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Advice that Every 20-Something Needs to Hear

Your twenties are a confusing and formative time in your life, filled with mistakes and some of the best memories you’ll have. You’re not going to have everything figured out, but these are the days to be adventurous and take major risks. Your twenties are the first phase of adulthood and there’s so much to experience and learn. You may feel like you’re behind or stuck but remember to enjoy the present, you’ll never get this time back. Here’s some of the best advice I’ve received that has helped me thus far as a woman in her twenties.

Say how you really feel.

Don’t be afraid to send that risky text. You’ll never regret saying what you mean.

See your friends as often as you can. Even the ones that live far away.

We always think there’s more time.

Find your drink.

Make it something better than a vodka soda.

Don’t take sex lightly, but don’t take it too seriously.

Just have fun.

No matter what anyone thinks, there is always strength in breaking down.

Expect the best from everyone.

But keep in mind that people will disappoint you.

Invest in a good, well-fitting bra.

This is essential.

Find your perfume.

There’s nothing wrong with hoping for romance.

You don't have to defend what you like.

If you like it, you like it.

Be a good tipper.

If you can afford to eat out, you can afford to tip.

Wear whatever makes you feel at ease.

Offer no explanation.

Always mean your anger.

Don’t be afraid to argue.

Even with people you like.

Find your favourite book.

Find your favourite movie.

You can tell a lot about a guy from the way he maintains his bathroom.

Your work is important, but you are more than the work you do.

Don’t fight to be accepted.

You should never have to.

Live for yourself.

Recognize when to walk away from something or someone.

This takes time, but it’s important to set boundaries.

Hold people accountable.

Never be anyone’s Yes Man.

Save your money.

When you come across something you want to buy, sleep on it.

Find some hobbies.

Spend less time on your phone and laptop.

Call your mom.

Reconsider buying fast fashion.

People come and go.

Enjoy whatever phase of their life you knew them for.

Remember that there’s so much to look forward to, and so much to be grateful for.

Leave at the first signs of red flags.

There is a certain kind of man you need to avoid at all costs.

You’ll know him when you meet him.

There you have it! Enjoy your twenties and remember that you’re not alone and there’s still time to get your shit together.


Mary Shanahan

Wilfrid Laurier '21

Mary is a fourth-year English student at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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