I turned 21 last December and one of the first things that crossed my mind was being older than Hyuna of the Bubble Pop fame. The girl singing and dancing in the video below was born in 1992.
Bubble pop aside, turning 21 felt more monumental than turning 18. If 18 meant being ‘legal’, 21 was like ‘responsibility’ to me.
And right now I am anxious (in a good way I hope). Yes, there is the feeling of impending doom, there are mistakes to commit and hard decisions to make yet there are also things to be experienced and lessons to be learned.
When I was younger I thought 21 was old but like most childhood beliefs, I was wrong. Being in your 20s means you’re ‘old’ enough to make it into life on your own while being young enough at the same time to enjoy it.
Just read through all these articles from thoughtcatalog.
“Being in your twenties is all about discovering which things hurt you and what makes you feel good. You go in blindly, practically pricking yourself with a dull blade, and then you walk out with tougher skin. One day you’ll stop pricking yourself altogether. Maybe.” <Why being in your 20s is awesome>
“Every opportunity to take a shot at your dream career should be greeted passionately by you. Too often people forget that the 20s are an ideal decade for trial and error. Test things out, then fail or succeed.” <15 Ways 20-Somethings Ruin Their Twenties>
“14. The person who breaks your heart. This person is someone who, despite all of your efforts to the contrary, will never be completely forgotten. They may lie dormant for extended periods of time, but one day you’ll see their name somewhere, or their picture, or maybe just something that reminds you of them — and you’ll get that little stomach-drop that says, “Yes, I’m still here.” ” <20 People You Will Meet in Your 20s>
I know some realizations of the authors above are exaggerated or not applicable to everyone but there is really no harm in hoping for the best.
And boy, I am so excited for this decade.