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20 Things In Your Twenties You Wish You'd Done Differently

If only you knew then what you know now.

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A Reddit thread asked, "What would you change if you could be 21 again?" These were the most common answers.

2. Being afraid to get serious with the right person.

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“I’d commit to a relationship with my best friend instead of thinking I could do better," one person said. "I may never find a better person than her.”

3. Taking back a cheating ex.

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When you’re young you often don’t realize that if a relationship is problematic, you can get out of it. Bad relationships can improve — sometimes — but you shouldn’t bet your life on it.


6. Not making goals for the future.

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You may feel like you have all the time in the world when you’re 21, but if you take too long to get started you could wake up at 30 in the same place you were at 21.

7. Being lazy.

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No one ever looks back at how much time they spent vegging on the couch and thinks, Time well spent! They do, however, wish they’d started a band, traveled the country, started their own business, met more people…


8. Avoiding all things risky or adventurous.


Though there’s something to be said about making it to an older age in one piece, many people wished they’d done things like buy a motorcycle or skydive "instead of listening to the people who talked me out of it.”

10. Digging yourself into a hole of debt.

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Credit card companies specifically target the young because they know they’re more likely to charge things when they shouldn’t. Getting out from under debt later in life can be very difficult — and negatively impact your credit score.

11. Buying real estate before establishing a stable living.

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A number of people wished they'd waited to be in a better position to pay for, and care for, real estate. It’s stressful enough later, when you’re more established.


13. Dressing like a slob.

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Many people wished they’d presented themselves better to the world when they were young and fresh-faced. One person lamented that "a lot of missed opportunities came from looking like slob.”