11 Things to Know at 25(ish)

My friend emailed me this article from Relevant magazine.  I highly highly highly recommend reading it.  It sums up everything I think is important in life, in a much more eloquent way than I would ever come up with.

The article is called 11 Things to Know at 25(ish)
Here is a summary of the 11:

1. You have time to find a job you love.
"When I was 25, I was in my 3rd job in as many years.  I was frustrated at the end of the 3rd year because I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do next.  I didn't feel like I'd found my place yet.  I met with my boss, I told him how anxious I was about finding the one perfect job for me, and quick.  He asked me how old I was, and when I told him 25, he told me I couldn't complain to him about finding the right job until I was 32.  In his opinion, it takes about 10 years after college to find the right fit, and anyone who finds it earlier than that is just plain lucky.  So use every bit of your 10 years: try things, take classes, start over."

2. Get out of debt and stay out of debt.
"Don't miss out on a great adventure God calls you to because you've been careless about debt."

3. Don't rush dating and marriage.
"Time is on your side."

4. Give your best to friends and family.
"Make and effort to invest in friendships that are important to you. Loyalty is no small thing, especially in a season in which so many other things are shifting."

5. Get some counseling.
"We generally trust medical doctors to heal us from physical ailments.  We can and should trust counselors and therapists to help us resolve emotional and psychological issues. Faith and counseling aren't at odds with each other.  Spiritual growth and emotional health are both part of God's desire for us."

6. Seek out a mentor.
"The best way to find a mentor is to ask."

7. Be a part of a church.
"Decide you're going to be a person who grows, who seeks your own faith, who lives with intention."

8. Find a rhythm for spiritual disciplines.
"In addition to my daily prayer time, I found I lived better if once a month I took the time to pray, read, rest and write, to ask myself about the choices I'd made in the past month and to ask for God's guidance in the month to come."

9. Volunteer.
"Give of your time and energy to make the world better in a way that doesn't benefit you directly."

10. Feed yourself and the people you love.
"Make time for the table and you'll find it to be more than worth it every time."

11. Don't get stuck.
"This is the thing: When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide.  You can see very clearly two kinds of people.  On one side, people who have used their 20s to learn and grow, to find God and themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn't, who have pushed through to become real live adults.  Then there's the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might.  They've stayed in jobs they hate, because they're too scared t get another one. They've stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don't want to be lonely.  They mean to find a church, they mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party.  But they don't do those things, so they live in an extended adolescence, no closer to adulthood than when they graduated.
Don't be like that.  Don't get stuck.  Move, travel, take a class, take a risk.  There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither.  
This season is about becoming."

Read the full article here.

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