When I was in high school, I remember looking at myself in the tall, brass-framed mirrors in my bedroom, staring for minutes on end, wondering, do I look like an adult yet?
Now, years later, I’m in my twenties and there are still times where I ask myself that question, despite having a near-empty bank account, stress and anxiety from student loans, and bags under my eyes from not enough sleep, but plenty of partying. All of this to prove that, yes, I am an adult.
So, where’s the celebration? And, is anyone else experiencing this twenty-something “crisis?”
Dubbing the transition into adulthood a “crisis” may seem like an overstatement, but truthfully, it does describe how myself, and I’m sure many others, are feeling. Very shortly, we’ll be putting on our big-girl pants and stepping out into the “real world.” Afternoons at the mall with our friends will be replaced by writing cover letters and redrafting our resume. Late-night partying will be replaced by getting up at 6 a.m. for an entry-level job. It really makes you miss being a teenager, doesn’t it?
Even by taking a gander down memory lane to my years in high school, I’ve realized how I missed out on the present moment by constantly thirsting to reach some of life’s major milestones. At 13, I couldn’t wait to get my license. At 16, I longed for the chance to get a tattoo or piercing without my parents’ strict approval. And of course, reaching the legal drinking age was, like, a life-long goal. Duh.
Your twenties, though, are a whole different playground. You may move across the country for a job or fall in love unexpectedly, causing you to put your career goals on hold to start a family.
Anything can happen. And you know what? That’s what’s so incredibly exciting—the unknown of where life will take you is what you’re twenties are all about.
So instead of letting fear get to you, take the plunge into adulthood. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m still learning and growing, but with a tweaked attitude, I’m beginning to feel ready to stay present and, of course, embrace all that my crazy, fabulous twenty years have to offer.
Now, who’s with me?