Your twenties are a confusing time. You've (probably) finished whatever schooling you've been through for the past 18-20 years, you're looking to start your career, some of your friends are getting married and having babies on purpose, while others are moving to other countries.
You can drink legally, you can vote, you're considered an adult despite having never been taught how to properly manage your money. A gentle reminder, though, that no one really has any idea what they're doing, even if they claim they do. We're all in this together.
Your expectations really change for your life as you grow older and by your mid-twenties, you realize that those life plans you made when you were a teenager no longer apply.
It Was All A Lie
We all (mistakenly) thought that by the time we were in our twenties, we'd have all the answers to life's biggest questions, and that's not even close to true. No one knows anything.
You Wish You Could Go Back To School
Once you're finished school you realize that "back to school" is just a reminder that you spent yet another summer working day in and day out without doing any of those fun things you promised yourself you'd do this time.
Dating Is A Mess
Remember back in elementary school when you were told that girls mature faster than boys but that they'll catch up to you eventually? Most of them still haven't caught up by their twenties, so don't expect much.
The Best Motivation Is Revenge
As your expectations shift, you'll realize your motivation does too and it gets to the point where really all you want is to prove all those men wrong that have scorned you in years past.
The Carousel Never Stops Turning
Either you find a spouse who will eventually put away that same pile of stuff before you have to go to bed, or the cycle is endless and it continues forever.
Every Ache Reminds You Of Your Own Mortality
You now require at least 8 hours of sleep a night, all your money goes to adult things like rent and electricity (gross) and every ache you feel reminds you of your imminent death, even if that's 65 years from now.
You Realize Your Degree Means Nothing
Every new graduate has experienced this when applying for jobs. You find the perfect "entry-level" position, you're ready to send your resume in, and then you read the description and it says they want at least 5 years experience.
People Are Having Babies On Purpose?!
All those friends that were waiting until after they finished school to get engaged, get married, have babies etc.? The time is now, and it's no longer socially deplorable to bring children into the world since you've surpassed the "teen pregnancy" years.
The Game Of Life
Half your friends have a stable job and make monthly contributions to their retirement savings plans, while the other half is out there taking luxury vacations and pretending they don't have thousands of dollars in credit card debt.
Every Day Is A Mystery
You don't get a syllabus, you don't know what you're being graded on, and everybody is either failing or passing with a 51%, but nobody is acing it in their twenties.
The Fine Line Between Marriage And Dying Alone
Your twenties are the time that your aunt and uncle at Thanksgiving dinner start to bring up marriage, and you have to decide if you want to go with the "I'm actively looking" route or the "I'm happy being single!" Choose wisely, because they're going to ask you about it every time they see you.
You Might Find A New Hobby!
It's finally your time to do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it, and sometimes what you're craving is to knit a whale and not talk to anyone for 14 hours.
A Time For New Experiences
Your twenties is the time to learn about all those things that you didn't do. Travel around the world, get your heart broken, learn how to pay a bill on time. All the things you haven't done yet.
It's All About The Little Things
The older you get, the more you appreciate those little moments in life. Gone are the days where you thought your life would be an ongoing Hallmark movie. Now you're just trying to make it through the day.
The World Is Your Oyster
Should you go back to school? Should you completely change career paths? Should you hop on a plane to Europe and spend the rest of your life eating baguette and cheese in a park in France? You have no idea what to do with your life, which is exciting but also overwhelming.
If you ever hear yourself unironically refer to anyone younger than yourself as a "youth" that's when you know you're old. Especially if you're wearing a cardigan at the time.
Why Go Out When You Could Stay In?
The grandma stage is real, y'all. The grandma stage is for those people who went to enough bars in college, and now they want to spend their nights at home watching HGTV with a nice scented candle before they go to bed at 9 pm.
You Can't Avoid People Forever
Remember, the delivery man is more afraid of you than you are of him. He doesn't care if you haven't washed your hair in 4 days, and he's not going to leave the food until you open the door, so you have no choice.
It's All Downhill From Here
For all of your teenage years, you tell yourself that your looks will improve by the time you get to your twenties and you'll hit your peak. Now that you're in your twenties though, you come to the dark realization that this could be it.