10 Things You Need To Do In Your 20s That Will Make Life Better in Your 30s
1. Figure out how to incorporate working out into your schedule. Life doesn’t get less busy, so you have to figure out how to make time for stuff that’s good for you. Not because you want to lose 20 pounds or become obscenely ripped, but because you want to feel better and when you work out, you feel better. It’s that simple.
6. Travel. Your back is still able to tolerate hostel beds and you should be fine eating $1 street kabobs for dinner, so you can travel on the cheap in ways that Olds just cannot anymore. Go places, and go alone at least once, because you might not get the chance again. Plus, when you get older and have $$$, you can go back to your favorite places and actually do it up right.
7. Come to terms with the fact that your life is not going to be what you imagined it to be when you were 20. It’ll probably be better overall and honestly, you probably ended up looking waycuter than you ever thought you would. So there’s that.
8. Figure out who you can truly count on to be there for you, and invest your time in those friendships. It’s fine to hang out with the one girl you party with constantly, but also hang out with the person who genuinely cares about you even when you’re feeling like garbage and have been crying a lot lately and you don’t know why, because they’ll be the ones who still care 10 years from now when you’re not going to clubs as often at all. Like, not even one-quarter as much.
9. Learn how to cook (or marry someone who does). My plan is the latter, but even so, you can’t go through life eating microwavable meals and getting takeout. It’s not great for you financially or physically, so just take a simple cooking class, something to get you started. You can still microwave those Lean Cuisines and get takeout from your favorite Thai place sometimes, but at least if those aren’t options, you’re not clawing at the walls fearing starvation.
10. Actually take care of your skin. That skin care routine you do every night isn’t bullshit, so don’t quit it. By using a regimen with good-for-you ingredients, you’re actually supporting your skin’s structure, so it doesn’t fall when you turn 30. Trust me, if you take care of your skin, you’ll look the best/youngest at your 15-year reunion when everyone else will look, um, not so much.