Anyone around the age of 25 might be interested in this blog post: 25 And Over from the blog Tomato Nation. It has lots of practical advice on what you should leave behind. Not all of this applies to all 25 year olds, of course: some of you might be insulted that someone presumes that this applies to you (for example, Learn to walk in heels or Drinking until you throw up is no longer properly a point of pride). Other things likely will apply to most people at that age (e.g. Take care of yourself or Know How). It’s a good article, and worth a read.
However, I would like to offer some looking forward advice and perspective. You may not know this, but you are entering (or in) a time of your life when you have the most independence and freedom you will have, ever. You are healthier and stronger than anyone a generation later than you is. You have financial independence. You have no dependents. You can take care of yourself. You can do practically anything you want to do, anytime you want.
Sure, you have your troubles. And sure, you could have more money. And for some of you, some of those things may not be true. But for alot of you, they are. And if they are, I would encourage you to take advantage of this time. It will be shorter than you think. Enjoy it while you can.
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