Some say that 25 is the right of passage into adulthood, but I truly believe that age does not dictate our level of maturity or amount of life experience. Instead it proves that it’s all about perspective.
Life is more about how you approach living it rather than about the number of years you’ve lived. In my commitment to live life wholeheartedly, I now welcome new opportunities, stay in awe, and look for ways to be present for small moments.
As I embrace my 25th year of life, here are some of the best things I’ve done for myself that have made me who I am now.
1. Move to an unfamiliar place
Moving out on your own gives you a greater sense of independence regardless of what age you decide to take this leap of faith.
2. Learn to trust yourself
By trusting our intuition, we open up a relationship with ourselves and become committed to owning our choices and knowing what is right for our paths.
3. Travel solo
Travel is always memorable, but traveling alone will be one of the greatest adventures of your life. It will broaden the relationship you have with yourself and help you to see all your capabilities.
4. Take an epic road trip
Get in your car and go, with friends or alone, and experience the open road and what it feels like to land upon a town that feels untouched.
5. Enjoy being single
Embrace where you are in this independent part of life and take the time to really love who you are without the attachment of someone.
6. Experience a relationship
Learn what it’s like to be intimate and vulnerable. You will be able to open your heart to similar experiences in the future.
7. Remove toxic relationships from your life
Know that all things are temporary, including relationships. Prioritize your worth over dealing with negative emotions and people.
8. Identify a hobby, or two, or three
Have fun with yourself! What do you enjoy doing? Start doing them!
9. Make health a priority
Health isn’t about being “healthy.” It’s about understanding your body and what makes you feel amazing. Do your best to support that feeling every day.
10. Learn to appreciate your body for everything that it is
Body shaming is something we all navigate in our lives. Begin focusing more on all that your body is capable of doing, rather than how it looks.
11. Take yourself out on dates
There’s nothing I love more than sitting alone outside at a café, writing, photographing and people watching. Take yourself out. Don’t wait to do something with someone else. You are your best company!
12. Fall in love with something
Whether it’s a human, an animal, a plant, a place, fall in love and relish in the wonder of its presence.
13. Keep learning, take a class in something new
Sign up for salsa dancing, learn to rock climb, take a class on a topic you’ve wanted to learn but never had the time to try. It feels good to keep our brains active!
14. Start writing down memories
You’ll look back one day and wish you had more than a couple of photos to remember the moment.Write them down now. Describe them in a visceral and captivating way. Your future self will appreciate it.
15. Take a trip to the place you’ve been wanting to for years
You aren’t guaranteed to live for years or the next day. Think about places you want to go and then figure out ways to make the trip possible.
16. Start saving for something meaningful
We’re all aimlessly told to save, save, save. Don’t just do it for nothing. Make sure the reasoning behind your savings is something meaningful, even if you don’t yet know what you’re saving for.
17. Take action on the ideas you have
Your ideas are valuable. You created them and they deserve to be shared with the world.
18. Put yourself first
You deserve your own love and attention. Recognize this now before a few years pass and you miss the opportunity to connect with yourself at an early age.
19. Talk to strangers and connect
Some of my most rewarding conversations and deepest connections have been with strangers from airplanes, craigslist and the sidewalk. Take time to notice people and hear their stories — it helps you to shape your own.
20. Learn to cook and enjoy doing it
Cooking is a form of communication with your own body and with other people. It can be a satisfying and therapeutic experience. You’ll feel proud of yourself every time you cook a meal.
21. Take a yoga class, or two
Yoga isn’t all about physical movements but rather deeper spiritual practices. Connect with your higher spirit and intuition through these practices and lean into them as you grow over time.
22. Practice gratitude
There’s a lot to be thankful for in a lifetime but start noticing what you’re grateful for now. It makes life all the more beautiful and rewarding.
23. Create a ritual for yourself
Journaling and yoga are my main ritual practices. These routines keep me grounded and guarantee time for myself. Practice things that make you happy.
24. Do something every day that brings you joy
Even 10 minutes of joy everyday will make the mundane parts of life seem less taxing and easier to move through.
25. Commit to having the best years of your life yet
There’s so much more life to be lived, embrace it fully.