1. Go to a Music Festival.
See your favourite bands play live; experience the atmosphere, the fashions and the micro-culture of life in a large field with a crowd of people all there to enjoy the experience.
2. Buy Dinner for Your Parents.
Your parents may have been been funding your life for years, so now you can experience the joy of repaying their kindness, love, and responsibility, and of developing an adult relationship with them. Taking them out for dinner, and picking up the bill, is one of the ways of doing this.
Travelling, with the exposure to different climes, cultures, and peoples, broadens the mind, helps develop life skills, and makes for more open attitudes and tolerance. However open-minded you are, there’s nothing like experiencing a different way of life firsthand. It also furnishes you with some great dinner party stories!
4. Try an Adrenaline Sport.
You could try sky diving, white water rafting or bungee jumping. Pushing your comfort zone and trying something like this may terrify you, but you’ll feel immensely proud of overcoming your fear.
5. Spend the Whole Weekend Partying.
Doing an “all weekender” can be more difficult as you get older and have more responsibilities—it’s a great experience to try!
6. Have a Good Conversation with Someone of a Different Faith or Belief to Your Own.
Conversations like this helps us realise we’re not so different to other people, regardless of appearances.
Have your say on how your home country is run. We really can’t complain if we have the democratic right to express our views, but don’t do so.
8. Dye Your Hair a Completely Different Colour.
Or change your hairstyle. One change that can make you feel like a different person.
9. Go to a Gay / Lesbian Club or Bar.
Or join in with a Pride parade/festival. If you’re gay, you could hang out at a straight bar.
10. Let Go of a Friendship.
Not all friendships are meant to last forever; some come into our lives and exist for different reasons at different times in our life. Holding on to a relationship that has run its course doesn’t do either of you any favours. Quality rather than quantity of friends is the important factor.
11. Like Yourself.
The teen years are for exploring who you are, what you like, and how you tick. Now its time to embrace who you are: be proud of the unique self you have become.
12. Practice Being Charitable.
Giving is more rewarding than receiving. Consider volunteering at a home for the elderly, or donating a percentage of earnings to a charity that you feel is important. Something as simple as smiling more and being more friendly to the people in your life and strangers that you come across can make a big difference to both you and them.
13. Let the Grudge Go.
Holding resentment does more damage to you than anyone else. Let it go. Use your energy for more healthy pursuits.
14. Go on a Blind Date.
The excitement, the worry, the unknown outcome—who knows what may come of it? A blind date makes for a great story to tell friends, a learning experience and maybe even a great love.
Your body is not 18 anymore. All bodies age, and the punishment you might have applied to it in your teens and early twenties by excessive studying, partying, and having a chaotic lifestyle will not be so easy to recover from as you get older.
16. Learn to Cook
Learning to cook, if you haven’t already, can be fun, good for your health, and your bank balance. Trying new recipes and developing a repertoire of easy, simple and healthy meals is a great start.
17. Learn to “Be”.
The Italians have a great word; “Asolare“. It means spending time in a meaningless but delightful way. Learn to just be, rather than always doing.
18. Save for Your Retirement.
The earlier we start, the greater the amount for your golden years. It may seem a long way off still, but the retired you will thank you for having started by now.
19. Camp Under the Stars.
Experience the wonder of our world, with just canvas separating you from mother nature. It puts everything back into perspective, especially when life gets clouded by all the trappings and complexities of the modern world.
20. Learn to Balance Your Finances.
Money can be an asset or a burden, but a lot depends on how you manage it. A few skills in the art of balancing your finances can have a big positive impact on your life.
21. Wake up Somewhere Unfamiliar.
Enjoy the initial confusion, followed by the delighted feeling of having done something reckless, followed by the reality of “how do I get home?”.
22. Eat Exotic Food.
This is even better if it has an un-prounounceable name and is experienced in another country!
23. Buy a Ridiculously Expensive Item of Clothing.
Then leave it un-worn in the back of the closet. Keep it as an impulse buy; a reward to yourself; a “you deserve it” item you buy but never feel okay to wear but never get rid of because it cost so much.
24. Learn to Say No.
Learning to say “no”, is an important skill and one that can dramatically increase the quality of our lives.
25. Learn to Be Alone
Our relationship with ourselves is the most important one of our lives; we won’t spend as much time with anyone else! Learning to enjoy our own company and enjoy being alone is invaluable on so many levels.
Here’s a list of things that we regret not doing in our 20s: 9 Things We Regret Not Doing in Our 20sFeatured photo credit: Climbing young adult at the top of summit with aerial view of the blue sky via Shutterstock