20-something reasons you should celebrate being a 20-something

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There’s something extra amazing about being in your 20’s. A world of possibilities is at your fingertips and everything just feels a little bit brighter. Whether you’ve got it all figured out or you have no idea what you’re doing, it’s all completely normal. It’s the decade where you discover who you are and who you want to be — and while your 20’s can be scary and weird, they can also be ridiculously fun and exciting.

Here are just a few reasons why your 20’s are the best.

1.  You finally get a taste of what it’s like to be an adult. Whether that means living on your own for the first time or getting your first “real” job, most people start to feel at least a little bit more grown-up in their 20’s.

2.  You’ve developed your own sense of style. You’ll probably still try out a few new trends, but for the most part, you know what you like and you’re already working it.

3.  You’re free to travel. You have the whole world to explore, and you don’t have as many commitments holding you back from picking up and moving somewhere else. (Or, at least, taking a quick weekend trip.)

4.  Whether you’re single or settling down, dating in your 20’s is the best. You’re young enough to still be figuring out what you want in a relationship, and old enough to actually stand up for it.

5.  You can afford to treat yourself. You have more expendable income in your 20’s, and there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence. Whether that means a latte or a spa day or a cute new pair of shoes, you deserve to splurge on yourself every once in a while.

6.  You get to be a little selfish. Your 20’s are all about you — and that’s an amazing thing. There’s nothing wrong with putting your needs first, especially when you aren’t tied down to a family.

7.  You’re more self-aware. You have a better understanding of what you need to be healthy and happy.

8.  You still have plenty of time to figure things out. If you have no idea what you’re doing with your life, it’s perfectly normal.

9.  It feels like everyone else is still winging it, too. There will always be outliers who seem like they have everything figured out — but for the most part, we’re all in this together.

10. It’s totally okay if you still call your parents all the time. Zero shame.

11. You’re not really tied down by anything. You don’t have to settle down if you don’t want to, and your decisions are entirely your own.

12. Staying in and going out are equally acceptable choices. There’s no pressure to party every night, but you can still grab a drink with your friends any night of the week.

13. You’ve had time to figure out the issues that matter most to you. No matter the causes closest to your heart, by your 20’s, you know what you care about. (Plus, you can legally vote!)

14. It’s okay if you don’t feel like a real adult yet. “Do I need to start working on my retirement fund? Should I have a will? Does anyone actually understand their taxes?” All totally normal.

15. You meet some of your favorite people in your 20’s. From college to bars to weekend kickball leagues (no judgment), you meet so many people with similar passions and interests in your 20’s — and you know they’re going to be your friends for life.

16.You start to figure out what you want to do with your life. Sometimes, that means realizing you want to take a completely different path; other times, you end up accidentally stumbling into something spectacular.

17. You’re allowed to make mistakes and start over. Messing up is a part of life. No matter your age, it’s always okay to start over — but it’s never more okay than it is in your 20’s.

18. You can start building up your savings. You become much more independent in your 20’s, which also means you begin to navigate how to save away a little money for your future.

19. You learn what it’s like to have your heart broken. By the time you’re in your 20’s, you’ll likely have loved and lost. No one likes having their heart broken, but it also means that you’ve cared about someone enough for it to have happened. With every relationship, we better understand ourselves and what we need out of love.

20. You learn that it’s okay to say “no.” This applies to every part of life — school, work, relationships — and learning how to turn things down is essential.

21. Life feels full of possibilities. When you’re a teen, you dream big. When you’re in your 20’s, all those dreams feel a little bit closer to reality.

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