Even though our society generally views being young as a virtue, we have to admit—being young isn't easy. Yes, twentysomethings might not yet have wrinkles, age-related health issues or loads of problems and people to take care of, this period of life has its own distinct challenges. These years tend to be pretty chaotic. You are forced to figure out your career, future plans, find a job, get a college degree, learn to build relationships, and you have to do all these things while not having much life experience. And, obviously, that bounds you to make A LOT of bad choices. Besides, sometimes it might start to feel as if you're wandering through life oblivious, with no idea what to do next.

Luckily, getting older is a truly wonderful thing since it brings people valuable life experience, clarity, fulfilment and self-confidence. Basically, all the things that twentysomethings usually lack. Because of that, it might be a really good idea to sometimes listen to those, who have gone through all the youth chaos and managed to make it to the other side. A few months ago, a Reddit user named peeledraspberry asked all the folks over 40, who feel happy about their lives, to share some of their best advice to all the lost twentysomethings out there.

We invite you to scroll below and look at some of the best life lessons we found

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#1

Don't fall for the trap that your life needs to be one long narrative that you should be building. Life is best when it's a bunch of happy moments that just happen to be connected.

Don't try to make your life into a novel, make it a book of poems.

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Anam
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1 month ago

Beautifully expressed !

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#2

Find yourself a good person to be in a relationship with. Looks will fade but that personality will be there forever. As you age your friends will pair off and you will find yourself hanging out with them less and less. They will have kids or move away and you will find yourself either alone or with your partner during 99% of your free time. Humans do not do well being isolated and alone. Finding a healthy relationship is so important and no one really talks about it or just tells you to focus on your career. Having someone in your corner that always has your back will make life that much easier.

Find someone with the same goals in life that you do and hold onto them....hard. Marry a brain, not a booty.

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BingeFest1
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1 month ago

This one should be higher

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#3

Don't have children unless you really really want children. Don't have more children than you really want.

Be true to yourself. It's OK to live a life that no one else understands.

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MrTree1779
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1 month ago

"If you can see your life as fulfilling, without having children, don't have them. If life feels incomplete without having children, then *consider* having them." -- My parents could not see life without children, but my siblings and I can. So my parents had us, and none of us have any of our own. -- Everyone feels fulfilled in life, and nobody regrets having or not having children.

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#4

It's never too late to start again.

All in my 20's I thought I couldn't just restart my career or dump a useless boyfriend or go back to school because I was already on a certain trajectory. Made my choices now I gotta make the best of it. That's total bullcrap. You have no idea how incredibly young you are and how much time you have to do whatever you want to do.

When I figured this out, I found the man of my dreams, had a kid in my late late 30's, dropped my entire career in my late 40's and starting a new one at 50 and it's awesome.

Edit:. Oh my! I had no idea my post would be so inspirational or that so many people needed to read it. Thank you everyone for the kind words and updoots and awards. I'm so excited for everyone taking a leap into the great unknown. You got this!

And if you are sad or upset or frustrated with life that's ok too. You have time and it will pass. You have no idea what comes next and you have so much time to explore! I am still figuring things out....

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Podunkus
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1 month ago

When I was in grad school, I was witness to so many fellow students who had let themselves fall victim to the notorious Sunk Cost Fallacy. They were unhappy and they fully recognized that they were on the wrong path for them, but had invested so much time and effort that they felt duty bound to follow through instead of bailing and starting over. When you are that young, time is a very powerful ally on your side. Don’t drain it away on some vainglorious folly when you can just as easily reboot.

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#5

When I was in college, I had the chance to go to Europe but I passed because I had to work at a warehouse. I picked staying at a part time warehouse job over seeing the world. When I finally went abroad in my 30s, it changed my perspective about everything and everyone. Go to another country that is far away and different than your own.

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Anam
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1 month ago

Amen. And yes it does change our perspectives and give our brains a much needed shake.

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#6

I'm sure this will never get seen, but I haven't seen any comments about what I consider to be the most important things...Never stop learning, and don't be afraid to say "I dont know" to something you don't know. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you are inquisitive about the world around you.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 month ago (edited)

Never stop learning is great advice! Also, ask questions!! It is how you learn! And reading takes to to far away places without leaving home. One more thing, give people a chance to tell their side of the story.

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#7

I hesitate to give advice, being unqualified to do so.

Instead, here are some points that may or may not be worthy of consideration.

Time is very short, and as you get older it speeds up more and more.

