What You Should Know About Your Twenties

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As my 24th birthday approaches, I find my thoughts weighing more heavily on my life. Am I where I should be in my 20’s, is this what I’m supposed to be doing? Is it time to start thinking about my future? Should I get a “real” job already? 

These, and many other questions have played through my mind over and over again like a record on repeat. I’m constantly reading articles reflecting on how important your twenties are, how they are vital years to your future. There are hundreds of blogs offering advice on how to make the most of these years and embrace every moment. It makes me wonder, am I doing the right thing?

To be honest, it’s all a bit overwhelming.

No One Really Knows

So, you don’t know what you want to do with your life. Everything is one big giant question mark while everyone else seems to know exactly what they’re doing. What do you do? Instead of worrying about not knowing, why not embrace the unknown with open arms? What if you looked at the unknown as opportunity for growth? You will never know your full potential if you stick within the safe foundations of your life.

It’s In Your Hands

If you listen to all of the advice that is out there about how to make the most of your twenties, you’ll soon learn there are more paths at your fingertips than you can count. Is it time for you to travel and explore the world, or is it best you work and save your money for a secure future? There is no right answer- after all, you’re the driver behind the steering wheel. There will be those who want to pave the path for you, but it’s in your hands to take control of your own life. You are the only person who can decide what kind of life you wish to live.

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You’ll Feel Like You’re Doing It Wrong

Your twenties are all about figuring out who you are as a person. The only way to do this is through is forgetting about your comfort zone, immersing yourself in new experiences, and of course, making mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes- some bigger than others. Just remember, that’s a part of life and it’s one of the best ways to build your confidence. You’re not a failure and your life is not in shambles because you’ve made a few mistakes along the way. Dust yourself off and keep pursuing what makes you shine.

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Be Brave

You might have days where you feel like you don’t know where your place is. I definitely have days where I feel as though I have absolutely no idea where I belong in life. If you listen to what others tell you to do, you will inevitably get similar results to them. If you can be brave enough to explore what other’s have not, you will experience results they never have. It’s a wonderful gift to think differently and to have ideas unique from those around you. This is what sets you apart from others and shines a hopeful light on your future.

How do you feel about your twenties? I’d love to hear your experiences!

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  • NatalieLeanne

    OMG I loved every bit of this, I totally get ALL the feelings you described! I feel like I’m constantly learning about myself life etc. and constantly evolving too x

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Natalie, I’m glad you could relate! 🙂

  • Michael

    In my twenties I thought I knew everything and I couldn’t be told anything. I don’t think you have that problem. (<; Robert Frost said " In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: It goes on."

    • Diana Maria

      I absolutely love Robert Frost, thank you for sharing that quote! Thank you for stopping by Michael 🙂

  • I am not in my 20’s (but almost am which is super exciting!), however I can only imagine the pressure that might be felt to pick a certain path. I love the idea of living in the day and what the day has to offer. I really want to work on being present and focusing on what the day has to offer rather than looking so much towards the future. Thanks for the encouragement!
    Much love,
    Ashley from Dear Ash
    http://www.dearash.com

    • Diana Maria

      That’s exciting, I’m sure you’ll love your twenties they are amazing years! Thank you for reading Ash!

  • love this post, i’ll be 21 this year and I’m starting to feel the same way as you in that I need to start sorting my life out and get a job straight out of graduating. It is true that everyone seems like they know what they are doing but in all honesty i think very little do. Still, its nice to have that confirmation that I’m not alone.

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Eloise! I think we have plenty of time to figure things out, and I agree- we’re all in this together!

  • I’m completely with you on all of this. When I was a kid, I remember thinking that by my mid-twenties I’d have it all together; I’d have a job I loved, a house, maybe I’d be married. Obviously, I had no idea what real life was actually like then. Life happens, you can’t predict what will happen; just enjoy it and do whatever makes you happy and try not to compare your life to someone else’s.

    • Diana Maria

      I thought the same things! I was definitely a bit ahead of myself. I think so too, that’s a very positive outlook to have Rosie!

  • I will be 24 in October and it’s SO frustrating seeing older people settled down and if you ask for advice they all say “I was lost in my twenties but then I found my path” HOWW HOOOW TELL ME.

