How to be a 20-Something


I stumbled upon this cute article today.

“How to be a 20-Something”

The article itself is very entertaining, and (thankfully) far from my current reality. However, another article is referenced that casts the current state of 20-somethings as “the changing timetable for adulthood.” Here’s a nibble of it:

What Is It About 20-Somethings?

“The whole idea of milestones, of course, is something of an anachronism; it implies a lockstep march toward adulthood that is rare these days. Kids don’t shuffle along in unison on the road to maturity. They slouch toward adulthood at an uneven, highly individual pace. Some never achieve all five milestones, including those who are single or childless by choice, or unable to marry even if they wanted to because they’re gay. Others reach the milestones completely out of order, advancing professionally before committing to a monogamous relationship, having children young and marrying later, leaving school to go to work and returning to school long after becoming financially secure.

Even if some traditional milestones are never reached, one thing is clear: Getting to what we would generally call adulthood is happening later than ever. But why?

At the moment, I’m sitting in the library, halfway through tonight’s reading.

  • The class is Topics in Religion: Life After Death, and I’m the only declared religion major in there.
  • I was out the door at 6:45 AM to lift weights before class.
  • After class and before ballet, I took care of errands and finances.
  • In a few minutes, I’m heading to a friend’s house so she can make me pancakes and grill me about my time in the Middle East.
  • After that, one of my roommates is making dinner for the apartment.
  • I can’t wait to finish the rest of my reading, which examines the shift of afterlife views in Jews and Catholics during the 20th century.

According to the first article, these are the years where I should:

“Be really attractive. Your acne is gone, your face has matured without having wrinkles and everything on your body is lifted naturally. Eat bagels seven days a week, binge-drink and do drugs: you’ll still look like a babe. When you turn thirty, it’ll become a different story but that’s, like, not for a really long time.”


“Work at a coffee shop but feel hopeful about your career in advertising, writing, whatever. Remember that you’re young and that the world is your oyster. Everything is possible, you still have so much to see and hear. You went to a good school and did good things. Figure if you’re not going to be successful, who the hell is?”

“Go from eating delicious food at your parents’ house to eating Ragu tomato sauce over Barilla noodles. Develop an eating disorder to save money.”

“Date people who you know you’ll never be able to love. See someone for three months for no other reason than because it’s winter and you want to keep warm by holding another body. Date a Republican just so you can say you dated a Republican.”


“Move into an apartment on the corner of Overpriced and Dangerous. Sleep on a bare mattress with an Ikea comforter. Your mother talks to you about buying a top sheet and a duvet cover but feel like you’re not mature enough to own something called “duvet.”

Don’t judge a book by its cover. I’m going places!

Have a terrific Tuesdsay!

Question: Do you get angry when your age group is criticized/stereotyped? I totally live up to the 20-something hype once in a while, but honestly, I feel like I’m 30 already.


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