Monday, July 15, 2013

Being In Your 20s

Being in your 20s is both weird and fascinating.  You are in the midst of making some of the most important decisions of your life and really laying the groundwork for the years to come.  You walk a fine line between having fun and making mistakes and growing up and preparing for your future.  I know I'm not alone in feeling this way.  Bri recently posted about it, and a few months ago Mackenzie did, too.  

I thought I had it all figured out when I graduated college at 22.  I quickly went from hating my 9-5 job to starting a blog to going back to school full-time. It doesn't help that social commentators call us the "boomerang generation," meaning many of us go from graduating college straight back to living with our parents.  We are choosing to begin our careers later, get married later, and have kids later.   It's like our 20s are a prolonged adolescence- or that's what seems to be reiterated to us by the media.  

I think the truth for many of us 20-somethings is we are just trying to get it all right- find the right person to marry, pursue a career we are truly passionate about, and make our days matter.  We've seen marriages fail at a rate of 50%, and we've seen older generations full of regret for spending decades doing work they hated.  And we don't want to make the same mistakes.

That's why I loved listening to clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay's TED Talk entitled, "Why 30 is not the new 20."  She discusses the importance of your 20s and why we aren't just a "lost" generation.  The B Bar posted it on Facebook and I loved it so much I had to share it:

I hope you find it as inspiring as me!  

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