Being young is often associated with being carefree and happy, and to a certain extent, this is the case. But your 20s can be the most challenging years of your life.

So, if you’re in your late teens or early 20s and think you’ve got it all figured out, I’ve got news for you...

You don’t have everything figured out

I used to feel so much pressure to have it all figured out, but the truth is: growing older doesn't necessary mean that you know it all. In fact, figuring it out is what makes life and adventure, so give yourself a break.

Life doesn’t get easier

Growing up you couldn't wait to make your own rules and live your own life. Now, although it is exciting to venture on your own, you realise it comes with its own set of challenges. But those challenges are necessary because we learn and grow from them. 

Saving money is almost a myth

We’re faced with so many financial straits: student loan debts, unemployment, credit and store card debt, entry-level salaries and a saturated job market. This makes financial growth difficult and hard for us to save money. Also, we still want nice things:

Relationships make you crazy 

We fall in love and suddenly realise that the other person doesn't feel the same.  You think you know what’s important to you but then it changes... The 20s are just full of crazy relationships. Not too long ago I wrote an article on why it is so difficult for millennials to date. It's a whole new romantic world out there.

Stop benchmarking your life to an Instagram feed

There’s a lot of work and effort that goes into taking the beautiful Instagram posts we see. In most cases the reality is very far from the final result because I mean, anything for a popping feed right? Your real life is probably way more interesting than the fake life of a fellow Instagrammer who is over-sharing their trips to the spa. 

You're not entitled to anything

Be grateful for what you have because in a single moment you can lose the things you take for granted.

And never think that just because you have achieved something - good grades, a tertiary education, or a foot in the door at your dream job that they guarantee you privileges in life. It doesn’t work that way. Your position is precarious and you have to keep on working hard.