There is no certain age for doing things you love. The perfect time to do things is when you want to do them, afford doing them and handle their consequences.
However, let us agree that as we grow up things change. We start having more responsibilities, our lives get more complicated and we have less time to do things we always wanted to accomplish.
For all those of you who have not turned 30 yet, here is a bucket list of things you may want to consider before your life gets too busy.
1. Travel more
Travel more and travel not like a tourist. Travel to exotic places and interact with strangers.
Traveling at a young age is desirable, because it teaches you a wide variety of things that you can use in your daily life, such as finding solutions to the most difficult situations, dealing with different mentalities and understanding others. Traveling makes you a street smart, which is a very important complement for being a school smart. Moreover, when you travel you acquire an exceptional wisdom that sometimes cannot be obtained from books.
2. Read more
Reading is your way to gain knowledge. At some point you may lose your job, position, health and even people, but you can never lose knowledge.
Also, a reader is a well-rounded person who is equipped with the best asset to face any life circumstances. So, read more when you are young, because the more you read the more information you have in your head and you never know when this information might come in handy.
3. Listen more, talk less
Listening does not only mean allowing others to complete their speech, but it also means that you are allowing yourself to understand the other person and get prepared to respond based on the situation. This will result in a deeper contribution to the conversation and will reflect a better image about you.
Listening helps you become a better thinker and a more balanced person, because you will train yourself to not to jump to conclusions without listening to the story from all dimensions. As a result people will appreciate you more and wait for what you are going to say.
4. Surround yourself with many people, but trust few
People. You cannot live without them, but you have to be careful with them. They are the best and the worst thing that happens to you. Some will help you become a better person and others will drag you down to their level. Some people will betray you and walk away from you when you need them the most.
Only few people will change your life to the better, so it is worth it to spend your life looking for them. When you find them, hold them close to you and do for them as they do for you.
To be able to find the precious few, surround yourself with many people, winnow out those who you don’t need in your life and allow a limited number of people in your close circle.
5. Your health is priceless, appreciate, nurture and protect it
When you are in your 20s your health is at its peak, so don’t take it for granted because it will not stay like that for the rest of your life.You have to appreciate your health and nurture it to maintain your strength and energy across your life span. This can be realized by:
a) A healthy and a balanced diet, to reduce disease risk, regulate your blood cholesterol levels and maintain a strong immune system.
b) Steady exercise to boost your brain power, save your brain from cognitive decline at an older age and sharpen your memory and ability to learning new things.
In addition to your body, you have to take care of your skin. When you are in your twenties your skin is in its ‘glory years’ and if you don’t take care of it now, then it will start losing its radiance at an early age. My advice to you is to consult an expert and start using anti-aging products now. Remember that when you get older, your skin starts losing collagen and elastic tissue and the best thing you can do to delay the appearance of the thin lines on your face is wearing sunscreen to protect your skin against early aging caused by the sun’s UV lines.
6. Learn to be patient
It is said that: “In order to live happy you have to plan in decades, work in years and live in days”. I agree with this saying to a great extent. In my opinion one should learn to be patient, because valuable things will not come to you quickly. Things that take time to be built and gained are the things that you will appreciate the most and will be careful not to lose.
Another good thing about not getting what you want immediately is that when you get used to living for a long time without the things you like, it will be easier for you to get along with life if you lose them again. If you know how life feels like without something, it won’t scare you to lose it, because we are only afraid of the unknown.
7. Embrace failure and rejection with grace
Failure is not the end of the world, but it is the key to success.
In fact, failure is a great opportunity to understand your weaknesses, strength points and learn from your own mistakes.
The more you fail, the harder you get on yourself and become more determined to succeed. Always remember that the most successful stories in life had a long hard struggle behind them and a person who has never failed has never lived.
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