doing. Ever since the age of 18 when I finally finished my studies I got out there and made sure I saw the world. Even though I’ve now settled down on the south-east coast of England, I am always up for exploring and you just don’t know where this life is going to take you.

Change your career path

Of course, anyone can change their career at any point if they want to. However, it’s always going to be a lot harder when you’re more established. When you’ve worked in a certain role or job field for years and have worked your way up, changing will usually mean a drop in wages and saying goodbye to work friends you’ve known for a long time.

When you’re young, you’re in a much better position to change your career path. Maybe you graduated in one subject but have decided you’d rather do something new?

You could go back and study, volunteer or take on some training to make it happen. You could start at the bottom and work your way up- either way, when you’re lower down the career ladder anyway and aren’t earning a ton of money then you have much less to lose.

Changing careers is a big decision even if you are at the bottom of the ladder. Make sure to speak it through with your family or friends as they will be there to help guide you through. Or if you are anything like me you could go for an online tarot reading and see what advice they have to give (If of course, that’s your kind of thing)

Find new friends

Many of us are friends with people purely out of habit. Maybe we’ve known them for a long time, or it could be a case of people being friends or partners of others that we know. These kinds of people who you have around you purely out of circumstance probably aren’t adding a huge amount to your life.

Maybe you don’t have much in common or perhaps you’ve grown apart in personality over the years but have just stayed in touch. Now is the time to get out there and make new friends, find people that you genuinely connect with.

Meeting those that make you happy, introduce you to new experiences and generally make you a better person. Taking up new hobbies, trying new things and putting yourself in more social situations will help you to find these people.

“Your twenties are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love  a little, and never touch the ground”

These are just a few examples but you have to remember there is a whole world of possibilities waiting for you. If I could give you one bit of advice today it would be to grab life by the horns and don’t let a single opportunity slide by.

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Ashleigh Davis

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9 Comments

  1. Sociableevents July 11, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Lovely post and I love the end sentiment of grabbing life by the horns.
    I had my son pretty young so my twenties haven’t been fully ‘freedom’ as such but I’ve grabbed life by the horns in some ways and still fully enjoyed myself… approaching 30 now but I’m sure thirties will be just as good 😀

    • Ashleigh Davis
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Thank you so much for reading, really appreciate that! And oh 100% your 30s will be even better my love! Age is just a number x

  2. asimpleview2017 July 12, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    Very solid points for anyone. The twenties are definitely a good time to experience lifes many faces. Thanks for sharing these tips!👍🏾🙂

    • Ashleigh Davis
      Author
      July 13, 2018 / 7:08 am

      Thank you so much for reading my post Al, I’m glad you agree with the importance of my tips 🙂

  3. eviebraithwaite July 13, 2018 / 6:57 am

    Loved this! While I’m still in university, moving cities and meeting new people has introduced me to so many new experiences which I wouldn’t have had otherwise! So important to make the most of every opportunity!

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

    • Ashleigh Davis
      Author
      July 13, 2018 / 7:09 am

      I couldn’t agree more Evie, Uni is a great time to learn and do so much, I’m currently in my second year so I can relate to you on that one for sure. Thank you for reading my post lovely. x x x

  4. alice_kbsld July 14, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Thank you so much for the advices! However, I don’t completely understand the first point with changing the career path – in my ground rules of world people start their professional career after the university (or shortly before graduation), makes a conflict in my mind 😀

    • Ashleigh Davis
      Author
      July 15, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you for reading lovely! my comment for the career was more based on people who may not have gone to university and may have just jumped straight into the working full-time lifestyle. I was just trying to get across the idea that you don’t have to stay with what’s comfortable because I believe everyone deserves to have a job they enjoy! therefore, even if it does mean dropping back down to shittier shift times or less wages it may be worth it in the end 🙂 hope this helps you understand what I meant hun! but yeah, I do get your opinion too, makes sense xxx

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