Your 20’s can be a tricky time in your life. You’re old enough to be considered an adult, and yet somehow you feel like the fish out of the water surrounded with people who are more adept, has more experience in life, and are filled with wisdom. You might be only starting the road to gaining life’s wisdom, so expect advices thrown your way every now and then.

It is generally a period filled with fun and exciting times, your 20s. Though filled with confusion at some point, it is always a time of transition and adventures you will look back on later in life. It may be a long journey but as you go along you will find yourself in a number of experiences which will richen your view in life.

Regardless, you can’t go wrong with arming yourself with advices to help you get through your 20s.

• Be bold and take risks
The thing with being in your 20’s is that you have the freedom to choose, well if you choose to, that is. This is the perfect time to pursue what sets your heart on fire and of what makes you happy. In so doing, there are things you might risk in the process but in order to figure out which things are worth pursuing—you have to take a risk and do it in the first place.

• Surround yourself with good friends
Good friends weigh more than the value of gold. As you grow older in life, it is important you keep in touch with lifelong friends who can make you feel better when you need some cheering up. They help you feel good about yourself even in times when you hate yourself the most, and they help you become a better person as a whole.

• Learn the art of gratitude
A simple “thank you” goes a long way. Take time to appreciate people’s efforts especially if they do something for you. A small gesture of gratitude along with a sincere smile may just complete someone’s day. We all fight our own battles and you never know when they may need positivity the most.

• Maintain a reading habit
Reading is one hobby you can pick up shortly especially after you’re through with your studies. Now that you aren’t necessarily required by the academia to read books, do it voluntarily and find a genre you are most interested in. For one, classics can bring a bit of perspective into your life. You may even pick up some lessons you haven’t before!

• Balance your work-personal life
Make every second of every day count. Don’t get too swamped with work, as your life doesn’t solely revolve around deadlines and summary reports. Learn how to manage your time well and spend time on doing the things you love the most. Take note, it won’t hurt to have some time for yourself and enjoy the little things in life.