Your 20s are those amazing years when you are just starting to get your act together, and still have plenty of time to make up for wayward decisions. Here, YouBeauty editors and our team of experts wax poetic about what we wish we knew back then. What would you tell your younger self if you had the life knowledge you do now? Share with us in the comments below!
Ni'Kita Wilson, 39
"The only limitations are the ones that you place on yourself. To hell with what others think about you or what you can accomplish."
Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy.D., 35
"Exercise isn't a four letter word. You'll not only look better, but you'll also be mentally, physically and spiritually stronger by making time to exercise on a regular basis."
Julie Giusti, 33
Jim Perko, 58
"Spend more time with Mom and Dad because it's your greatest gift of happiness to them!"
Art Markman, Ph.D., 48
"You don't have to win your relationships. Admit mistakes, accept compromise and do things you don't want to do. Never say, 'I'm sorry, but...' "
Andy Puddicombe, 41
"There is no greater tragedy in life than to be so caught up in our own thoughts, so overly concerned with our sense of self, that we miss the opportunity to connect with those around us. So learn how to live in the present, understand what it means to be in the here and now, and no matter what, find the time, every single day, to rest the mind and be at ease in the silence of meditation."
Amanda Schupak, 33
"Those jeans don't fit."
Laura Kenney, 38
"Yes, you're still breaking out. Get over it. No one notices except you (it's called The Spotlight Effect and, for me, it was the best scientific discovery ever)."
David Sbarra, 40
"Stay in touch with friends from childhood and college, and keep these relationships alive at all costs-not just through Facebook, but in actual in-person interactions. Your mid-20s are the real beginning of your adulthood, and the best thing you can do is keep your friends close. I lost some great friends as I put my head down to start my 'adult work life,' and this is by far my biggest regret now that I am 40."
Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., 38
"I wish I would have cooked more. As a 27 year old, busy every day and no time (or desire) to cook for myself, I probably ate way too many processed foods, skipped meals and neglected to eat enough fruits and vegetables."
Heather Quinlan, 46
"Take your time with big decisions-there is plenty of time left and you're doing fine. Keep your standards high (but not unattainable) for yourself and other people. Wear more sunscreen and less eyeliner, and buy a jar of coconut oil-you'll thank me in 20 years."
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- by YouBeauty Editors