Things to Do in Your 20s

We know right now it’s hard to imagine that March 22nd will ever get here, let alone June 12th (end of UC Davis spring quarter), but winter is a great time to make some long-term plans.

There are a lot of things that are easier to do during the relative freedom of your 20s (either by yourself or with a loved one or friend/roommate), and HuffPo has a list of them here:

Take a vacation. We are given mandatory vacation days for a reason. Don’t use them all on days for appointments and visiting home. Go somewhere warm! Go somewhere romantic! Go somewhere exotic and different. You have your own money now. And you certainly deserve it.

Think. Think before you spend. Think before you eat. Think before you tweet. Think before you drink. A problem with us 20-somethings is that we rarely think — we just DO. We have (barely any) money, so we spend it. We hate saying no, so we constantly find ourselves eating poorly and drinking way too often. We are under pressure by Instagram and feel the need to add a filter to every single picture we take and then post it on all social media sites we use. We tweet whatever is on our mind. And we post things on Facebook in the heat of the moment. This year, think before you do any of the above. Please.

Get rid of fake friends. And stop being fake yourself! You graduated college. You’re in the real world. There’s no need to keep pretending you like so-and-so just because they’re friends with your friends and you feel you have to. But there’s also no need to be mean to people. You’re too old for that. Be cordial, but don’t go out of your way to make a friendship happen that’s just not going to happen. Focus that energy on new friendships with people you actually like. Don’t exclude people, don’t be cliquey, and ignore any drama that attempts to come your way. Do YOU and don’t worry about anyone else.

Buy something valuable. Whether it be a phone, a computer, a TV, a tablet, or a designer bag, treat yourself. Embrace your inner responsible adult by buying something you could never afford in college and then be responsible for that item. It will be good practice for having a child. Okay, not really, but whatever.

Call friends and family. No one calls people anymore. We just tweet, text, and… well that’s about it since Facebook wall writing is now a thing of the past. We don’t listen to people anymore, so our conversations are completely impersonal. When someone is being nice, we sometimes mistake them for being rude and of course never say anything because it’s just a text. This year, take a few minutes every week (or couple of weeks) to call people. Of course face to face communication is ideal, but if you have to resort to something else and you really want to catch up with someone — or keep up with someone — give them a call.

Want more ideas on fun things to do in your 20s? Click on the link above.