Don’t Panic: 7 Signs You’re Doing Just Fine In Your 20s

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doingfineIf you want to feel good about yourself, don’t go on social media. It seems like everyday I see something pop up on Facebook and Instagram from friends my same age talking about luxury vacations, designers outfits and fancy nights out on the town. Meanwhile, I’m sitting on my couch in my tiny NYC apartment eating a crockpot meal. Sure, most of these posts are wildly exaggerated but sometimes, I can’t help but be a little bit jealous.

When you’re young, you tend to have an idealized fantasy of what your 20s will look like. Then you get into the real world and realize how totally different “real life” is and specifically, how much being an adult actually costs. But cheer up. While you might not be living large just yet, you’re on your way. If you can relate to any of these 7 signs, you’re doing just fine.

You have a job

If you have a job, give yourself a pat on the back. It might not be your dream job but it pays and it’s helping you gain experience. Sometimes you have to pay your dues. Even if your career isn’t where you want it to be right now, you’ll get there. You have to chip away at it. Look for side gigs to help you gain more experience and network with people in the industry you want to get into.

Your bills are getting paid

Struggling to pay the bills at the end of the month is something many 20-somethings can relate to. But if you’re getting that done, you should be proud of yourself. Sure, the bulk of your paycheck may be going to rent and food. But the important thing is that you’re learning how to manage your money and how you spend it.

You’re learning from your mistakes

Your 20s should be about learning and self-discovery. Along the way, you’re going to make mistakes and come across rough patches. Don’t worry, it’s normal. It’s what you do with those experiences that can set you apart. Remember to always learn and grow wherever life takes you.

You’re thinking about the future

If you can see beyond the next year, you’re one step ahead. Even though you might be having fun right now and enjoying life (which you should), it’s also important to think about your future. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? And most importantly, what steps are you doing right now to get yourself there?

You’re developing interests & passions

Graduating college can be exciting yet scary. All of a sudden, people expect you to have a plan and know exactly what you want to do with your life. Most people at this age don’t. But it’s OK. The important thing is that you’re developing interests and passions. Explore, be curious, and challenge yourself. Discover what makes you want to get out of bed in the morning.

You have friends & family

So you might not have a lot in the bank account or your own place. But if you have friends and family, be thankful. This time in your life can be overwhelming and make you question everything. When that happens, go to your friends and family for support. They are the people that will always be there for you, no matter how crazy your life becomes.

You’re reading this!

Yes, you read that right! If you’re reading this, that means you at least have a slight curiosity about how well you’re doing. Don’t get too caught up in how everyone else is doing. So what if you don’t have everything figured out right now? You have plenty of time to. Just start building the foundation of the lifestyle you want little by little.

What advice would you give to any 20-something (doesn’t have to be financial!)?

Comments

  1. says

    You really have to look at how things change over a long period in order to realize the progress you’ve made. One thing that I know works is to sit down and write down some things about your life today and then write about how they were five years ago. For people in their 20’s when so much can change so quickly that we often ‘miss’ it, this exercise can be eye opening!

  2. says

    As much as I feel like I have a good grasp on my financial future, I still find myself in moments of panic and stress over money. This blog post reminded me that I am on the right path and am doing all of the right things to push forward for a more successful future, so thank you!

    I 100% agree with you on the social media aspect. It always makes me feel like such a dork when I’m cuddled in a blanket watching Netflix every night haha. My advice for 20-somethings is to find different ways to experience life other than what society skews us to believe. Spend time finding a hobby that will take you further in your career and allow you to enjoy time while getting to know what you want out of life. Not many 20-year olds know what they want to be doing 10 years from now, and no one expects them to.

    • Connie says

      I feel the same way. I can get caught up in how everyone else is doing but I remind myself that everyone’s path is different!

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