The 5 Things You Can't Afford To Lose While In Your 20s

People often reflect on their 20s as a time for adventure and self-discovery; an idealistic era when they were able to figure out the world and how they wanted to fit in it. However, when you’re actually living through your 20s, it’s not always as bright and sunny a time as everyone portrays it to be. Yes, these years can be full of extraordinary adventures, but said adventures materialize out of fear and recklessness.

Figuring out who you are and what you love while simultaneously staying afloat in the world is hard. It’s easy to get distracted and caught up in idle issues and overwhelming drama. But it’s also possible to see your way through it all. At the end of every dark tunnel, there is a light. The key to reaching it is holding on to the people and things that got you there. Here are five things you must hold on to in your 20s:

Your Dreams

The world will come swinging at you and expecting for you to fail. Times are destined to be tough, but it’s important that you don’t lose sight of your purpose. You can’t forget about your dreams, regardless of how absurd they may be. Shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars, as they say.

Good People

During your 20s, it’s inevitable that some people will drift in and out of your life. It sucks, but it happens. However, you don’t have to let everyone slip through. Make an effort to stay close to a few good people, because when the road gets rough, they can make the difference.

Your Ambition

It’s easy to dream, but it’s hard to see that dream through. Work, friends and life will distract you and, at times, even tempt you into complacency. You can’t let your ambition be drowned in the security of settling. Hold on to your drive because it will see you through and help you accomplish your dreams.

Your Resilience

Ever since we were children, we have been able to fall down, brush off our knees and get right back up. It’s a magnificent quality and one that gets harder to implement with age. Realities and specific situations will inevitably knock you down in your 20s. You may get laid off or dumped but you just have to get back up. It will be easier to give up than to fight, but this is the most imperative time to give your life (and yourself) all you can muster. Your resilience during these years will pay off and make you a stronger individual.


During these crazy years, you will find yourself navigating many different emotional and mental stages. Your goals may change, your attitude may change and you, altogether, may change. At times, it may even seem like you’re a bystander in your own life.

However, you can't lose yourself and succumb to self-destruction. These years are meant to be confusing and strange — you must learn more about you and never give up on yourself. Don’t lose yourself amidst negativity and realize that these years can be amazing, so long as you choose to learn and to grow from them.

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