20 harsh life lessons everyone should learn in their 20s

A comprehensive list.

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Your 20s are a curious time. On the one hand, you're no longer a kid - you've got stuff like bills, rent and booze to pay for.

But on the other hand, you're a tiny defenceless kitten in the world of real adulthood, and you've still got a whole lot to learn.

Thankfully, a bunch of people on Reddit have imparted their wisdom to us younglings.

So what is it we need to learn before 30 rolls around?

  1. 1 Only a few of your friends are true friends
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    Sure, you may have a great gang of people to hang out with. But when things go down the shitter, you'll notice that a select few people are there standing by you.

    These guys are your real friends. Hold 'em close.

  2. 2 Lifestyle inflation is a bitch
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    In other words, don't spend more money the moment you earn more. It's easy to do, but much harder going the other way.

  3. 3 Appreciate every day you have with your family
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    They won't be around forever.

  4. 4 Take up exercise now
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    And perhaps a sport, because it's way harder to get into when you're older.

  5. 5 You are not invincible
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    When you're young it's easy to feel that nothing will stop you.

    But it will. Don't drive like an idiot, and quit risking your physical safety.

  6. 6 Do stuff that makes you happy
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    Rather than stuff that makes you look cool.

  7. 7 Go to the dentist
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    Teeth don't heal, and once you've fucked them up, you've fucked them up.

  8. 8 Don't lend anyone money
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    Or only lend what you're prepared to lose.

  9. 9 Pride does nothing
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    If you don't say good morning to your boss because you think they're a dick, you're not doing yourself any favours.

  10. 10 It's okay to ask for help
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    Don't try to man or woman up to get through it. It's a waste of your time to suffer needlessly.

  11. 11 Friends come and go
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    And how you define what makes a friend will change.

  12. 12 Debts and weight...
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    ...They're easy to gain, and hard to lose.

  13. 13 Save some money
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    Even if you just put £5 into a bank account a month, £60 could get you out of a sticky situation in a year.

  14. 14 Not all family are blood relations
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    Family is what you define it to be.

  15. 15 Don't prioritise someone if you're their backup plan
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    If only one person is making all the effort in a friendship, it's probably not as good a friendship as you thought it was.

  16. 16 Owning things won't make you happy
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    That £40 cardboard cutout of Jeremy Kyle may make you chuckle, but do you want it? Really?

  17. 17 Don't whine too much to the people around you
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    When you whine, you're forcing the people around you to become responsible for giving your life meaning, which isn't helpful for any of you.

    Note: this is different from asking for help, or having the occasional vent.

  18. 18 Stuff gets easier the more you do it
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    Even if it doesn't feel like it at first.

  19. 19 30 will come by fast
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    The day you thought "one day I'll do such and such" will become 10 years ago quickly.

  20. 20 But life doesn't end at 30
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    Just in case you didn't realise.

    Feature image: Ronna's blog