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The Struggles of Twentysomethings (and why they're not that bad)

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emma koenig: knowyourmeme.com

Maybe it's just me, but twentysomethings seem pretty popular in the media right now. I've seen countless blogs and posts about people in this age group. 

I think it has a lot to do with the way society is progressing, technologically and socially. Those of us in our twenties right now are kind of in this weird middle ground where we're not old enough to remember the days before there was the Internet, but we're also not so young that we don't recall not having cell phones or being disconnected from the world. 


As a 22 year old, I've realized that there are some really crappy (and also really awesome) things about being in your twenties.




Finding a balance between being young and growing up.

I've found that for a year or two, I've been in this weird place between being an adult and still feeling like a kid. When you're in college, you can get away with doing typical crazy college things while still taking care of yourself and becoming a more productive member of society. 

Half of the world expects us to be grown and 100% on our own right now, while it seems the other half expects us to be irresponsible heathens. Those are two polar opposite ends of the spectrum - how are we supposed to find a balance? Do we get a corporate job and sit at a desk all day or actually enjoy being young?

Finding a job after spending thousands on a college degree ....

Within society right now, it's becoming much more attainable to actually obtain a college degree. However, the job market isn't exactly booming. So the majority of us in our twenties are either working towards a degree or have already received it, but what are we supposed to do with that degree if we can't find anything?

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For me, finding a job in my field in the surrounding areas is pretty scarce. I wholeheartedly believe my degree was worth it, but when will I get a chance to put it to use?


... and then dealing with the "What are you going to do with your life?" questions.

If you've recently graduated or are graduating soon, you're probably getting this question left and right.

And it's probably making you want to punch everyone in the throat. I totally get that.

This also has to do with expectations. A lot of us are expected to either get a job right away or go straight off to graduate school. Well, grad school may not be in the cards for everyone (raises hand). But like I mentioned before, the job market isn't booming. So being asking what we're doing with our lives can be quite a disheartening question to be asked. Unfortunately, it's unavoidable. If you learn how to avoid it, please let me know.


The advances of social media (hint: it's a good thing).

One of the great things about being in your twenties right now is that the rise of social media can actually be really beneficial for us. Not only does it keep us in contact with people we can't see regularly, but it can even help us get those jobs that are so hard to come by. 

Because the older generations don't have as great of an understanding of social media, businesses and companies need our help to gain a following on their new sites. 

That means you can actually get paid to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Now, that's pretty sweet if you ask me!

Making our dreams come true isn't as hard as it used to be.

Years and years ago, getting into the job market you wanted to be in was a lot harder than it is now. With the progress of the Internet and how connected the world has really become, networking has become a great tool in getting your name out there and making your dreams come true. 

Sure, we still have to work hard for what we want. That's a given. But now we have the means to make things happen in our lives. We can connect with anyone with the click of a button. That's pretty powerful.




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Marriage? Kids? Dating is hard enough.

Oddly enough, it seems like most of the people around my age are either having kids or getting married (or both). Maybe it's just me, but I still think that's insane. I can't imagine being married right now because the thing is, dating is nearly impossible!

All "dating" is now is people meeting on Tinder and OkCupid. And "meeting" usually just means a one-night stand, not actually meeting up to go on a date. I don't even know if people really go on dates anymore. Is it still a thing?

It doesn't really mean anything to me what others do, but I know that with how dating is going right now for the majority of us, I don't know if we'll ever find someone to settle down with (if that's what you're into).



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Sure, it's hard being a twentysomething right now. But you know, it's really not as bad as you think. 

We're young, free, and with all the advances in the world the possibilities for us are endless. I think it's a lot easier for us to be ourselves than it was for our previous generations when they were our age. So take advantage of it. It's actually pretty awesome!


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