So, I saw this article posted by a few friends of mine on Facebook, and it was actually really enlightening. I highly recommend that you read the whole thing, but here is the abridged version.
19 Things to Stop Doing in Your 20s
1. Stop placing all the blame on other people for how they interact with you.
2. Stop being lazy by being constantly “busy.”
3. Stop seeking out distractions.
4. Stop trying to get away with work that’s “good enough”.
5. Stop allowing yourself to be so comfortable all the time.
6. Stop identifying youself as a cliche and start treating yourself as an individual.
7. Stop expecting people to be better than they were in high school – learn to deal with it instead.
8. Stop being stingy.
9. Stop treating errands as a burden.
10. Stop blaming yourself for being human.
11. Stop ignoring the fact that other people have unique perspectives and positions.
12. Stop seeking approval so hard.
13. Stop considering the same things you’ve always done as the only options there are.
14. Stop rejecting the potential to feel pain.
15. Stop approaching adverse situations with anger and frustration.
16. Stop meeting anger with anger.
17. Stop agreeing to do things you know you will never actually do.
18. Stop “buying” things you know you’ll throw away.
19. Stop being afraid.
After reading it, I thought of some other things that we did in our teens and early twenties that sometimes stick with us well into our late twenties that we could afford to stop doing.
20. Stop passing judgment on people based on how they look, who they are friends with, how much money they have, etc. None of these things actually define a person’s character. Too many times in our younger years we base everything on how a person looks or if they are “popular”. That stuff doesn’t matter anymore. Start trying to see people for who they actually are.
21. Stop expecting things from people. If you are in your 20’s you are probably a part of the generation that was given a trophey for just participating. Well, guess what, in the real world, people aren’t going to just hand you a trpohey, a raise, a promotion, etc. for just showing up.
22. Stop being closed off. It’s easy to put your guard off and close yourself off to new people or experiences but that’s not going to get you anywhere. Trust me, I was the queen of closed off.
23. Stop treating your body like you have the metabolism and health of a teenager. Let’s face it we are getting older. Weight doesn’t come off as easily. That extra shot or glass of wine lingers a little longer the nexxt morning. Wrinkles start popping up with absolultely no coaxing. If we start taking care of ourselves now, maybe we will look and feel better in our 30s, 40s, and beyond.
What are some other things that we should stop doing in our 20s?