February 9, 2012, 6:00 am

Life Changing Moments Worth Chasing After

by: MD    Category: Miscellaneous
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At the beginning of this week, Mike wrote about life changing moments that he has experienced. It was a fun look at some of his accomplishments and defining moments. The changing moments ranged from finishing graduate school to getting married all the way to having kids. Since I’m still in my early-20s (24 is early 20s right?), I wanted to add my perspective here.

I didn’t just want to share my own life changing moments. I wanted to try something different. I’m going to look at life changing moments worth chasing after in your 20s:

Finishing your education.

Many bloggers like to claim that an education is overrated. I have to disagree with this for the simple fact that college is the best option for the majority of us (unless you’re running a million dollar business at 18) right after high school. What else do you plan on doing at 18 years old?

Finishing your education is a life changing moment because it provides you with a great sense of accomplishment. You were able to complete four years of study. You were able to stick it through. You were also able to survive all of the late night cram sessions and binge drinking weekends to actually make it out alright.

I highly recommend finishing your education in your 20s. You won’t regret it.

Starting your own side business.

There’s nothing like starting your own business and making that first dollar on your own. You can go the traditional route of starting some sort of a service business or you can jump on board and start making money online. Either way it totally makes sense to try starting some sort of a side business while you have all of this energy and youthfulness on your side.

The best part is that you can start a business right now with no money. If you think that you need money to start a business, I have to let you know that you’re thinking is incorrect. With a few dollars, some time, and lots of ambition, you can easily start some sort of a side business in your 20s.

The toughest part with any business is just getting started. Once you start and get momentum on your side, anything can happen. There’s just so many opportunities out there in 2012 and moving forward.

Traveling on your own.

I traveled over a dozen times in my life. In 2011 I finally ventured off to Europe on my own. This was easily one of the most life changing experiences of my life. It’s easy to go down to a party place with your buddies for a week and go wild. It’s another thing to go somewhere on your own and have to fend for yourself.

I showed up in Poland with no real plans. I had to find a place to stay, grab some food, and of course meet new friends somehow. Traveling alone was very humbling. I would totally advise any 20-something reading this to try traveling on your own at some point. It’s the best way to grow as a person and decide what you want to do next.

Getting married.

I’ve been told that getting married can be a pretty great thing. I don’t know much about the topic, but I’ll let you guys add your thoughts on this one.

Life changing experiences define who you are. It would be a shame to miss out on all of those great moments that are waiting for us.

Those are life changing moments that I recommend chasing after. You can have totally opposing thoughts on this topic. What did I miss? What are some of your most memorable life changing experiences?

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Comments

by: The Financial Blogger | February 9th, 2012 (7:42 am)

I think that traveling is probably one of the most important life changing moments to do in your 20’s. Since I’m married with kids, it became a little bit more difficult (and definitely more expensive!) to travel with my family!

Seeing the world with a backpack is priceless!

Totally agree with travelling. It doesn’t help the wallet, but it certainly helps the mind.

Nice stuff my friend.

Mark

Travelling is a very important part of my life. I currently live in Istanbul, Turkey…if you had asked me if I’d be living here 5 years ago I would have laughed at you 🙂

Traveling is a lot of fun, but I like traveling with my wife a lot more than traveling alone.
Having a kid is the most life changing moment for me so far. 🙂

I am a blogger myself too. I think one of the most important moment would be financial awakening. Once you realize you cannot count on the pension to take care of you during retirement. You will need to prepare for that retirement day to come unless you want to depend on the food bank.

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