1. We still HAVE NO FREAKING CLUE. No matter if you’re fifteen or twenty-five, you’re probably still wandering around and wondering what you’re supposed to be doing with your life. I have a job… is it what I’m supposed to do with my life? Am I doing it right? Am I supposed to live with my parents? How do you make dinner???
2. We still think that $10 is a lot of money. Remember being a teen and getting a random few bucks from your parents? Total freakout moment, right? In your twenties it’s the same thing. If you find a few crumpled bills in your coat pocket, you’re celebrating. First round’s on you!
3. We don’t know who to trust. Never did, still don’t. Was that guy being nice and sincere or are there ulterior motives there? Should I tell my co-worker about this job interview? Is that person judging me right now? OMG WHAT DO I DO?
4. We’re still changing friends. We gain some, and we lose some. Sometimes we just can’t be there for people the way they need us anymore. We’re quickly learning who is growing up with us and who is growing apart from us.
5. We’re learning and re-learning our bodies. This doesn’t stop. Wait, eating too much sugar will do what to my skin? How much coffee is too much coffee? I used to be able to function with only a few hours of sleep, why do I feel like crap now?
6. We’re all a little lost. It may seem like some people have it together…but they probably cry in the bathroom at work every day. You may hate your job, but it’s that crappy job that will help you appreciate future jobs. You may go to college for four years, but end up without a clue. Our teens and twenties are about rediscovering who we are and who we want to be.
The only real difference between being in your twenties and being in your teens is that when you’re a teenager and you ask for help, everyone is willing to help you, or lend an ear; they all understand that it’s a “tough age” and you’re going through a big “life transition.” Now when you ask for help you’re told to figure it out, “man up,” or “move on.” Which of course leads back to we’re all a little lost.
But maybe, just maybe, we can try to remember to be a little more compassionate to one another. After all, we’re all just little kids in big kid bodies.