“Nothing is constant except change.” These are just a few small words of advice that have had a big impact on how I live my life in my twenties, especially recently. I have always been a planner, almost to a fault. I like to know who, why, when, and how something is going to happen, except life doesn’t work that way. I can’t remember where I heard it, but I do remember it was when I was in college and it has stuck with me ever since.
It’s funny to think that just a few words can make a difference, but they can! Whenever life shifts gears unexpectedly, I just remind myself that things will always change and that’s okay. Where I am now must not be where I was meant to be, and bigger things are coming. That moment of self-talk helps me to accept the situation for what it is and embrace it head-on.
I recently started to wonder if others I know have their own words of wisdom they live by. Surely, I can’t be the only one. I started talking to a few other twenty-somethings and found out I was right, so many of them have received some sort of advice that has had an impact on them too. Here are some of the inspiring words we collected.
Words Of Wisdom: The Important Advice Getting Us Through Our Twenties
Jessica – “My Circumstances Do Not Define Me”
“It made me take an introspective look at myself in every decision I made. Like, I could do this or I could do that, but is that going to help me in the long run? It also helped me with my confidence in knowing that even though I came from an environment that felt debilitating at times, that didn’t have to be my life if I didn’t want it to be. I had the power and autonomy to use my experiences for the betterment of my life.
Lyndsey – “Be The Change You Want To See In The World”
“It drives me, It reminds me to be kind and to go out of my way to talk to or help someone. It reminds me to be patient and discontent with what I know is wrong and not be afraid to do something about it.
Mallory – “Introduce Yourself Often, And Introduce Your Personality Slowly”
“This has stuck with me for some reason. It has actually been on my mind lately, especially in the professional world and being in a new social setting. I think I sometimes have a tendency to get nervous and ‘blab’ and this helps me to be more conscious of that.”
Carlie – “Just Give A Damn And Work Hard”
“At the time when I heard this, I was doing clinical rotations at a hospital and strongly considering becoming a physician’s assistant. An anesthesiologist there told me not to because it wouldn’t leave me enough time for homemaking. That really put me down. But, a doctor who was standing there rolled his eyes and said, “oh please, you’ll be fine. Just give a damn and work hard”. It’s super simple but has become my mantra. It’s something I would focus on when I started getting burnt out or overwhelmed. And I still do”.
Paige – Always Forward, Never Back
“I remind myself of this a lot. When life gets crazy and I think nothing is going my way, I just keep saying that to myself. As long as you’re going forward, you’re doing good. Even if it’s with the smallest things that you think don’t matter.”
Madison – “Don’t Plow The Small Potatoes”
“It reminds me that sometimes you have to let things go, and that’s okay. You know it’s there, you worked hard to plant it, but if it won’t grow it’s okay to move on. If something isn’t worth it, you don’t have to keep putting your effort into it. Move on to bigger potatoes that are important. It helps me remember to take a step back and realize that something may not be worth worrying over.”
Brittany – Choose Joy
“Choose joy is something I live by. It’s something I say in my head often when I get down on myself or begin to think about the negatives. I am quickly reminded to find the joy in every situation.”
Dawn – Be Present
“For anything really, this is the best advice. When it comes to trying to find happiness, nothing is more important than whatever is right in front of you. Handle that first. Worrying about other things just means you aren’t focused on the life you do have. When you start focusing on now and being grateful, more of what your heart desires flows to you.”
Thank you to all the lovely ladies who took the time to speak with me.
Have you received any advice that has affected you in some way? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.