    Caterina | http://www.caterinasosso.com

    • Diana Maria

      Haha I know!! I think it comes with time, and that we won’t even see it coming until we get there one day through the journey xx

  • Awesome post gurlie! Speaking from my early 30’s, no one really knows is spot on. I feel like I’ve finally found myself and am truly happy with where I’m at now, and was totally lost in my 20’s especially early 20’s. But I enjoyed every second! Happy almost birthday <3

    Green Fashionista

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Kate, that’s reassuring to read! I’m glad to hear others have a similar experience in feeling lost at times xx

  • I loved reading this. I turn 26 in October and I firmly believe that there is noting wrong with being afraid in situations we come across during our 20s. Our 20s are one of the most pivotal time frames in our lives, and it’s all about finding ourselves and being brave in doing so 🙂

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    • Diana Maria

      Thanks Eena! They really are a pivotal time in our lives, and not knowing is definitely a part of that, in a good way 🙂

  • Twenties were tough- not a high paying job out of college, bills were crazy expensive and I ate a ton of frozen pizza and ramen. I’m turning 29 in a few months and am actually excited about 30s! Love this post.
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    • Diana Maria

      That’s exactly how I feel at times! I think your thirties are a great time to explore new parts of life xx

  • So true! I’ve gone straight into a career and sometimes I do feel like I’m working away my twenties. I did move to London though and I have big plans ahead, as you say, it’s about being brave!! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Jasmin. I can’t wait to see what exciting plans you have ahead, moving to London sounds like an amazing adventure!

  • So so so true! I couldn’t agree more with you!

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Stacey!

  • Lovely post and really stunning photos. Everyone expects you to know what you want to do in your life by your 20’s but times have changed massively – nowadays it’s harder to get a house and start a family but it’s easier to explore more paths in life. It’s nice to hear that no one else really knows what’s going on either. The days are so uncertain right now. I agree that everyone should be living their own lives because everyone is totally different.
    Kate | http://www.katerattley.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you so much Kate. There can be so much uncertainty, but I agree that everyone is different and that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing! xx

  • I haven’t reached my twenties yet but, I thank you for sharing this post. I really needed that reassurance, that it’s okay. It’s okay to not know exactly what you want to do in life, that it’s okay to feel like life is a mess sometimes. But life goes on, and we should totally embrace everything we’ve already got.

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    • Diana Maria

      Yes, it’s okay! It will all come in due time. Thank you for stopping by Rosalie 🙂

  • I can definitely relate to this post – it’s so easy to feel lost and like you’re the weird one who’s got no idea what to do with your life. It’s taken me a while but I think I’ve realised it’s completely normal and the unknown is exciting! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

    • Diana Maria

      I completely agree Ariadna, it helps to know others feel the same way!

  • I think the time I felt most lost was when I was 18 – I had just finished school and I had absolutely no idea what to do with my life. Now at least I know an direction or well at least have things planned out until I finish my degrees. Who knows what comes next. I really like the idea of embracing the unknown instead of fearing it although it’s hard to do. But in the end it is a waste of energy, life will find its way xx

    113thingstosay.com

    • Diana Maria

      There’s so much ahead of you at that age, and so many decisions to make it can be overwhelming! I really admire your positive outlook about the unknown as a wave of energy! Thank you for reading Mira xx

  • Liberty

    I’ve been thinking the exact same things lately, glad I am not the only one I felt like no one else was thinking this way.
    Its also so difficult not to worry about your future when you live with a chronic illness too.

    http://www.libertylife.me

    • Diana Maria

      You are definitely not alone in feeling this way, these thoughts cross my mind so often these days! I couldn’t imagine how difficult that must be, sending you best wishes Liberty xx

  • As someone who left her twenties behind in February, I can say that they didn’t go as I had imagined they would. I didn’t get the job I thought I would, I moved back in with my parents, I then moved across the country… I was brave and I am proud of that!

  • Jessica Grace

    Twenties are a weird time… I definitely never feel like I’m doing anything right and feel lost 99.9% of the time. But it’s nice to know I’m not the only one! And maybe this is something the most of us go through? Lovely post, I really enjoyed reading this one! x

    Jessica Grace

  • I’m turning 23 this month and I feel totally out of control haha but I’m working on it! We are all so completely different that we won’t all be at the same stage in our lives at the same time! As long as you’re happy that’s all that’s matters.

    Alice | alicemaysnell