20 Awful Things About Being In Your 20s No One Told You About
Every child looks forward to their 20’s with an eager appetite. Free from responsibility, parental guidance and schoolwork, the years that are your 20’s seem to be nothing but fun and games. That it, of course, until you’re actually living in them. Being a 20 something is not quite as enjoyable as it seems from the outside and if you find yourself worrying that you’re not enjoying yourself as much as you should be, you’re not alone. Let’s all revel in the pain together; your 20’s suck and there’s no point in denying it any more.
Taxes Literally Won’t Make Sense
Going from being a teenager to being an adult is something that happens literally overnight and with it, comes a whole load of new responsibilities. Now that you’re officially grown up, you’re expected to just know how to do your taxes but instead, you find yourself calling up your dad, crying down the phone and wishing you were still 7.
Your Starting Salary Will Be Less Than Your First Job
Entering the working world is something that most kids dream about, but the reality of working full time can be a little different than you expected. The fact that you make less in your graduate job than you did on tips before is more than a little depressing.
You Will Catch Your Roommate In The Act
Being a 20 something means that you are morally obligated to live with at least 5 other people, in the smallest space imaginable. You have walked in on your roommates in every situation imaginable and by now, you’re not shocked by anything.
You Won’t Get You Dream Apartment
Your first apartment will be in the bad part of town, have a bug infestation and rarely get hot water. You will curse the day that you left your parents’ house; hey, it’s all part of the experience, isn’t it?
You Will Already Be In A Ton Of Debt
After having invested in a top quality education, you enter the working world already in a huge amount of debt. Your wage won’t even begin to cover what you owe back and instead of worrying about it, you slip into easy, breezy denial.
You Will Feel Constantly Alone
Going out in your 20’s is not nearly as much fun as it is made out to be and whilst everyone around you seems to be having fun, you will be left wondering what you did wrong. It’s practically unheard of to admit that your 20’s aren’t all that, so you just have to shut up, endure the social activities and feel completely alone.
It Won’t Be Okay To Day-Drink Anymore
Drinking before dinnertime is one of the best parts of living alone but as soon as you turn 20, it suddenly becomes a massive deal. Now that you’re a proper adult, you have to be seen to be functioning as one and having wine before 6pm is no longer part of the picture.
Online Dating Will Be All You Have
Unless you met your life partner in college, you’re probably going to have to turn your attention to online dating. With everyone stuck on their phones and computers, the internet is all that you have, so you’re just going to have to go along with it.
Partying Will No Longer Be Fun
When you’ve been on the party scene for a few years, you start to get a little bored with the whole thing. Where before, your hangovers would pass within a few hours, now, they go on for days. It’s not really worth it anymore.
You Will Be Pressured To Have Kids Before Turning 30
All of a sudden, everyone around you seems to be settling down and procreating, leading your parents to begin asking the inevitable questions. When you still feel like a child and don’t even know how to work your washing machine, though, you couldn’t imagine trying to rear a human being.
You Probably Won’t Get A Promotion
You work long hours and get paid practically nothing, so when the chance for a promotion rears its head, you really get your hopes up. Of course, someone older and more senior gets bumped up, whilst you’re left to carry on as normal.
You Will Still Be Dependent On Your Parents
You have all of the outward appearances of an adult, but you can barely afford to make your rent each month. You are tied to your parents in practically every way and the fact that society thinks you are grown up is merely an illusion.
Living With Friends Will Be Weird And Complicated
When you were younger, you dreamed of the day when you could live with your friends but now that they actually live with you, it’s all a bit weird. You know all about their strange habits and while nothing shocks you anymore, you’re sure your relationship will never be the same again.
You Will Have To Move Your Furniture Yourself
On the amount that you make, there’s no way that you can afford the prices of furniture movers. When the time comes to move apartment, you rally all of your friends around you, promising pizza and beer; which never seems to manifest.
You Will Have To Pick Up Your Boss’ Slack
Your boss is always away on holiday, or wrapped up in some sort of family emergency and it is up to you to keep the ship running. You have all the stress of a managerial role without any of the benefits. Great.
All Of Your Friends Will Move Away
While you love your city, your friends seem to think very differently and as each year passes, you watch another one of your friends leave for good. Having friends across the globe is great and all that, but when you’re the last one left, it can feel pretty lonely.
You Will Watch Everyone Else Get Engaged
Being a 20 something is like a race to the altar and even though you aren’t ready to even think about marriage, your friends have other thoughts. Everyone around you seems to be pairing off and all of a sudden, all of your weekends are filled with weddings.
Your BFF Will Hook Up With Your Ex
Relationships don’t come much more complicated than in your 20’s and by the time you’ve hit 25, all of your friends have made the rounds. Your BFF will definitely hook up with your ex, but as a 20 something, you’re supposed to be too mature to even care.
Your Crush Will Already Be In A Relationship
Everyone has commitment on their minds in their 20’s and the chances that someone you like is single is probably very slim by this point. If you’re single, you might want to focus your attention elsewhere and look for new love.
Your Friends Will Never Leave You
Life is hard as a 20 something and the only thing that you can do is surround yourself with people that love you. Your friends are weird, irritating, far away and engaged but without them, you don’t know what you would do.