When you are young and in the prime of your twenties, you would definitely be forgiven for preferring to live in the moment and enjoy everything that is happening in the present rather than spending too much time looking ahead. However, there is no getting away from the fact that the sooner you start to make decisions and choices about your older years, the better off you are going to be when you actually get to them! These things don’t have to be particularly drastic or life-limiting in the present, but they are definitely worth considering. Here are some good ways to invest in your future in your 20s.
Do some groundwork and make as many contacts as you can. You never know what you might see yourself doing in a year or two, and you never know who you might have in your contacts list that could help you out on a new and exciting. Collect them like Pokémon, and you will be ready to fight any battle!
Do as much reading as you can, both of fiction to enhance your imagination and of non fiction to enhance your life skills and understanding. Great novels can broaden your creative horizons, and great historical and self help books can help to prepare you in lots of different ways, making you more ready and confident to take on what the world is ready to throw at you.
Your body is a temple, so make sure that you treat it that way! Maintain a healthy diet and do regular exercise, because feeling spectacular right now will only mean that you continue to feel spectacular in the years to come. You can’t fully appreciate a healthy body until you one day face the risk of not being so able.
Spend lots of time and money on education, because the way pretty much all society is going means that the more qualifications you have, the better your prospects are going to be. That doesn’t look like something that is going to be changing any time soon! Don’t settle for just average, always aim to be more qualified and better educated than your nearest professional rival.
It’s important to keep your body healthy, but it’s equally important to keep your mind healthy. Your mental health is vital, and you need to do all of the relevant self care in order to make sure that you stay happy and content throughout your years. The earlier you start paying attention to your mental health, the stronger it will continue to be.
Your twenties are when you really start to make good money, but don’t get carried away and be irresponsible with it. I know it feels stupidly early to be thinking about retirement, but there is no such thing as over planning when it comes to setting up financial freedom for the rest of your life.
Now is the time make meaningful relationships. Drop the fair-weather friends and make time only for those who will be positive forces in your life and stick around. As you mature, so should your relationships, so you don’t have time to waste on people who will be harmful rather than helpful in your pursuit of your future goals.