Adult life is about making decisions and then living with the consequences of your choices. But it is not so scary as it sounds. Even when you make the wrong choice, you learn a lot from it and become wiser and more experienced. Here are 4 decisions you shouldn’t regret making even if they seem wrong to you.
Moving to another city. Going away to college is one thing, moving to another city to start an adult life is another. No matter whether you move for a job or for a relationship, it is scary. You don’t know the city, you barely have any friends, you’re feeling lonely and out of your depth. You start thinking, “What if I’ve made the wrong decision?” But moving to another city is never the wrong choice even when things don’t work out in the end. It helps get to know yourself better and become more independent. You learn to survive without your support system and build new connections. And even if you end up returning to your hometown, the experience of living in another city is priceless.
Accepting a low-paying job for a reason. Making less money than your peers doesn’t mean that you’re a loser. There are quite a lot of reasons to take a job that doesn’t pay as much as you’d like. They include (but are not limited to) a job title that will look good on your resume, lower tax bracket, better benefits, valuable work experience (for example, interning at a famous company) or working for a cause, not a paycheck. Money isn’t everything, and sometimes it is taking a low-paying job that helps us embrace it and learn how to be happy with less money.
Spending money on traveling. While your peers were saving money to buy a house or pay off their student loans, you were spending your salary and/or savings on travel. You probably could have saved lots of money if you stayed at home, but what’s the point? Traveling is an invaluable source of experience that helps you grow as a person. Don’t ever feel bad for spending too much money on visiting other countries and learning other cultures because it makes you a better person.
Choosing the wrong major in college and/or picking the wrong job. It is okay to not know what you want to do for a living when you’re in your early 20s. There are so many career paths to choose from, and it’s easy to make a mistake. But just because you make a mistake, doesn’t mean you have to live with its consequences for the rest of your life. You can change your major, add a second major, or pick a minor. And even if it’s too late to do anything about your major, don’t worry. When it comes to applying for a job, a lot of employees don’t really care what your major was. It’s never too late to learn something new and choose a new career path.
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