Time is more important than money. In theory, you could end up a billionaire. But nobody is ever a "time billionaire." Rich or poor, you're gonna get maybe 100 years at the absolute max, and probably not that much.

There will be several versions of You as you walk your path, but one version that kind of colors all the other versions. This version you could call "the real you." It pays to spend time figuring out who that real you is.

You will have to deal with people. Learn how to leave them happy to have been in your presence, and you will not lack for friends and loved ones.

Speaking of loved ones: just because someone is a blood relative, it doesn't mean they're worth a crap. If your parent, sibling, or child is a complete asshole unworthy of your attention, don't waste further time on them.

Find something you love to do, and do that. Do it every day. It doesn't matter if you make money at it, or get recognition because of it. Do it like Henry Darger did his writing and drawing, and like Vivian Maier did her photography. Do good work. It is its own reward.

I am a geezer, 64 years old. It does not have to suck being old. (I think it's freaking great, for many reasons.)

If you're ever in my town, drop by and get ON my lawn.

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Anne Stewart
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1 month ago

I so agree with the "Speaking of loved ones" paragraph.

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#8

Don’t pluck your eyebrows too thin.

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Podunkus
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1 month ago

This person will go far in life.

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#9

I’m 46, and here’s what I know:

1. Money is important but it’s not the end all be all. It will not listen to your problems or hug you when you need it

2. Watch your weight, your blood pressure, and do not smoke. 75% of my patients that have the most serious diagnoses have at least one of these factors.

3. Comparison will rob you of joy. Be happy for others, but don’t feel you need to be like them.

4. Let go of the little things. Stress will kill you

5. Chase your dreams! Life goes by SO fast. You don’t want to be 80 yrs old and regretting not traveling, pursuing your passion, etc

6. You cannot change someone. Whether a friend or a partner, their faults will not “get better” and you cannot rescue them. Don’t waste your life on toxic people.

7. Make a point of performing kind acts for others. It will greatly enrich your life.

Now... go get your life!!!

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Rob H
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1 month ago

no6 is the best. dont waste time on toxic people( including partners) who will abuse you. leave at the first sign and NEVER give them second chances, and never listen to society that is dismissive or will deny you support when leaving these people

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#10

I was a raging alcoholic in my twenties and thought I would never recover from it. I never found a real job using my first degree or my masters. Part of it was because I was always drunk, part of it was the job market at the time.

I went back to school in my thirties and found something I like a whole lot more. Now, I'm married, nearly ten years sober, and have a great job.

My point is, if you end up on the wrong path or don't like where you are, there's always time to turn around and change it. Too many people just assume they're stuck where they are and stuck with the issues they have.

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

I really do believe everyone should have more than one career, life isn't meant to be just one thing.

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#11

If you aren't SURE you want kids, make sure you ARE sure before you have them.

I dodged a couple of bullets over the years, and don't have any kids. I see and hear all the crap other people have to go through, and I don't think I could handle that level of stress in my life. I'm very glad to be childless.

Of course some people love kids, and should have lots of them. That's just not me, and it might not be you too.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

It will take some more years before society has accepted that some people just have no desire to become a parent. ( No, it's not a "medical issue". Yes, we like children from other parents, we just don't like our own. That's why we didn't have them. )

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#12

Relax and don't get overly angry

While others talk about material things or experiences the real lesson is to accept that things won't always go the way you want them to and that's ok.

Didn't marry your perfect spouse? That person doesn't exist - align expectations to reality and appreciate those who love you for who they are. Or find new people

Didn't buy the perfect car? Oh, well, it still gets you where youre going. Define your criteria for the next one and work towards it

Didn't get the perfect house? Probably not. But it's yours and you can fix it

Didn't get that promotion? Don't be so sure it would have worked out the way you think it would have.

Vacation wasn't perfect? Are you sure about that, or were your expectations too high?

Point is, relax, enjoy the ride, work to your goals but remember none of it matters if you can't enjoy it along the way.

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Anam
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1 month ago

I have been disappointed in so many things and people and my self over and over again. Sometimes abandonment is just not an option . Sometimes "aligning expectation to reality' is the sensible choice. Thankyou . I respect you Sir./Ma'am. .

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#13

Maintain your friendships. In twenty years you will be so grateful for those people who saw you through marriages, children, illness and health. People who will go for a trip with you, love your kids, remember you as a young person.

Friends are essential but they require work. Don't be alone just because you don't want to be the person who reaches out to others.

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Gillbella
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1 month ago

But: don't be the only one who puts effort into a friendship. Phones and emails and visits work both ways.

