Turning 24 is a big turning point in a millennial’s life. You’re not a student anymore, you’re likely in your first or second job and you’re nearing 30 faster than you’d like to be.
We’re giving you a little reality check by discussing things you need to stop doing when you turn 24. Are you doing these things?
1. Stop dating unsuitable people
Don’t waste your time with people who you know aren’t really right for you. It’s pretty hard to find people you’re interested in these days but don’t bother experimenting and getting hurt by the wrong people. Instead be open minded and willing to give people the chance they deserve, but also be realistic.
2. Stop caring what other people think
So what if you want to do a degree in Music Management but your parents would rather you did Engineering? So what if you want to go into Sports PR but you’ve ended up working in Topman? You need to do what you’ve gotta do and try not to listen to other people’s opinions. You’ll always have haters, you just have to think who cares?
3. Stop blaming your parents
So you’ve got issues. Who doesn’t? It’s easy to blame your parents and your upbringing but this isn’t really helpful and could damage your relationships with your family. Nobody is perfect but you need to think that you’re your own person now.
4. Stop holding onto old hopes and dreams
Are you holding onto old dreams instead of making new ones? Dreaming is good but if they’re a little unrealistic, maybe you should rethink them. We hate to break it to you but it’s unlikely you’re going to be the next Obama, Rihanna or Zuckerberg, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t aim high! Just not so high that you’re constantly chasing something that will leave you feeling unfulfilled.
5. Stop living in denial about your finances
Remember those blissful years when you could be oblivious to your financial situation and just spend all that you had? Yep, those days are gone now! Start saving, making a plan and thinking about starting a pension fund if you haven’t done so already. You’ll thank yourself in time and you won’t ever have to worry about getting your card declined ever again…
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6. Stop being too nice
People pleasers are dull. Well more dull than people who do whatever the f*ck they want, when they want. In a work scenario you of course have to do what your boss wants and expects from you, but don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself too.