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 As we reach our early twenties we start to feel a huge shift in our perception of the world and then it happens, BAM! Life hits you, smack in your forehead without you even realizing! Then comes the pressure from society, from your parents, from your friends, and what feels like the world holding you under a microscope.

 But, let’s take a tiny second and even though I do not know you personally, I do have something I want to share with you before you go on your whirlwind of adventures in life. But ultimately, you choose what you take in wholly or with a grain of salt.

 So, to ease this new found pressure and smooth things for you, I give to you the five golden tips that I wish someone told me at 20 before I slammed on the accelerator.

 First is something we take for granted but in reality is a key component of living, love your body and take care of it! We only have one and what you do to it now will impact your health in the long run; we are not invincible, even though we often feel any health risks do not apply to us.

 So I don’t mean to sound like a nagging parent but they’re right, don’t binge drink, don’t smoke, be active and enjoy your gorgeous self because your youthful body will only last so long.

  Second, with this rise in everything digital remember, what you post online is PERMANENT. Even though it doesn’t feel like that right away, it is. So clicking the delete button does not make your information untraceable so be cautious and play nice with your words.

 That being said, when someone is trying to bring you belittle you, it’s not really about you. It’s about them. So, don’t waste your time overthinking negative comments or experiences. Let them go, move on, you’ll be happy you did.

 Finally, travel anywhere and any chance you get and always live in the moment. Travelling expands our perceptions of the world in more ways than we can imagine. All in all, don’t focus on the negatives but take in every moment, as life can be very rewarding in its own ways when you least expect it.

About the author


Brooklyn-based Margaret Skowronska is a St. Francis College Communications and Business graduate with an intense curiosity that fuels her drive. She strongly follows the inspirational words of Norman V. Peale, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

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