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#14

Take care of your teeth. This is the only set you’re ever going to have and you don’t want to neglect them and mess them up like I did. I’ve got crap tons of fillings which don’t last forever and need replacement. A filling isn’t as good as the real thing and filled teeth can break, requiring crowns. I have two and it sucks.

Brush and floss thoroughly every single day without exception. Hell, get an electric toothbrush. See the dentist regularly. Ditch the sugary drinks.

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Tanya Kysel'ova
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1 month ago

This is a precious advice indeed!

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#15

When I was 22, an older gentleman asked me how old I was and then told me, “chad303, when you are twice that age, you’ll be twice the man you are today.” I almost considered it a slight in that moment, but time has proven him wise. Here I am, twice that age and, in my humble estimation, twice the man than I was then. I believe this chiefly because I have learned that kindness is not a weakness, humility serves you better than pride, and cruelty is a fool’s game.

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

It should be a goal to grow wise, kind and more educated with age. Talking personally, don't be twice the weight.

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#16

It's not a race! Stop comparing yourself to others. Just because they did things sooner than you, doesn't mean they're happier or better.

Try to start good habits. It is a little rough at first, but in a few years it will be second nature. Do this with things like cooking, cleaning, saving money and self-care.

It is okay to not like someone. It is also okay to have someone not like you (people are going to not like you for no reason. That is okay. It's a "them" issue and not a "you" issue). Don't be an ass to everyone and give them reason to dislike you, but also know that you are under no obligation to put up with someone else's bad friendship.

There is no shame in seeing a mental health professional.

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Podunkus
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1 month ago

That last sentence is really good advice.

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#17

Honestly?

If you want more career satisfaction be as positive as possible at work. I mean it. I am cynical by nature and thought everyone around me loved my sarcastic one-off comments. Every meeting I would demonstrate biting wit at the ridiculous corporate bullshit being peddled. If there was failure I was there to point at it and laugh; and if success I was always there ready to “keep it real” for folks. Apparently my attitude and sense of humor were not as appreciated as I thought.

Then, disaster struck at work (a few years ago) and my skills were needed more than ever.

Now mind you, I had been passed over a couple of times for promotions. I was salty about that because (and I am being honest here) I was a really really good candidate and am regarded quite well in my industry. I was stunned at missing out; and my dissatisfaction was not kept out of sight.

Well back to the disaster. For some reason I took this opportunity to shut up and be a positive team member. This particular problem (not virus related) would have allowed me to sit at home, get paid, and do nothing while everything got sorted. A paid two week vacation without dipping into PTO—nice. Let the suits sort it out while I laugh at their awkward attempts to right the ship; snickering with co-workers via personal emails. I was really looking forward to pointing out inconsistencies and ambiguous language in their directives. I was practically giddy with excitement with the prospect of watching them fall on their faces.

Instead I put on my big boy pants, went to work, walked in the boss’s office and politely asked if there was anything she needed. For two weeks I worked my ass off. Did everything I was asked, kept my pie hole shut (god were there opportunities for serious humor). I took a lot of initiative, and throughout I was positive and pleasant. At meetings I would offer constructive comments, take notes, and follow up on items—even if I wasn’t asked. I had become the dreaded “try-hard.” Then the calls came: from every where in the organization. How do we do “x.” Can I do “y.” Mind you, in the past I would have provided a slightly sarcastic reminder of my “scope” of duties—which didn’t include doing their job too. Instead I was positive and cheerful. I was happy to help them get through the crisis.

After the disaster subsided, I did not revert back to Mr. Point-Out-How-Stupid-Everything-Is, and kept a positive and cheerful demeanor. I kept my comments to myself, and went home and shared my list of comments I could have made with family.

I noticed the more positive I became, the more people seemed to want to work with me; and the more responsibilities my boss heaped upon me. So I kept at it. And not one, but two promotions came (with significant raises)—and now I am in a position that I really really enjoy.

Had I only figured this out in my 20s I might have gotten where I am more quickly. One caveat, if your work is a suck-fest, don’t be afraid to move on; with a positive farewell email and pointing out how much everyone meant to you...

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Liam Walsh
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1 month ago

I'd love my brother in law to read this one. He thinks being unkind and making bitchy comments is sarcasm and that sarcasm is clever (it can be - but he's not) and the only response worthy of him. He boasts about how sarcastic he is. Nah - a lot of the time the people in the room are rolling their eyes. He just comes across as unpleasant and no-one goes out of their way to be with him.

