As an adult, you have visions of how your life is going to turn out. You have an idea of what you want, and you focus on those things that will help you to achieve your goals.
As an adult, you also have a variety of friends, and it’s likely that your friends range in age. While you may find that you have more in common with those friends that are closer in age to you, you need to remember that you can learn valuable information from friends young and old.
What Your Younger Friends Can Teach You
Mistakes are okay.
Every young adult makes mistakes because they’re just starting out their life on their own, and these individuals are capable of bouncing back from mistakes because they know that they happen. As we get older, we tend to feel as if everything needs to be perfect and if we slip up, it will be devastating to our lives. The truth is that while mistakes may come with consequences, you have to understand that they will happen every now and then and that instead of dwelling on it, you need to learn from it.
Splurge every now and then.
Budgeting is important, and you probably have a decent understanding of where you spend your money and how much you can afford to spend on certain things. Your young friends are still living their life for themselves, and you need to learn that it’s okay to splurge every now and then. Go on a shopping spree, spend your money stupidly one time, and enjoy every second of it.
Fall in love.
Younger people may not truly understand what love is, but the important thing is that they love. Don’t keep yourself from enjoying one of the best feelings in the world because you’re too focused on your job. Instead, pay attention to the world around you, meet new people and allow your heart to fall in love.
What Your Older Friends Can Teach You
Spend more time with your family.
Listen to the regrets of older people. Nobody wishes that they worked harder at their job or that they got the big promotion. Instead, everyone’s regrets involve not spending enough time with their loved ones. Make sure that you live your life without regret and realize that your family is more important than your job. Spend quality time with your family, watch your kids grow up, and fall madly in love with your spouse all over again.
Although it’s okay to splurge every now and then, you also want to make sure that you put some money aside for a rainy day. Make sure to put money into a 401k or Roth IRA to use for retirement, and always try to have an emergency savings fund created. In case the unfortunate happens, you don’t have to rely on credit cards to get you through it.
Pay attention to your health.
Nobody wants to get older, but it’s inevitable, and in order to be healthy in your older years, you need to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself now. Quit smoking, start exercising, quit drinking too much alcohol and start eating healthier. What you do today will set the tone for your future.
Garrett Payne is a college student in Oklahoma. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing basketball, and hanging out with friends.