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Things I Wish I Had Known at 20

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As you age you learn, and sometimes when we look back at our lives you wish you could go back and tell yourself things you haven't’ had time to work out yet. At 25 most of us have been out in the big wide world for many years, maybe with children of our own. But there are still gaps in our knowledge that can only come from more years on this big rock. Here are some things I wish I had known at 25.

1 – It’s OK to ask for help

Whether we are struggling as a new parent, or just finding things difficult, asking for help is perfectly fine. It is a good idea as fighting on alone feeling stressed and fed up is more detrimental to our health and wellbeing than asking for help. It doesn't matter who you ask; there is no failing. Ask a friend, a relative or a professional counsellor; everyone needs help with certain things at some point in their lives.

2 – Try and Save

Money doesn't ever seem important when you are younger. Living hand to mouth and spending the excess works for most young people but there comes a time when you really should think about saving something. It doesn't have to be loads; it just means you have a little bit of money when you need it most. The older you get, the more you will see the point of savings accounts.

3 – Change is good

Remember when you were at school and teachers tried to convince you to pick a career path as if your life depended on it - they were wrong. Change is great; change is part of this road we call life. If you are not able to change your situation, then change your response to the situation. If you can change your job, where you live, or who you live with - then do it. Life is too short to be unhappy, the only bars we have in life are those we impose on ourselves.

4 – Learn to forgive

Forgiving and letting go of things and people that have wronged us is hard. But if you carry grudges and bad feelings the only damage you are doing is to yourself. You cannot account for the behaviour and actions of other people so stop trying. Surround yourself with individuals who love being in your company and do their best never to hurt or upset you, and remember to keep conflict in perspective. There is a lot of wrong in the world as it is, don’t add to it by over inflating a squabble or cross word. Forgive and let go.

5 – Take care of yourself

You only get one body so take care of it. Losing weight gets harder as you age trust me! It is easy to think it doesn't matter what you eat or how you treat your body because old is forever away, but not as far as you think! Embrace self-care and look after the skin you are in.

Enjoy your life and try and surround yourself with as much positive as you can. You will still be learning when you are 60, 70 and even beyond, so accept advice and live your life.

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