I’m 23 and although sometimes I feel like a wise old owl, every so often I realise just how much I have left to learn about life and that being twenty-something isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
I’m pretty sure that being in your twenties is supposed to be the time when you’re most carefree and enjoying life; but really it’s a time of a lot of pressure to find your destined career and questions about life whirling around your head at lightening speed. When you tell people you’re 23 they say “Oh my god you’re so young, you’ve got your whole life ahead of you!” To which I find myself thinking “yes I know but I don’t think you understand that having your life ahead of you is equally as daunting as it is exciting, but mostly daunting. Oh and terrifying too”. And that’s because we twenty-something year old women typically have this swarm of questions buzzing around our brains on an almost daily basis, which make it harder to embrace the fun of being young:
- Will I ever have a career and what career do I even want?
- Why can’t I look like Kim Kardashian or Beyonce? Or a mixture of the two!
- I’m so fat! Which diet shall I go on next? I need to get lean (according to every other person on instagram).
- Am I too old to be living with my parents? When will I ever have enough money to buy a house of my own?
- I like keeping busy but why does life seem to be about working. Without work I have no money but working 40 hours a week = very little social life. Help!
- Will I ever get married and have kids like ‘normal’ people do? I’m not even sure if I want that or not, I’m too young to be thinking about the future right?
- For god’s sake why does my hair never go the way I want it to? And no amount of serums or oils make any difference! Ugh!
Don’t get me wrong I could go on and on, but these are the main worries that whirl around our heads and make us feel like life is so unnecessarily difficult when really these are just teeny tiny first-world problems.
As my destined-to-be future husband Zac Efron once said in the movie 17 Again “When you’re young everything feels like the end of the world…but it’s not.” I think if we kept this in mind we really could make our twenties the best years of our lives. Let’s give it a go!