When I turned 20 years old, I was just a sophomore in college. My birthday is at the end of the school year but when it hit me that I was twenty, I slightly panicked. The reason I panicked was because I grew up observing pop media; socialites, musicians, actors, etc… The thing that I noticed was that these celebrities were in their “prime” and thriving. By the time the high profiled stars reached 30, their careers, for some, started to dwindle and premiered on shows like “The Surreal Life” with other not-so-famous celebrities. A disclaimer is that this was before the media was saying “40 is the new 20” and “50 is the new 30.” So, the day of my 20th birthday I said to myself, ” You have 10 years to things happen.” At this point in my life I knew that 30 was no longer considered old but I have goals. A year later I turned 21 and now I’m 22! My new perspective of being young and fresh is that there is no need to put a limit on success or future aspirations, but to just live in the moment and stay productive.
Being 22 years old and fresh out of college is different because not everyone finishes college or even attends college. Also, I’ve been in school my entire life. This new chapter is some new and it will take some time getting used to but I would say that living on a college campus for 4 years helped ease into adulthood a tiny bit. Although I still have time to figure things out and prepare additional life skills that college or the media hasn’t taught me, I am ready to experience more adult things. By any means I am not rushing to be an experienced adult (taxes, children, homeowner) just yet, I want to enjoy my time now so when I am 35, it doesn’t look like I’m trying to chase my youth. Cheers to my 20’s and everyone who is joining the club!