You Only Get To Use Your 20s Wisely Once

“You’re only twenty-something once.”

I respect the advice for what it is. It’s true that we’ll only ever have our 20s once. The idea here is that we might look back in regret later if we don’t do enough to have fun now, when there’s probably no more forgiveable time to do stupid, short-term-minded things.

It’s true that we might look back in regret later if we don’t do enough to have fun now.

But there’s a flip side to this advice. We often just think about how we’ll only get to *do crazy/fun/debauched stuff* in our 20s once. Why do we never consider the regret we might bear later for missing our shot at using our 20s wisely?

How many people in their 30s and 40s now wished they had continued (or started) to save, work, invest, and plan for their futures? Even if they start on the right path now, they won’t have the pride to know that they spent their 20s in disciplined commitment to a goal. This, too, is a loss.

You only get to use your 20s wisely once. Remember to balance this truth in the mix when you decide to spend a little bit of your 20-something-short-term-thinking budget.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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