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Monday, 13 February 2017

6 Life Skills I Want To Master In My 20's


It's funny how we all assume we should have our shit together by the time we're in our twenties. We'll want to have landed our dream jobs by now, be in a somewhat stable relationship, possibly have our own house - or if you're like me, you'll want a dog you can dress up in human clothing. But, this isn't always the case with some of us and that's okay.

It takes time to realize that things won't just fall into your lap. We'll spend our twenties learning the ins and outs of what will be required of us, we'll struggle to find our feet at times but we'll still manage it and then soon we'll realize that we're never really going to be prepared and we're about to spend the rest of our lives just winging it - oh the joys.

So; to make it look like I'm getting my life together, here are 6 life skills I want to master in my twenties:

1. HOW TO COOK:
Being able to cook a family dinner or even a mid-week spaghetti is an important life skill to master in your twenties - I should know, because Matthew's the chef in our relationship and as far as cooking goes, I'm lucky if I can peel the spuds right. This is why I want to get a few recipes under my belt, I want to experiment more often with my food - no more Pot Noodles or Cheese on toast here! Although in saying this, my Mum did teach me how to whip up a batch of Fifteens and a tray of Rice Crispy Squares - so if you want buns for life, I'm your woman.

2. HOW TO MAKE SMALL TALK:
Please raise your hand, if you've found yourself scrolling through Instagram when you're feeling awkward in a social situation - I can't say this is something I find myself doing quite as frequently, but during College I was damn guilty of it. This is why in my twenties, I want to learn how to spark up an interesting conversation with someone. I want to learn how to make small talk - you'd be surprised what a brave few minutes could do for you.

3. HOW TO SELF-CARE:
In my twenties I want to learn the importance of self-love and self-care. I want to know which foods will nurture my body and which foods won't. I want to learn the importance of exercising daily and how to come to terms with my 'so-called' imperfections. I want to put some time aside for my mental and physical health - actually, I've made a brilliant start,  by loosing over half a stone this year already *pats self on back*.

4. LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH CRITICISM AND REJECTION:
Our twenties are a time for exploration and development; whether it be an academic, personal or career choice. It's important that we understand everyone gets rejected and that it's okay. Some things will work out and some things won't - I want to learn how to move forward from this, as a stronger and more determined person than before. I want to learn how to quit dwelling on things that don't really matter.

5. LEARN HOW TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF/MAKE DECISIONS:
Whether it's at work, out with friends or even in the comfort of your own home - you should never let anyone make you feel small. I want to learn how to voice my opinions in a controlled manner, on topics I feel passionately about. I want to learn how to make important life decisions for myself in my twenties.

6. ASPIRATIONS - LEARNING HOW TO HAVE A LONG VIEW:
Writing, or essentially blogging - has been a dream of mine for some time, it's this dream that has continued to push me forward; no matter how many people have told me that it's unrealistic and silly of me to rely on blogging alone. Yes, it may take a few months or even a few years, but anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I need to remind myself that being in my twenties isn't a race and by developing a long view, I'll have the ability to see beyond the immediate set-backs and see them as small detours or rather bumps along the way.

What life skills do you want to master in your 20's?
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