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#18

You don't have to have kids and buy a minivan and live that life. It's totally fine if you don't. You might even be happier and a lot wealthier in the end. You're not weird or broken because you want to live a less "normal" life. A lot of us do it you just don't see us marketed to on TV.

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Bruce Nielsen
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1 month ago

After 7 years living the van life, I will never go back to living in a house. Its true freedom.

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#19

Go have an adventure of a life time. Don’t put it off. Make plans for your money. STAY OUT OF DEBT. You dont need that new car, watch, handbag etc. Material items are not worth your sanity. Have a 3-6 month emergency fund. Don’t waste time on anyone who disrespects you. Have a back bone but don’t be rude. Not everything needs your reaction. Find someone who you can spend endless time with. Talk about ideas not people. Above all fu*k what anyone thinks.

Ill be 41 this year.

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Remi Flynne
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1 month ago (edited)

The respect thing - yes. I used to have a friend who I didn't realise was actually being unkind as it was so subtle. She would belittle compliments I got from others in front of her and wave away information or ideas I wanted to share . Realised it was to make herself feel better. If the compliments I got were wrong in some way it meant that she didn't need to mind that she didn't get them instead. If she rubbished my ideas or information then she didn't have to admit she didn't understand (new things I would read in the scientific or medical world usually). Her low self-esteem problems, not mine. Though mine meant I put up with it for far too long. If someone is hurting you to make themselves feel better... well, they aren't that nice a person truth be told. A real friend would be chuffed if you got a compliment. A real friend would want to hear out your ideas. I mourn the loss to some extent still as she was good fun a lot of the time but she isn't who I thought she was.

Esther Juliet
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1 month ago

I love how summarised this was 😍 with lots of sense BTW.

Charlotte Stewart
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1 month ago

I've never understood the "f**k what anyone thinks sentiment. It's not true that you can get by not caring what anyone thinks (boss, significant other), and it's not practical, either. I honestly don't get it.

El Dee
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1 month ago

About a hundred years ago people had savings accounts in their local 'Savings & Loan' They'd save hard then, eventually, borrow for a mortgage. But there weren't car loans, holidays on credit or expensive remodels. Pretty soon the big banks decided they didn't like these little guys and did everything they could to swat them including offering your Average Joe loans on increasingly easy terms that Savings & Loans couldn't compete with. They pushed the idea of 'keeping up with the Jones's' and borrowing to do so. This is a trap. New cars will devalue by 25% as you drive it off the lot. The amount you DON'T waste on a new car could pay for a holiday. And the cost of the holiday isn't the only consideration, it's the cost of living in the country eg a week in Ireland costs at least double than a week in Spain..

Vorknkx
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1 month ago

"Not everything needs your reaction." - This is advice I often give to my friends as well. People nowadays have this bad habit of getting outraged over anything they see/hear in the media or online. But most of this stuff is so insignificant and unworthy of being outraged over, that it's a waste of time and nerve cells to pay any attention to it.

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#20

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

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April Simnel
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1 month ago

This monologue was mixed into an instrumental back in the 90s, right? It seems very familiar.

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#21

Everything you "get" becomes something you "have"

Learn how to be happy "having" things instead of "getting" them.

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Podunkus
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1 month ago

I tried just “having” a headache instead of “getting” a headache, but I’m still not happy.

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#22

Get a regular exercise routine going and stick to it like your quality of life depends on it, because it does.

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

This is so true, I am so unfit it is negatively affecting my life. Look after yourself especially as you get older.

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#23

Accept that it doesn't always work out in the end. There is no magic balance that says if something awful happens something good must happen later. Not always winning or being happy is part of life. The sooner you find the tools to accept that the sooner you can achieve your goals.

All of the tangible actions mentioned here are reflections of understanding your values. Figuring out what your values are hasten the maturation process. The reason people say go on adventures is because it forces you to understand yourself.

And honestly, get off Facebook and Instagram.

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MrTree1779
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1 month ago

I left social media last year, and I don't miss it. It was all stress, some addiction, and little tangible reward. I look back and see that it was not worth it at all.

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#24

Get out of that creepy cult while you are young. Live your life free of your parent's cult. (I was raised in the Mormon cult)

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

Every cult is creepy. People that need to cling to a cult to give their life some direction and meaning miss out on so much in life.

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#25

If you are lucky enough to have the love of a good woman. Support her and she will support you. Two heads are better than one. I don't what I'd do without my S.O. never take one day for granted. Get out there into the world and enjoy it. I'm 45 this year and plenty of my peers didn't make it and wasted their shot.

