Ahhhh… the glorious twenties. The golden era. The era that everyone’s nan seems to wish that they were back in.
I recently joined my twenties earlier this year and I am already discovering that, yup, it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. Just because the first digit of your age is a 2, doesn’t mean that your life all of a sudden becomes magical, and that’s perfectly okay.
But why, then, do we have this misconception that our twenties should be the time of our lives? I just don’t know.
I mean, let’s be honest, being in your twenties is confusing AF. For many of us, this is the decade when we leave university/college and enter the ‘real working world’, and that’s pretty scary.
I’m so over the CEO business-type girl boss persona that is forced upon every gal in their twenties to want to work in an office; it’s so much pressure!!
Add this pressure with the weird reality that some of your friends are surviving on beans on toast busting their asses in unpaid internships, whilst some of your other friends are getting married or having babies and you just get the most confusing life period possible.
For many, the twenties is a time of unrest. It’s a time when you may move out for the first time, or switch careers, or consider having children, or try to juggle a dating life with a supeeeeeeer busy career because you don’t want to enter your 30s single too, and it’s all just a bit mad.
It’s like as soon as you hit the big 20 everyone is like RIGHT HUN, YOU’RE A PROPER ADULT NOW. FIND A CAREER. GET A BOYF. POP A KID OUT. IT’S TIME. But like, for a lot of us, we remember turning 18 and it doesn’t feel *that* long since then and we are super confused how are we nearly in our last year of uni when we literally only just got here never mind considering what we wanna do after or babies or houses, yelp.
Especially as a someone currently entering their twenties, the pressure to travel to see the whole wide world whilst considering baby names and a full time career to progress in forever and ever just seems a bit much.
And, whilst trying to juggle the million other thoughts that society is pressuring on us, it’s also a bit scary to sit back and look at your life and wonder if this is ‘it’. If these are the only ‘good times’ that you’re going to look back on. If there’s really nothing else to look forward to.
I mean, how often do people RUE the day that they turned the big 30 because their twenties were so much better? All. Of. The. Time.
But guys, just because the twenties was the best era of your granny’s life, does not mean that it’s gonna be the best era of yours. Your best era may still be to come, but you may also be majorly ruining the one you’re in right now by worrying if this is all you’ve got to look forward to. So don’t worry too much about houses and babies and travelling and careers, worry about those things when you’re ready to. You’ve got a lot more life experience ahead of you, so don’t waste right now worrying about things that you’re not ready for.
Baby steps (metaphorically speaking). Take it as it comes, and who knows?! Your twenties may end up being the time of your life after all.