Herewith, three “gifts” one 40-something woman would give a 20-something if she were a “Forty-Godmother”. What are yours?
To take risks. It’s the time to make really shitty decisions in life because it doesn’t affect anybody else. In your twenties there’s truly a sense of complete independence. You’re not relying on your parents. You’re completely responsible for your own outcome whether that be good or bad. Don’t beat yourself up about it if it is bad.
Don’t think you are invincible when it comes to relationships. In your twenties you think you can fix everything. It takes such a long time to learn that you can’t. You think that you have time so you stay in these relationships. It’s time to move on when you’re justifying your behavior and your partner’s behavior. When they don’t make you feel good. It’s really pretty simple.
To learn early on not to things so personally, especially at work. I worked in the finance world and my boss didn’t care one iota about my ups or downs. He cared about the bottom line. I took it very, very personally. It took me a long time to realize that was the nature of the beast at work. Even if you have great personal relationships…at the end of the day, a company is not a person.