The 9 Things You Should Definitely Stop Worrying About In Your 20s

by Laura Wigodner

When you're a 20-something, you tend to care too many about pointless things.

You worry about fitting into society as an adult; you freak out about figuring out your purpose; you wonder if you'll be single for the rest of your life.

But worrying about these things is pointless.

You should put your energy into accepting your life the way it is and growing at your own rate.

Here are nine things to stop caring about right now:

1. Judgment from others

Who cares what other people think?

Usually people who judge you for your problems have a problem with themselves. Yeah, such a cliché, but it's the truth.

Whether it's weird stares from strangers because of your outfit choice, or rude comments on a Facebook post, it truly doesn't matter in the long run.

2. Being a stereotype

You shouldn't stray from who you want to be in fear of falling into a stereotype that gets mocked.

So you're a “basic bitch” because you drink Starbucks and wear yoga pants? Society laughs at people for wanting to be different, yet also laughs at people for being the same.

Ultimately, you can be whoever you want to be. So go ahead and take a selfie with your flower crown at Coachella.

You're not a stereotype — you're just you.

3. The timeline of life

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You see all your Facebook friends getting married, getting promoted and having babies while you are stuck at your parents' house trying to figure out your life.

You think you're failing at life because you're not where you're “supposed” to be. Sure, some people follow the timeline, but it's better to go at your own pace.

You can't waste your time stressing out about time limits. Spend your time creating a life you'll actually enjoy.

4. Feeling overwhelmed

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You might go “crazy” in your 20s because you have so much to figure out.

Try to figure out how to channel those feelings into something creative. This is the best time to express yourself.

5. Being single or in a relationship

If you're in a relationship and want to post photos with your SO on Instagram, then do it.

Despite what people say, it's OK to share your relationship on social media if you want to.

Sure, don't go overboard, but don't be afraid of being annoying. On the other hand, if you're single, own it.

It doesn't matter if all your friends are in relationships; it will happen for you when it happens.

6. Friends who left

Your 20s are an important time in your life for friendships.

You start to realize who you true friends are, and you go from having many acquaintances to having a few close friends.

You shouldn't worry about friends who left you or people who have done you wrong; over time, they won't matter. Focus on the friends who have always been there for you — they matter more.

7. Your parents' approval

Sure, your parents' opinions matter... to an extent.

Ultimately, you shouldn't be living your life the way they want you to. You should do whatever is best for you.

This is the true start of your adulthood, and you can't let them get in your way of growing up.

If they get mad, let them get mad. You can't let them have control over you because they will only drag you down.

Break free.

8. Being “normal”

Being quirky isn't a bad thing.

If you have unique opinions, go ahead and let them out. If you want to have a more edgy and offbeat style, wear whatever you want.

Stop holding yourself back just because you're “different.”

You'll feel much better being yourself instead of trying so hard to be someone you're not.

9. Rejection

You'll face a lot of rejections in your life, especially in your 20s — jobs, dates and even Facebook friend requests.

It sucks, but good things can come out of rejections.

You learn, grow and realize what matters most is moving forward and finding the positive.