These are the biggest mistakes people make in their 20s

‘Take care of your health, your body and your soul’


Some say that your 20s are for learning and your 30s are for earning.

There’s always a new skill you can pick up or another continent to explore.

Many of us, at any stage in life, will look back at everything we have done and ponder to ourselves: “If only I had known then what I know now…”

We scoured forums on Quora to find out what people’s common regrets were from their 20s.

The answer? “Life is not one-size-fits-all” says user Carolyn Cho.

“This is a great time to experiment, fail, and bounce back. Learn how to ride out failure and persevere. Life is full of challenges. Your 20s are a great time to toughen up and start teaching yourself how to be emotionally and mentally resilient enough to weather both the joys and hardships to come.”

Many Quora users remind us that people in their 20s don’t have too much responsibility, so now is the time to discover all available paths.

As Albert Einstein once said: “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

“Forget about the limitations. Instead of asking is this even possible? Try it out for yourself and see if it is possible or not,” Kiran Vemuri posted.


“Take care of your health,your body and your soul.These are the only things that will stay with you for the rest of your life.Believe me…your success or failure depends heaviliy on these things.” — Yogesh More

“Start taking care of your body and making healthy choices now. The changes that happen to your body and your ability to bounce back are going to sneak up on you!” — Katherine Messier

“You’ll feel everything you do to your body much later – this includes alcohol, unhealthy foods, etc.” – Athena Catedral


“Travel again takes you to a whole new world. But, this time, you’re experiencing it in person. You meet new people. You eat new food. You see a lot of new things. You interact with a completely new environment.” — Kiran Vemuri

“So far I’ve learned that it’s important to have those crazy adventures as early as possible!” — Leeann Bell

“The number one thing people want to do more and more as they get older is travel the world. Don’t wait until you’re 50 and living in an RV off your 401k and social security. These fixed-income retirees can’t afford to have any real fun. At 22, people will welcome you anywhere you go, so go travel and see the world.” — Mircea Dimian


“Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biographies, Science, History. Just lay your hands on anything and read it.” — Aqueel Ur Rahman

“Dr. Seuss — ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.'” — Alish Manchanda

“Read. Just read. I can’t stress how important it is, yet how underrated it is. You don’t need to be a literary connoisseur. Just aim to develop a wide cross section of interest areas you have some knowledge and inkling of. With the internet, the world is at your disposal.” — Raunaq Singh Minhas


“Most often in life it’s who you chose to associate with and your friends that will provide the most growth both personally and professionally.” — Paul King

“You can’t ‘go through things’ or experience life with followers and Facebook friends.” — Vishal Kanv

“Try to have as many crazy friends as possible, they will make your life worth living.” — Nagarajan Rajasekaran


“Don’t be a slave to funding a lifestyle that will not last. Learn to live modestly and save up, and then you will have earned the right to purchase yourself some treats, in moderation.” — Carolyn Cho

“Don’t worry about money too much though, force yourself to earn more only for important stuff (tuition, travel), rather than the newest iPhone, or booze.” — Miroslav Masat

“If you have money to spare, try not to self-indulge too much. Invest your money, save up for the future. You never know when you or your loved ones may need it (whether in sickness or celebration or unexpected surprises). Sometimes making small investments can lead to growth if you give it a few years in a stable transaction. Even insurance is cheaper when you start investing in your 20s” — Athena Catedral.