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20 life lessons I learned in my 20s

Last updated on: August 15, 2014 15:20 IST

20 life lessons I learned in my 20s

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The 20s are key growth years. Not physical but mental, emotional and spiritual. Shivika Sinha reflects on what she learned in her twenties. 

One propels through life, and the little breaks for fresh air often become moments of great evolution.

Each moment of reflection and introspection is a gift to yourself and those around you.

As I watch a fiery sunset over Manhattan, I break for a little fresh air.

Images of my 20s flash and the promise a curious teenager in the Himalayas made to herself, yells resoundingly.

That promise was to never stop mindfully evolving.

The dots connect.

That promise was the underlying thread that shaped my 20s through the five different cities I've called home.

It fueled the passion to spend four years honing my creative spirit and the courage to leap headfirst into a career as a professional dancer.

It gave me the sense to study marketing and become a consultant before delving into high fashion.

Most importantly, it staved off complacency.

From trekking the Rockies to marveling at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, I sought adventure.

From listening to the blues in Tennessee and discovering underground raves in New York City to photographing dawn in Varanasi, it gave me thirst.

From rehabilitating after a spinal injury and many, many broken bones to rigorous introspective journeys, it gave me grit.

With a year left in my 20s, that rebellious teenager continues to keep her promise.

This breath of fresh air, this moment of clarity while gazing over the Manhattan skyline has elucidated 20 lessons which have fostered mindful evolution. 

Shivika Sinha is a former professional dancer and choreographer based in New York. She was raised in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, India and Bangladesh.

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