In case you haven’t heard, you only live once.
Your young-adult years will slip through your fingers before you know it.
It shouldn’t depress you — it should empower you to take charge of your life and pursue your dreams.
Read on and start checking things off.
1. Living in a big city
Quora user Dylin Redling says he moved to Manhattan when he was 24 and then to San Francisco when he was 26. “They were the two best moves I ever made,” he says. “I highly recommend living in a city with a lot of diversity where you can meet people from all over the world.”
2. Challenging yourself physically
“While you’re young, train for and complete a marathon, a Tough Mudder, a triathlon, or something similar,” Redling says. “It’ll help you physically and mentally to push through boundaries and go for goals.”
As Bernie Michalik writes on 99U, training for a marathon teaches you some key life lessons, like the importance of tracking your efforts and results as you’re working toward a goal.
These skills will help pave the way for your personal and professional success down the line.
3. Learning to meditate
Redling recommends starting a meditation practice as a way to manage stress. He writes:
“You’re going to experience A LOT of stress over your lifetime, so it’s best to learn how to effectively deal with it as soon as possible. One of, if not, the best ways is through meditation. Take a class, read a book, or do some research on the basics, and make it part of your life.”
You might want to explore mindfulness meditation, which involves focusing on the intake and outtake of breath.
If you find that this type of meditation helps you stay calm and focused, it’s a practice you can use whenever and wherever.