Your twenties are the time to experience life, learn about yourself, make mistakes and figure it all out (or some of it at least). Once you turn 18 life gets real, and once your turn 21 life brings a whole new set of experiences.
This list is filled with crazy these every early twenty-something should experience and some expert recommendations from yours truly that will set yourself up for another fabulous 25 years.
Learn how to cook at least one good meal – for me that’s stuffed bell peppers or the Olive Garden copycat of Zuppa Toscana Soup. Both are SO good!
Go streaking and/or skinny dipping. Nothing feels quite as liberating as barring it all in public and running like a chicken with your head cut off. And if you get caught (like I have every time) then you will have a hilarious story to laugh about for the next 25 years.
Buy something big on your own. A brand new car, your college education, an apartment that you don’t have to share with roommates. Whatever it may be you will not regret it. Hello adulthood!
Go on a date. Dinner, drinks and a movie kind of date. It feels nice and feels so adult-like.
Do something that scares you. When I moved to San Diego I was frightened to drive 8 hours, through mountain roads, at night by myself. But I did it. And now I can do that and more anytime. It’s liberating. Go skydiving, try the “chef special” or any other thing you’re scared to do, but secretly want to.
Get an education because you chose to, not because you were forced to. You don’t have to spend 10 years to get your doctorate. Take one class. Learning is fun when you enjoy the subject and no one ever disliked feeling smarter.
Stay in on a weekend night. Just because you’re in your twenties doesn’t mean you can’t grandma it up every once in a while. Sometimes it feels great to Netflix and chill on a Friday night. Bonus, no hangover in the morning!
Mimosa Brunch. I cannot say enough how much fun Sunday Funday is when you start with mimosa (or Bloody Mary if you prefer) brunch with a group of friends.
Go on a dream vacation. Whether it’s a small dream for a weekender in a nearby city, or round-the-world trip. If it’s your dream, do it.
Try something different – a new type of food, hanging out with a stranger, step out of your comfort zone.
Make a budget. Know it and follow it.
Land a job you love. Work doesn’t have to be a drag when you enjoy what you do. Don’t get stuck in a rut and don’t be afraid to leave something that isn’t serving you as best as it could.
Get a hobby. Without a doubt every new person you meet will ask you what you like to do for fun. Don’t let your answer be watch TV and chill. Be interesting! Play music, sports, be into fashion, read, do art or run a blog!
Have a one night stand, enjoy it and don't regret it.
Get into your workout flow. Find exercises you enjoy and do them. As you get closer to 30 your body will NEED exercise. Start early so you can stay ahead of the game.
Date somebody completely wrong for you. it will teach you what you do and do not want in a relationship and allow you to appreciate it so much more when you meet Mr. Right
Grow closer to your family. Whether you grew up in a tight-knit family or a broken home, as you age it becomes easier to see your elder’s point of view and you will cherish the bond only family members have.
18. Go to a music festival. Multiple days of partying, making friends with like-minded strangers, good vibes and even better music. EVERYONE needs to experience this while they are young, wild and free.
Have a go-to drink. Something that you can always count on to quickly order at the bar. Vodka soda with a splash of cran is mine. Or vodka redbull if I’m a little tired.
Experience a long-term relationship. I think a year counts. Why? Because you’ll learn to not be so selfish and you will learn a lot about yourself too.
Watch the sunset (or sunrise!) from the beach, or a mountain top. Both are equally beautiful, peaceful and make you feel small and appreciative.
Make new friends. It does get harder as you get older. The friends you grew up with will always be there for you and get you like no one else. But new friends can teach you about the world, inspire your future, push your comfort limits and allow you to experience so many new things in life.
That being said, know who your real friends are and keep them close. Be a damn good friend, be there for them when they need you, lean on them when you need to (and you will) and know that no matter where any of you are in the world, or how long it’s been since you talked or hung out – know that these people are your real true friends.
Go to the movies by yourself, or even to dinner by yourself. Look at you Ms. Independent!
Meditate. This one was hard for me. Thoughts aren’t always peaceful and it’s not easy to be alone with them sometimes. But no matter where, when or how often you meditate you will always come out more rational, level headed, mindful and more at peace than before.
These 25 must-dos are a part of growing up, turning from a teenager to a young adult, to a real life adult that can accomplish anything and become anything if you push yourself to it. While you do need to buckle down sometimes and do things that are good for you, it’s also important to less loose and experience life for its crazy moments too!