The first few years of post grad life are full of things to remember. Remember to budget for utilities when renting your first apartment! Don’t forget to include computer software skills on your resume! Remember your car is getting up there in mileage and you may need to budget for a new one soon! Don’t forget to ask whether your first full-time job offers health insurance! Remember how important it is to branch out and make new friends if you’re living in a new city! Don’t forget to sleep enough so you have energy to make it through the work day!
Eventually this endless list starts to blend into normal life. Many of us have become financially independent since graduation, landed full-time jobs, or are working our way through a graduate school program. We’ve fully settled into our new routines and started to develop a clearer picture of what it actually means to be a “young adult”. So… what now? What do we need to remember as we shift from being recent college grads to mid twenty-somethings? Here are a few things I try to remind myself daily.
Remember to be humble
Maybe you’ve found the perfect relationship, your dream career, or an amazing apartment. You may want to scream from the rooftops (or on your Facebook wall) about how awesomely your twenty-something life is panning out. It’s great to be confident! Just try to keep things in perspective as you talk about your life to others. Everyone around you is also accomplishing amazing things and we can learn a lot from taking the time to listen to each other. You don’t always need others to validate your accomplishments.
Remember to be young
We’ve still got a lot of life ahead of us. I don’t want to add some corny quote about dancing like no one’s watching or running in a rain storm here.. but this is the type of thing I’m talking about. We work so hard to carve out a routine for ourselves after graduation that it’s easy to become lost it in once we finally have one. So go see that concert in the middle of the week, make your dream vacation a reality, or just set aside some time to relax and hang out with friends! We shouldn’t throw our responsibilities out the window, but it’s important to remind yourself that this is only the beginning of the adult chapter of your life.
Remember to explore
Exploring necessarily doesn’t mean that you need to fly across oceans (but more power to you if you can!) I think true adventurers can find places to explore in a foreign country or in their own hometown. Try new types of food, learn more about local architecture, hike a nearby nature trail you’ve always wanted to check out. Break free from your routine for a weekend and see where you end up.
What do you think us twenty-somethings should remember at this stage in our lives?