You must be reading articles and blogs and autobiographies to motivate yourself to go after your dreams or you are looking at that classmate of yours who seem to have it all figured out, and it all just takes a toll on your mental peace and you feel inadequate and insufficient.
What makes a good life is a balance of five things: Career, Relationships, Health, Finance, and Spirituality (Everyday Mental Peace). And the recipe to a successful and happy life is not pursuing the most lucrative career or dating the most popular guy but rather taking the time to figure out what you want in life.
That is what you should be doing in your early 20s: figuring out who you are and what you want.
Knowing who you are do not mean finding out about your past life or some divine introspection but rather just a simple understanding of what are your interests in life (it can be fashion, technology, travel, dancing, singing, or just earning money and fame!) and then understanding what scares you from doing what you want (fear of failure? Rejection? Criticism? Etc.)
I am leaving down some general advice to help you get started and gain some perspective.
Many of us are stuck in the race of choosing unfulfilling jobs to earn money and that is a mistake. A big huge mistake. Your career should be an intersection of your passion, compassion, and expertise. (I recommend watching Jay Shetty’s video on Finding your Purpose ).
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The secret to forming the right relationships that sustain your entire life is to choose based on your values. You are an average of five people you spend most of your time with. If you are highly ambitious, being friends with someone who is not will only hinder your progress.
You cannot choose your family. Their intentions are not bad for you so the first step is having an open and direct conversation about areas of disagreement and then if they are toxic, moving out might be the right thing to do.
Your values refer to choices that you make or would want to make for yourself: eating healthy vs unhealthy, reading books vs watching movies, thinking to change the world vs living on a beach peacefully, etc.
Nothing matters if you are not alive to enjoy and experience. Health truly is wealth. Focus on Nutrition. Eating healthy is neither hard nor expensive or boring. Spend some time figuring out the right nutrition program that works for you: sustainable, enjoyable, and maintainable. And the second part of health is staying active. You do not have to force yourself to go to the gym if you hate it, choosing a sport that you like and playing it every day is a great start! Begin with staying active and with time, you will improve. Take my word, you will improve!
It is not your career. It is how you are planning to create wealth or attain financial freedom. Start thinking about your retirement and begin investing your money today accordingly. There is plenty of free information available online that can help you get started.
Spirituality/Everyday Mental Peace:
Lastly, it is very important to understand the idea of happiness and inner everyday peace. Life is unfair and you have to learn to stay positive despite circumstances.Lastly, I wish you all the best, and here’s a smile for you! ☺ Have a good day.