What piece of advice did you desperately need when you were 25?
We asked this question to several people, from 27-year-olds all the way up to people in their late-40s. Their answers are brief, but incredibly insightful.
1. You never stop being yourself, so continue to do what you love.
2. Pay your taxes.
3. Being selective with your free time is OK.
4. Not everyone needs to like you, and you don’t need to spend time with people who don’t deserve your friendship.
5. NO ONE has their whole life all figured out. Relax.
6. START SAVING NOW! Even if it’s just $20 a month, you’ll appreciate it later.
7. Prepare your own food and stop asking where your pay check always goes.
8. A home-cooked meal is cheaper and more attractive than taking your date to a restaurant.
9. Don’t buy the cheap toilet paper, you’ll regret it.
10. Don’t study something you don’t love just because you don’t know what to do with your life.
11. Try not to worry too much about your “career,” just find a job you’re passionate about.
12. Learn to live like you earn less than you actually do.
13. Accept and nurture the stuff you’re passionate about, even if it’s weird. In fact, the weirder, the better.
14. Try to live and work outside the country you grew up in for a while.
15. Question everything, especially yourself.
16. If you don’t want to go to a party, just don’t go. It’s OK.
17. You don’t have to go out every weekend to have fun.
18. Sometimes love isn’t enough to make a relationship work, and that’s OK.
19. Don’t let a new relationship take over your life, and don’t let your friendships control you either. Be true to yourself first.
20. Inviting your friends over for drinks at your place will save you loads of cash.
21. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Sometimes bad decisions lead to great stories.
22. Sometimes your friends don’t need you to make them feel better. If you really care about them, learn to be with them when they’re sad too.
23. If you’re not sure if you’re in a relationship, just ask.
24. Don’t move in with your partner just because you can’t afford to live on your own.
25. Drink less and read more.
26. Spend less money on stuff, and more money on traveling.
27. Don’t be so intense with that person you like.
28. Ask your parents for more stories from the past. It will make you wiser and it will make them happier.
29. Almost no one cares about your personal life. But if you think about it, that’s actually kind of freeing.
30. Take risks and ignore anyone who tries to stop you.
31. You don’t have to be rich to travel, just creative.
32. But always make sure to ask the locals if it’s safe to catch a ride.
33. Make a to-do list every day. You’ll get a lot more done, and then have a lot more free time.
34. Start exercising now. The longer you put it off, the harder it will be.
35. Don’t be so hard on yourself, even when you make mistakes. But always take responsibility for your actions.
36. Life is better than you even realize. You’ll figure it out eventually.
37. Stop comparing yourself to others.
38. It’s okay to follow the rules… until you’re the one making the rules.
39. Be as spontaneous as you can as often as you’re able to.
40. Don’t live life inside your head.
41. Do what you want to do, not what others want you to do.
42. Nothing that’s easy is worth it.
43. Keep yourself open to every possibility. Don’t try to plan for everything.
44. Don’t worry about meeting someone else’s expectations. Meet yours.
45. Try not to worry too much if people don’t fully understand you.
46. If your partner insists on leaving, don’t waste time trying to convince them to stay.
47. Don’t reject opportunities just because they take you out of your comfort zone.
48. Don’t make internal sacrifices for external things. Try to live the other way round.
49. Be patient with your parents. They’ve been patient with you your entire life.
50. Always, always try to be nicer than is strictly necessary.
51. The world will try to suppress the things about you that make you unique. Don’t let it.
52. Focus on being yourself and don’t waste time trying to be perfect.
53. Learn to do more things on your own. Learn to be alone.
54. Life isn’t a race, so take your time.
55. Be grateful for your youth. A lot of older people, even the happy ones, would love to be 25 again.