The seven deadly sins not to commit as a twenty-something
Being a twenty-something is a confusing learning curve of new experiences and life lessons and, while learning from our mistakes is an important part of the twenty-something decade, there are some things we just shouldn’t be doing.
While these twenty-something sins may not be deadly in the Biblical sense, you’ll thank future-you for snapping out of them while you’re young.
Look after your bodies, folks! You may be in constant awe of the amount of junk food you’re able to consume without it having any real effect on your #fitspo body, but there’s only so much pizza and wine you can consume before it starts to catch up to you.
I’m not saying these are bad things (only a special kind of evil would knock pizza and wine), but looking after your body now will set you up for a better and healthier lifestyle later, which you’ll really need when you’re a parent, CEO, or any other type of successful human.
There’s a big difference between being passionate about something – and striving towards that – and excessively focusing on the things we don’t have. Instead of lusting after a person, a job, or an expensive pair of shoes, channel that energy into positive passion, working hard, and getting shit done.
No one in the world is too intelligent or skilful to ask for help every once in a while. Some of the best jobs you’ll get, people you’ll meet and grades you’ll receive will come from needing a little helping hand – and not being too proud to ask for it.
There’s nothing wrong with being happy about everything you’ve achieved so far, but your 20s are a time for choosing career paths, networking, learning new skills and fucking up more than you’d like. Just know that pride doesn’t look good on anyone (especially potential employees).
Learning to let things go is a true sign of adulting. While bad grades, rejected job applications and shitty friends or colleagues are definitely things to be upset over, letting anger consume you is just going to affect other parts of your life.
Learn from these experiences and move on. Killing it at life is the best revenge anyway, right?
Wanting to keep up with the latest fashion trends and tech is understandable given the consumer culture we live in, but spending beyond your means is a recipe for disaster.
While pretending to have a disposal income can be fun, being ‘rich’ in material possessions should be less of a priority in your 20s than things like your education, friends, family and saving for the future. Work hard now to buy all the crazy stuff you want once you can afford it, but don’t let it break the bank while you’re young.
Jealousy is a very normal human emotional but it’s important that, as twenty-somethings, we stop comparing ourselves to others and learn how to be content with and proud of our own appearance, career and achievements.
This is easier said than done, but it’s a skill that should be mastered, for the sake of our own happiness and mental health.
Stop. Being. Lazy. It sounds harsh, and absolutely everyone is guilty of it at some point, but your 20s are a defining decade that shouldn’t be underestimated.
Stop using ‘Ps get degrees’ as an excuse to not care about your uni assignments or grades. Stop putting off those appointments. Write that essay. Apply for that job. Find work experience in your field. Getting shit done is the first step to achieving the life you’re working towards.
Penny is a Philosophy and Media and Communications student at the University of Melbourne. She enjoys traveling, snacking, and not going to the gym.