Yes, I’ve turned 25, reaching the not-so-long-awaited mid-20s. So what have I learned from living for a quarter of century? Nothing too colossal that is able to change the world, but these lessons are most certainly significant for my life right now.

Being scared is normal
Being in your 20s is the start of a lot of new things, especially learning how to be independent and responsible. For me, that’s when I graduated college, got my first job, adjusting and being responsible for that job, managing money to pay things for myself, reassigned to a new position, readjusting to that new position’s responsibility, resigning from that position, applying for another job, readjusting to that other job, and so on. And to be honest, most of the time all I felt was scared and unprepared – because it’s all new to me. I didn’t feel like I could do it.

But the lesson I’ve learned is that it’s okay to feel scared and unprepared, not because you couldn’t do it, but because you’re not used to it – yet. What we need to do is accept the fact that we’re scared, and face it by learning more and finding out what we need to do. Trust me, you’ll get the hang of whatever you are doing eventually.

Spend your time wisely
All those times spent watching TV series while binge eating are definitely one of the things I regret doing too much of. I used to skip sleep for 2-3 days to watch one whole season of a TV series. But the result was only puffy eyes and bigger belly. I wish I’d spent my time more on creating something or adding something to my skill set, like reading, writing, painting, or playing music.

The lesson I’ve learned is that we should spend our time wisely. Don’t spend too much time at work, but don’t procrastinate too long either. Go out and meet your friends, practice your skills, do the things that make you happy – that still can give you something good to gain.

Jump into deeper pools
Growing up, I was always the play-it-safe, as-long-as-I’m-comfortable kind of girl. I was always looking for the easy way of doing and getting things, and that’s exactly what life had given me. But have you ever noticed? Easiness never gives you the spectacular outcome you need.

The lesson I’ve learned is that we need to keep jumping into deeper pools. The challenges are probably going to get harder and harder, and you’ll probably often feel scared, but don’t you want to taste your greatest potential? So jump into deeper pools, and you’ll eventually be able to swim freely in the ocean.

For you almost-a-quarter-century-old people out there, hope these lessons help!