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Things I learned in my Twenties

Getting to Know Yourself

Hobbies are more important than you think.

Your major will get you a job, your hobby will make you successful.

I wish someone told me this while I was growing up, but investing in your hobbies and in things you enjoy doing, is the best thing you can ever do to yourself.

Whatever you enjoy doing, you will end up doing for the rest of your life. Whether you decide to make a business out of it or whether you use it as an escape from routine or as entertainment or even after you retire. You need to always have something else to do besides your usual 9-5.

If you really invest in it, you might want to make a business out of it. If you like knitting, maybe you’ll teach classes, maybe you’ll sell yarn, maybe you’ll make clothes for certain stores. There are so many possibilities. If you enjoy taking pictures, maybe you’ll have your own studio. Writing? Freelance or write a book! So many possibilities.

I spent a lot of time listening to people’s stories. Some include 60 year olds that realize that they suddenly have nothing to do after they retired. They became angry at the world because they realized they spent their entire life working and focusing on paying the bills that when they left work and retired, they felt as though they had no purpose. Because their purpose, making money, was taken away from them.

Think about it,

What happens when you graduate school then college then go off to work? The reality is that you’ll study for the first 20 years of your life and work for the next 40 years. Let that sink in.

Take a moment and stop reading. Think about this.

60 years of your life, following the same typical guidelines that are still set out for you. Most people live until they’re 80 الله يطول بأعمارنا كلنا. What will you do for the next 20 years of your life? No one knows what might happen until then, but in a scenario where things went fine, what will you do from the moment you wake up, until you go to sleep? No one wants to feel like they’ve lost their purpose. Prepare yourself for that moment by doing something now.

Take the time to get to know yourself.

What do you like? What makes you different? What don’t you mind spending hours doing? Who do you like talking to? How do people remember you? What’s distinctive about your personality trait?

It’s okay to take your time to know these things. It may take a book to make you realize who you are, then again, it might take months or years. Gradual growth. Keep doing what you enjoy doing, keep exploring, you’ll find it eventually.

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