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Gillbella
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1 month ago

Find the love of a good person, and be a good person back.

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#26

My simple advice is to own as little as possible. Having minimal possessions has made me happier and more focused. This isn't about sacrifice or going without. It's about finding pleasure in what I already own. If a friend buys a new jacket, I'm happy for him but it wouldn't motivate me to buy one. There's a certain zen calmness when you get off the consumption treadmill.

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Miss Kitty
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1 month ago

Yeah, yeah! Our society is SO obsessed with possessing objects. Well, I don't blame them, big corporations brainwash people to think this way. But these are just stupid objects.

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#27

Go to therapy. Figure out what your insecurities are, why you have them, and how to deal with so that they don't define the rest of your life. Talk about your issues from childhood and you're teens (yea, everyone has issues even in their 20's). If you don't do it now you will make decisions based on or driven by those issues and that will put you on a path you may not like.

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El Dee
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1 month ago

I went to relationship counselling with an ex. The ex refused to come the first time, went the second time and that was it. The benefit I got was when I heard myself making excuses for why it was only me coming to a couples therapy. I realised that their behaviour was no longer excusable, it ended. When you hear yourself saying things out loud to someone else it makes you think that unthought thought, say the unsaid, realise the unrealised and gives you the chance to put things right. Many years later I had psychotherapy and was suffering MDD. I was asked to keep a mood diary, just what I was doing (not in great detail) and how I felt emotionally. Every time I saw my ex (different ex) I was depressed that day. Some people make you solve all their problems but don't give anything back. No encouragement, no support, no sounding board. If that's your 'other half' then they aren't (a half of the relationship) You are the 90%. If that's you, move on and find someone else..

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#28

This whole thread is wholesome af. I'm 32 but I wish I would've spent more of my 20s listening to advice of slightly older people rather than trying to prove that I could figure it out on my own. Imagine how much energy I could've saved.

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El Dee
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1 month ago

At 25 I felt as though I had lived an entire lifetime. I felt so old and I was worn out by life. Since then I have begun to feel progressively younger and more carefree. In short there is always time to change things, it's never too late..

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#29

Don't put yourself in ridiculous amounts of debt trying to portray a certain image. You'll spend your entire life trying to get out of the hole you dug or you'll have to declare bankruptcy.

Set aside enough money to cover 3-6 months of expenses for emergencies just like now. Moreover, save now for your retirement years. It doesn't require much and if you have it taken directly from your paycheck you won't be inclined to not pay yourself first.

Take care of your body. Exercise to maintain a healthy weight and good cardiovascular health. As you get older, it's much harder to maintain these.

Enjoy the days of your youth without going overboard. There is nothing wrong with having a good time, yet if you are always waking up wondering what happened last night, why you can't remember how you spent so much money or you always have a hangover; you should tone it down a bit.

Don't take advice or criticism as a personal attack. Most times the people who care about you have observed behavior in you which is off putting, doesn't reflect who you really are or could be or would make you a more rounded person.

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Astrid Nineor
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1 month ago

The last one is difficult!

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#30

Yes, HAVING KIDS ISN'T THE DEFAULT OPTION. It's a huge decision so many people don't realise they have to make.

I'm sure you'll get replies about "true happiness" and "purpose" and stuff, and for those people who are wired to want kids, great, good for you. We aren't all like you, some of us don't want to go down that road and can live just as fulfilling a life our own way.

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Kathy Baylis
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1 month ago (edited)

Important: Please think about context before you judge someone. You never know why their lives are as they are. Sometimes it’s not necessarily their choice.Sometimes life- and plan-changing things happen that are beyond a person’s control. So for those who have children, don’t rub people’s noses in it, as you can’t always tell if they actually did or didn’t want to have kids. I wanted children, but married late then had nothing but miscarriages. You have no idea just how much it hurts when people can’t talk anything but kids kids kids, or imply that you “can’t understand because you don’t have children” (fuck you, and your holier than thou attitude, by the way). I don’t mind a little talk about children, but you do know there are other things to talk about, don’t you? Other things that don’t hurt so much. BTW, there are plans being discussed for my husband and I to foster children, and possibly even adopt if we can, once one of us (most likely my husband first) is able to retire and can be a stay at home parent—-becoming two stay at home parents once the other (most likely me) can retire too. 60 is the new 40, so we could raise a couple children in our old age, and still live long enough to see our grandchildren grow up!

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