As a young woman in her twenties, I have been aware of all of the crazy and weird shit that twenty-something-year-olds do in life. From the wild, booze-filled nights of our college years to the broke-ass, loan-indebted struggles after graduation to the anxiety-ridden fears of approaching the big 3-0, you can say that we twenty-something-year-olds go through a LOT of crap. Whoever said that our twenties are supposed to be the “best/happiest/most relaxing years of our lives” are either lying or not in their twenties. Or perhaps both. 😛
Without further do, here’s a list of #twentysomethingproblems that I think many of us young adults can relate to. Let’s get started!
- Two words: student loans. #twentysomethingproblems
- Spending money out when you have no money. #twentysomethingproblems
- Pretending to know what wine is best at the wine-tasting event, when in fact you have no idea what you’re drinking. For all you know, it could be beer. #twentysomethingproblems
- Finding that not everything’s “free” in life (shocker!). #twentysomethingproblems
- Should I get a tattoo? Quarter-life crisis. #twentysomethingproblems
- Turning down a friend’s offer to go out to dinner, because you’re saving money for dinner out next month. #twentysomethingproblems
- Two words: Constantly. Starving. #twentysomethingproblems
- Refusing to move back in with your parents, even though you can barely get by with paying rent. Not pride at all. #twentysomethingproblems
- Getting upset when the store’s Wifi isn’t for free. C’mon, people! Give me a break! #twentysomethingproblems
- Starting a blog to bitch about your unbearable co-workers at your unbearable job. #twentysomethingproblems
- Constantly thinking about throwing out your old life and starting fresh on an organic, sustainable farm. #twentysomethingproblems
Okay, yes, being a twenty-something-year-old individual can be hard: I see it as a transition period between childhood and adulthood, dependence to independence. We’re experiencing the so-called “real world” for the first time, after having been completely sheltered from any financial, social, or legal burdens for the last nineteen years. Some of us may have no freaking clue how to go about finding a *stable* job after college to pay off our exorbitant student loans, or purchasing a house, or even managing money. Indeed, money becomes a BIG issue. $$$
Friendships, too: the people who you spent every single day with throughout elementary school and into high school may not be the same people who you spend every other month with. Life becomes busy, friends move away to other cities, states, across the ocean, and overall, it becomes harder to stay in touch. Most of the time, you find yourself spending your Friday nights at home, eating takeout and watching Netflix, rather than hitting the city scene with your *busy* homies.
Yet, despite all of the shortcomings and in-and-outs of young adulthood, the ages between twenty and twenty-nine are the time to “find yourself” in life. Sounds cliché as hell, but there is some truth to it: this is the time to see what you really can and want to do– career-wise, relationship-wise, and hobby-wise– and just go for it. You are sure to fall at times (many times, in fact), but it’s about keeping on with your day-to-day existence. Many people choose to travel around the world to “discover themselves” while others pick up a passion that they would have never thought about doing when they were younger (paper flower arrangement, anyone?). The twenties are the time for trying out new things, refusing to settle for the routine, and finding the balance between fun and serious. We’re idealists.
Before I start getting anymore Buzzfeed on all of you (I’m afraid I already did…), I will end this post by saying that I’m glad to be a twenty-something-year-old, and hope to take many more opportunities while I am still at this point in my life. Until later, stay classy, my friends!
— The Finicky Cynic
P.S. I did a hashtag-inspired post on first-world problems the week before, which you can check out here.
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