We all remember our youth those crazy days when we didn't have many cares in the world. The days when all we had to do was worry about studying early enough so we could hit the bars with our friends for a night we wouldn't remember. Ah, those were the days. Or were they? Do you look back on your college days and think, “Wow, that was fun but man, I'm so much better off now.” That's because you likely are. And there are signs in your everyday life that remind you of that. Read below to find out why you are much better off today than you were in your 20s.
1. Rent Money Worries
Remember the days when you could only afford to splurge on dinner out after you set aside your rent money? More than likely, a day of shopping or buying a new outfit were not even an option for you. Well, today you likely have a decent job that allows you to splurge when you feel the need to. You can go out with friends for a classy dinner, instead of settling for a Big Mac and fries. And you can do it without worrying at all about having to pay for a roof over your head.
Because you have succeeded in life, whether it's in your job or in the fact you've finally found a decent partner to share your life with, you are much more confident in yourself. You can walk around now without worrying about what others think or whether you will fit in with the popular crowd, because you've finally realized none of that stuff matters. And what a relief that is.
Gone are the days of binge drinking and fast-food bloating. You now take care of yourself and realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Because you are more healthy, you have more energy and just simply feel better about yourself and life in general.
Whether we like to admit it or not, all of us were likely jealous of someone when we were younger. Whether it was the pretty girl who got all the guys or your best friend who seemed to be getting all As without any effort in school. Well, today you are proud of yourself and how far you've come. You no longer measure yourself up against your peers.
5. Easy Going
Chances are you are much more easy going today than you were in your 20s. You realize life throws you curves all the time and it's better to take it with a healthy attitude. You are much better at handling criticism or rejection and you understand that it's much easier to get through tough situations with a sense of humour rather than crawling under the covers and crying about it.
6. Better Decisions
Your decisions today are likely based more on what you want rather than what other people want. You no longer have to ask what others want you to do because you are confident enough to know what will make you happy and what is best for your life. In a matter of words, you don't really give a crap what others think of your decisions.
7. On Time
Did you ever sleep through an exam or skip a class because you just didn't feel like going? And then realize how much you had to pay for that decision later? Well, today you realize the importance of showing up on time for things. You have learned to respect others and organize your life in a way that allows you to get everything done that needs to be done. You have suddenly become more reliable and your friends, family and colleagues have learned to appreciate and respect you for that.
There is a sense of pride for your life that you have today. You have a home that you are proud to call your own. You have a job that you have succeeded in. You have friends and a family. You are likely happy and comfortable with where you are and aren't wondering anymore about whether you will find a guy or a girl or if you will get a job that will pay the bills. You've realized that all you need is you and there is an enormous sense of pride that comes with being comfortable where you are in life.
When things don't go the way you want them to, you no longer blame your professor or your parents. You realize that with age comes responsibility and you take it like you should. You are more mature now and realize that sometimes you are the one to blame for whatever bad thing happened in your day. A true sign of maturity is accepting that responsibility and doing what has to be done to fix it.
10. Healthy Relationships
You no longer hang out with toxic people who make you feel second best. You have learned the importance of surrounding yourself with those who accept you for who you are and those who build you up instead of tear you down. You have healthy friends you can count on and likely a healthy romantic relationship built on respect and trust.
No matter what your job is or how much money you make, you are on your own. You have true independence and are taking responsibility for yourself. You no longer have to ask permission to use your parents car or rely on expensive cab rides to get where you want to go. You have your own money and can do whatever you darn well please.
You have interests now in your life that you likely never thought possible in your 20s. Maybe you like to garden, or read for pleasure and not for a test. You have hobbies today that make you live a happy, balanced and peaceful life. You are interested in exploring this great world and, because you now have a little money at your disposal, you can save and do what it is that truly interests you.
You realize that dreams are attainable if you work hard for them. Nothing is going to be handed to you on a silver platter and that's ok. Because now you realize that what you want from life is something that you have to put in effort to achieve. You're mature enough to find ways to make your dreams happen and when they do, you will know you've truly succeeded.
You realize that life may not necessarily get easier, but that you get smarter. Remember past challenges you had and you never thought you would get over them? Maybe you got fired from a job. Maybe your love interest broke your heart. Whatever the situation, you found a way to get over it and move on. Now, when something bad happens, you are able to deal with it and realize that when one door closes, another opens.
15. Alone Time
Gone are the days of feeling pressured to go out or do something your friends are begging you to do. You now realize that you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. You are able to reject an offer to do something that makes you happier – whether it's going out to a movie by yourself, yoga on the beach or sitting at home with a bowl of popcorn for a Netflix night. Your time is yours to enjoy how you want.