Our 20s are such a fun time. We are figuring out who we are and what we want, while also having fun adventures. From seeing the world and trying new things to getting on top of financial situations and choosing a career path, these bucket list items are things we believe all people between the ages of 20 and 30 should take on and enjoy. Some may seem a little more complicated than others, but trust us - they will all make this amazing decade so much better.
If you are able to jet across the globe and see exotic lands, do so. If there are national landmarks you have been wanting to check out, go see them. If you have not fully explored your own city, then do that! Life is short, and there is just so much to take in out there. We encourage you to try new things, meet new people, see new sights and learn new things.
9 Get Healthy
Some people think of healthy foods and physical fitness and get turned off, but overall wellness is sort of a big deal. We have one body and one life, we need to make sure we are doing what we can to stay fit both physically and mentally.
Maybe you and a pal can join a gym together. You could always throw a veggie or two on your plate or even take a cooking class in order to learn how to prepare healthy dishes, as well as in order to learn new skills with old or new friends!
8 Learn To Cook At Least Two Dishes And Do That Every So Often
Along the same lines, we suggest that you learn to cook at least two dishes and that you cook them now and then! For some, throwing a Hot Pocket in the microwave is cooking. For others, three-course meals are a regular occurrence and are enjoyable to create. Wherever you are in the realm of cooking, know that there should be a few go-to recipes that you can whip up when you have people over, when the holidays roll around or when you run out of freezer food.
7 Start/Add To A Savings Account
Money can be a tough subject, but there’s no time like the present to get real with yourself about your financial situation. We highly recommend setting goals for yourself, and you can start small: get off your parents' cell phone plan, pay off some debt and definitely start adding to an existing savings account (or start one if you don't have one). Emergencies will pop up, and someday you’re going to need that nest egg!
6 Get A Hobby
Another thing to add to your bucket list is getting a hobby. If you already have one, that is great! If you are looking for another or do not have one, then this is the perfect time to try something new, to meet new people, and to use time wisely.
Yes, we get home from work we're tired, and yes, Netflix might be a hobby, but during this time in your life, we encourage you to spend at least 30 minutes a week doing something else, such as reading, learning a language or hiking.
5 Get Involved And Volunteer
Not sure where to start when it comes to trying out new activities? How about volunteering! By giving back to your community and donating time, energy or items, you will not only be using your time wisely, but you will also be doing some good. You can find one volunteer opportunity that you can do by yourself every once in a while. Or you could get a group together, hop around together, and get involved in many different ways together. It’s a win-win situation!
4 Find Your Passion
Once you start getting out there, you will probably find that there are lots of cool places around you to see and lots of activities that you are interested in, but we want to take that further. While in your 20s, you should really be searching for your passion, and you should hopefully be making that passion your paycheck.
This one is easier said than done. There are older people who still have no idea what they want to do in life. However, if you know where you are skilled and what you want in life, this will help you narrow down career opportunities. For those who are lucky enough to do what they love every day, congrats!
3 Let Go Of Past Mistakes/Grudges
Here is another serious lesson to learn: let go of past regrets. That girl who was rude to you in school? It’s over! That drunken night in college? That’s history!
We all have moments in our past that we wish we could erase or do-over, but the fact is that it all already happened. There are only two ways to handle it all. First, we have to plan for the future. Remember how that mistake made you feel, and work to not repeat it. Secondly, we have to remember that we live in the present. What happened, happened, and you are here – live life to the fullest, being the best version of you.
2 Call Your Loved Ones Regularly/Remind People That You Love Them
Okay, we discussed how to handle the bad in your life, so let’s move on to the positive aspects. Think about all the people you love. When was the last time you talked to them or visited with them? We don’t mean to put a damper on things, but life really is short. Therefore, your loved ones should know how much they mean to you - so tell them!
1 Be Content In Life, As You Bloom Where You're Planted...Wherever That May Be
Last but not least, we want to remind you that you have to try and be content in life. We hope you are able to see new places, near and far. We want you to get excited about working out and saving money. We’d love for you to learn a new hobby, hang out with old friends, and volunteer your time. But through all of that – the good, the bad and the ugly – we mostly just want you to be happy. You won’t be 100 percent of the time, because that is life. But you can bloom where you are planted. You can make the most of your situation. You can accept who you are. You can know that this life is beautiful...and so are you.