11 things you should do before you hit the big 22

Because being in your 20s isn’t easy.

Kristen Lazarte
Kristen Lazarte

Published: 14 March 2016, 12:00 AM

20 is the age when you feel ready to conquer adulthood. Then, 21 runs at you and you wish you could turn back time.

But, no! Life goes on, and you’re almost 22. When did that happen?!



I feel you, people. Lucky for you, I have gathered some tips to ease your transition to the big 22.


1. Learn to cook (something simple)


As a semi-adult, learning to cook at least one legit dish is important, especially if you need to impress bae (no, instant noodles doesn’t count). Find some really easy one-pot recipes here.


2. Go on a social media hiatus


Constantly seeing updates about your friend’s amazing trip to who-knows-where and their wild nights out might make you feel bad about your own life. Disconnect yourself from all social networks, and be zen.


3. Rid yourself of negative people


Sometimes, it is necessary to downsize your social circles, such as your acquaintances and peer-pressuring “friends”. You know those people who make you feel bad about yourself? Let them go.


4. Love yourself


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Some days, it is hard to love your flaws, but as cliché as it sounds, these flaws complement your features perfectly. Also, nobody is perfect. Even celebrities have cellulite, no kidding.


5. Travel alone


Here are a bunch of legit reasons why you should travel solo. My favourite reason? You get to gain a sense of independence while discovering yourself.
If you are still not sold, pack your bags and travel with a trusted friend. Instead of booking hotel rooms, try staying in a hostel. You might get to meet similar-minded travellers and make new friends.


6. Exercise


Get pumped.


Sometimes it’s hard to get up from binge-watching Scream Queens and the packet(s) of chips, but exercise really makes you feel better. What’s better than endorphins? A free gym membership!


7. Eat better


I agree, it is expensive to eat healthy, especially when a simple salad can cost you approximately $6, while a combo meal at Burger King only costs $4.95.
But, eating better means your body can do more without wearing out from all simple carbohydrates. Do it for yourself!


8. Don’t agree to something you don’t want to do


Don’t be a “yes” man. Stop feeling guilty just because you’d rather use Netflix than go drinking! If your social group doesn’t understand, then maybe it is time to find another group of friends.


9. Teach yourself a new skill



As Socrates once said: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing”. I have found free places for you to learn online, from coding to business communication. Get smarter with e-learning websites Coursera and ALISON.


10. Talk to your parent(s)


It is finally time to grow out of the teen angst, and start building a relationship with them. Start with one parent first, and confide in them. You might be surprised to learn some interesting things from them.


11. Don’t try too hard to impress others


Be honest but diplomatic.
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Be you, and if people don’t like you, then shrug it off. Haters gonna hate, right?

It is easier said than done, but the most important thing is to not lose yourself—forget about going all the way just to impress people that don’t matter.

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