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Your twenties are the best times of your life. You’re meeting new people and becoming an adult (which isn’t all glitz and glam). You’re learning to accept responsibility and discover the world without your parents’ guidance. But what does this mean?This means you will have to face the world and learn some valuable lessons while you travel through it. Read on and see what the twenties has in store for you. Before I wrote this, I interviewed my mom and asked her what lessons did she learn during her twenties. These are all taken from her perspective and only five are some of my own.I hope you read this and reflect upon your life as a twenty-year-old.

1. Accept people as they are


Everyone you meet is on a different path than you. You may meet someone who shares some of your experiences. This doesn’t mean that they are just like you. You must learn everyone faces the same challenge or journey in a different way. This lesson can also be applied to people who are in college and are meeting various people with various backgrounds. They will need to be open-minded when dealing with different people.

2. It is easy to be honest than to lie

It is easy to be honest than to lie

Sometimes, lying may feel good at the moment, but what about the long-term effects. When you lie, you have to keep lying to cover the first lie. Try honesty and see where it gets you. Remember, “Honesty may not get you a lot of friends, but it will get you the right ones” (Facebook quote).

3. Remain positive at all times


Life can be rough and it may not always go as planned. This doesn’t mean you should let the negativity affect you. Whenever life gets rough, just keep on moving. There is a world that is waiting for you and you can’t experience it if you’re upset about one or a few obstacles.

4. Be patient and persevere

patient and persevere

Your dreams will come true. Never stop working for what you want. Everything will happen in due time. In this generation, most twenty-year-olds don’t want to wait. They want everything to happen right now. They don’t understand anything worth having is going to require patience.

5.Take responsibility for all your actions

Take responsibility

If you’re wrong, apologize. Don’t let friendships or relationships end because you are too proud to admit when you’re wrong.

6. Don’t be afraid to take risks

Don't be afraid to take risks

Life is an adventure, which means it is meant to be explored. Risks make you feel alive, while fear kills you. Don’t let fear control you because you will miss your greatest blessings. If you want to do something, do it. You don’t know what’s going to happen, which is why you shouldn’t be afraid of the outcome. Just do it!

7. Stand up for yourself

Stand up for yourself

Bullies don’t only exist in school. They are present in life as well. They can be your boss, friend, romantic partner or family member. If any of these are treating you unfairly, then you need to stand up for yourself and don’t let yourself be pushed around. No one can fight your battles, except you. Fighting doesn’t always mean physical, but verbal as well. Use your words before you use your fists.

8. Don’t be afraid to be yourself

Don't be afraid to be yourself1

Accept all your perfections and imperfections. There will never be another you, not in a million years. Don’t get mad when someone doesn’t approve of who you are. They don’t fully know or understand your journey. You’re one of a kind, a true original. Never apologize for who you are. Stay true to your heart (Disney quote for all Disney fans).

9. Everyone and everything is a gift


Never underestimate all the people and situations that come into your life. These people and things are meant to make you better, not bitter. Whenever someone or something makes you angry or disappointed, don’t view it as the end of the world. Take these moments as gifts and as additions to the book called ‘Your Life’.

10. Learn to let go


Holding on to the past will make you bitter. You can’t change what happened or didn’t happen. All you can do is accept the experience and move on. Don’t let yesterday control today. “Life isn’t a Nintendo game, you don’t get another chance” (Eminem). You can’t control the past or the future. All you have is the present.

To all those who are in their twenties and/or not, I hope these lessons make you think about your life differently. Are there more lessons that need to be listed?