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5 Lessons People Wish They Had Learned in Their 20s

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They say hindsight is 20/20, and many people often fantasize about going back in time to give themselves some life-changing advice. While we can’t magically transport ourselves to the past to make some tweaks here and there, we can learn a lot from people who have lived through their mistakes and figured out better solutions moving forward.

When you’re in your 20s, optimism is mixed with uncertainty, and navigating those waters often means making one mistake after another. While it’s important to make some mistakes so you can learn and grow, it’s not exactly necessary. You can bypass a lot of grief by listening to those in their 30s, 40s and beyond, and understanding you don’t need to do what everyone else is doing whatever that may be.

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Here are five things many people wish they'd known in their 20s.

If you had a large group of friends in your early to mid-20s and feel like you’re losing many of them, don’t fret. It’s perfectly normal for people to change their interests and priorities right now, and yours may not align with those of your college and party buddies. Younger people share a common bond of being in a gray area of their lives, and once that gray starts to fade a bit, many grow closer to just a few people rather than try to accommodate 50 sort-of friends.

In the dating world, this is also very normal. We don’t really know who we are yet in our 20s and try the best we can to learn about ourselves........

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