Your 20’s — the time in your life that can pass by in a blink of an eye or leave you with a lasting impact. It’s during this time you graduate college, finally start making decent money and finding yourself with a lot of time on your hands. What you decide to do with your time and the people you surround yourself with will build you into the character you’ll become.

Here are some lessons I’ve learned along the way:

1. The good and bad memories can hinder you, if you let them take over your life. Focus on the present and what is ahead to keep striving for what you ultimately want (i.e. Don’t live in the past).

2. First you make your habits, and then your habits make you.

3. Learn to accept what you cannot change. (This applies to all aspects of you and your life).

4. Usually what burdens you the most is what makes you unique. Be an individual.

5. If you don’t like the situation, fix the problem — find a solution. Otherwise, stop dwelling on it.

6. Show that you care by saying “I love you” even if you may not hear it back.

7. Read several books a year. Read books from different categories. This will get your imagination going and expand your mind in a way you may not expect.

8. Make sure you appreciate the people that are there through your struggle and appreciate them in your success.

9. People respect and react in a positive way towards a person who is able to control their emotions during the most unpredictable and difficult times.

10. Never become too self-centered.

11. Volunteer

12. Say, “Yes” to opportunities — you never know where that might lead you.

13. Travel; Visit a third world country.

14. Be able to relate to the man working at the bottom of the totem pole and to the man at the top.

15. Don’t suppress emotions when trying to overcome a situation. Cry when you feel like crying. Be excited when you feel excited. Trust me, it’ll come back ten times as intense if you don’t.

16. Live by yourself once — you’ll learn how to be alone. You’ll get to know who you are and the things you really want out of life.

17. Don’t resist, it’ll just make the process worse.

18. Learn about different religions before devoting yourself to one, or not devoting yourself.

19. Find a mentor, be a mentor.

20. The older you get the more you see your parents as people.

21. Eliminate the noise.

22. Always wear sunscreen.

23. How you treat your body now will show in a few years. (Eat healthy, get sleep, drink less and exercise more).

24. Days can become routine, try to be aware of the new.

Last and most importantly,

25. Everything in life is about balance.