3 Things I Learnt by Mid-20s

“Sometimes you are ahead, sometimes you are behind.
The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.”
~Baz Luhrmann

Hey guys,

It’s been a while since my first blog post but it seems like yesterday because time is moving at a tremendous speed for me. There’s a lot of pressure to do something, to pursue a good career and to make a mark for yourself. This is nothing else but mid-20s crisis that I have been facing for quite some time now.


I’m guilty as charged of stalking friends on Facebook who used to post – ‘started working at so and so organization.’ I have spent a considerable amount of time envying them rather than focusing on my own qualities. And that’s one of the mistakes that many of us make in our mid-20s.

By the mid-20s, many people have already secured a good job, but some of them are still struggling with their lives, waiting for that one opportunity to start something new and exciting about which they can proudly say – ‘this is what I love to do.’ While others are clear about their career goals but unsure about which path to take to reach that goal, rest of them are completely clueless about the goal itself. In my opinion, no matter in which category you fall in, the only thing you need to remember is – you *cannot* afford to lose faith in yourself. Believe in yourself and your abilities.


There will be people looking down at you, giving you myriads of suggestions, taunting you for being good for nothing. Don’t let them decide what is good for you. Don’t let them control your emotions. Most importantly, don’t give them the power to decide how you feel about yourself. Shut them down completely till you figure out what is best for you. Don’t waste your energy is entertaining such negativity in your life.

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The second thing that I have learned is to stop comparing with your peers which may include your friends, relatives, etc. Everybody is moving at a different pace and your speed does not define your success or failure. Others concept of success may differ from yours. Some may think success is acquiring material wealth while others idea of success might mean reaching a targeted goal that one has set for oneself. Comparing yourself will only mean that you are moving at the same speed with others which many a time might not be the case. Most importantly, it’s *Okay* if your pace is slow, that indicates you are moving at least and not stuck at the same place you were 5 years ago.

Third and the most important thing I learned is that your competition is *NOT* with your peers but with yourself. If you have anyone to compare with, it should be you in the past and you in the future. You are your own competitor. Thus, strive to do better than your past and work towards over achieving the goals you have set for the future. In this process, it’s completely fine to be lost or being clueless about anything and everything because ‘this too shall pass.’

Till then, have faith, work hard and keep smiling.


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