The Age of Prioritizing
With limited time and (probably) very limited money, your twenties are about figuring out what is important to you and why it’s important. Here are 15 areas of inquiry to help discover more about who you are and where you’re going.
1. How do you enjoy spending your free time? Do prefer a night on the town with friends, or are you more of an indoor cat?
2. Do you see yourself at the same job in 5 years? If not, why are you still there?
3. Are you in a relationship? If so, why are you in that relationship? How does it improve your life?
4. Conversely, are you searching for a relationship? If so, are you searching because you want one, or because there is societal pressure to be in one?
5. How much time do you spend on your smart phone? Are you comfortable with this quantity of time?
6. How healthy are your habits? Do you spend more of your income at the grocery store or at the liquor store? Are you a regular drug user? Do you think these substances may be affecting your emotional well-being?
7. Do you have any creative outlets? What do you like to create? Is it positive for you and those around you?
8. Do you enjoy where you’re currently living? How long have you lived there? How long do you see yourself there?
9. If you don’t enjoy your current location, where else would you flourish? What would you find there that you can’t find here?
10. In what areas do you excel? Are they fields in which you could create a career? Why or why not?
11. How would you describe your friends/those with whom you spend most of your time? Do you find similar traits within yourself? Do you consider that a positive or negative thing?
12. Have you ever traveled outside of your region? If not, where would you like to go and why?
13. Do you prefer to spend your money on material items or experiences? Why do you have these spending habits?
14. How do you most-effectively learn? What do you enjoy learning about? How frequently are you learning new things?
15. What is the general climate of your attitude? Do you feel more psyched than down in the dumps? What do you suspect contributes to this outlook?
Self-exploration is an ever-ongoing process that requires the effort to pursue introspection. Spend time to find your honest answers to these questions and avoid judging the responses. No one has it figured out yet and it’s never too late to start trying.
Annie Sragner, contributing writer for ifIknew