I still have a few months until I turn 20 – but the big day is threateningly looming. Don’t get me wrong – I am excited and ready to take on my twenties, but part of me just thinks 20 sounds so old. Right now I’m a teenager and I feel like when I make mistakes people can accept them and say, ‘Oh, she’s just a teenager.’ As soon as I turn twenty the days of being a foolish teenager will be gone, and I will enter the adult world. I know when I turned eighteen I was technically an adult, but I was a teenaged adult, turning twenty is going to be completely different. Twenty somethings are starting their lives, they are graduating college, getting married, starting families, and getting their foot in the door for their dream careers.
This is terrifying and beyond exciting. I like to think that I am ready for this new adventure, but part of me isn’t so sure. I can hardly make any decision at all without consulting at least half a dozen people first, and I don’t really know how I am going to function when I am completely independant.
Recently I was gifted an incredible book that I hope is going to make the journey a little bit easier. The 20 Project is a compilation of essays written by adults who have successfully navigated their twenties. The book is chock full of great advice and fantastic quotes.
To those 20-year-olds out there, from the sum of my life experience, I say, follow your heart. Be humble; try not to be egotistical and self-serving by finding a way to use your talents, intellect, skills and creativity to serve others. In doing so, you will find peace, happiness, purpose, and love.
The book gave me a sense of hope, excitement, and reassurance about my absolutely terrifying (and hopefully wonderful) future. It is always reassuring to hear advice from people who have been there,done that. It would make an incredible gift for any high school graduate, college student, or twenty something in your life. Heck, even if you’re well out of your twenties – this advice is golden, and most of it can be applied to people of any age at all.