I’m twenty-two and I’m tired of other writers telling me how I “my twenties” should be.
I know I might be an exception to “the rule” when it comes to being a twenty-something (I visit my “family” maybe once a year, my mom is not my best friend, I have three jobs while going to school full-time, and Red Flag I have been in a relationship for about three years), but I know not that different than some of my peers.
I’m going after what I want because I know what I want and because I’m not a twenty-something with my head up my a**.
This is my list of How I’m Living My Life in My Twenties (Take it or Leave it):
1.) I’m in a relationship.
I emotionally invest in my S.O. and he does the same. I do this without hesitation because WHO HOLDS BACK THEIR FEELINGS FOR SOMEONE?
Emotionally Unstable People.
My advice is if you find someone who treats you right, makes you happy, and you can see a future with them: don’t just throw them to the curb just because you’re a twenty-something.
2.) When I was single, I didn’t sleep around.
And as great as emotionless sex is, I’d rather not sleep around for funzies and wonder why my self-esteem is in the garbage or why I have an unexplained rash.
Analyze that, EliteDaily.com.
However if you enjoy sleeping with whoever you want, go for it. I’m not here to judge, just don’t judge me for not doing the same.
2.) I drink on a budget.
So I buy cheap wine and go out for “Two Dollar Tuesday.” You know why? Because this twenty-something buys her drinks and I’m poor.
I feel like we can all agree that, “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.”
3.) I don’t go on vacation.
4.) I don’t go to dance class.
You know why, Thought Catalog? Oh yeah, I’m broke and work too much in order to get out of being broke.
When I get on a dance floor, I rely solely on what I feel in my heart, my instincts, and Beyonce videos.
5.) I can’t get and then quit a job for “The Lolz.”
Struggling economy. Competitive application processes. Fighting over the minimum wage. Need I say more?
Oh yeah, I’m poor.
6.) I don’t write about how great being in my 20’s is WHILE I AM STILL IN MY 20’s!
Hindsight is great because it lets you know why things happened. It allows you to point to what was the right choice and what was the wrong choice in certain situations.
The problem with declaring how awesome being in your twenties is while you’re still in your twenties: You’re only comparing it to being in your teens and childhood.
Although the Magic School Bus and Mr. Rogers were really cool, making them compete with Long Island Iced Teas and being seated at the bar at Buffalo Wild Wings on Half-Price Wings Night isn’t really fair.