Sometimes when I’m having a difficult time or I’m really struggling with… life I always wonder whether I’m the only one struggling as everyone else seems like they have it all figured out on the outside. This inspired me to reach out to other bloggers and other people I know who are also in their twenties and ask them about the things they found hard and believe it or not – everyone finds similar things difficult! So here is my list of 20 things people find the hardest about being in their twenties feel free to send me your hardest thing at @caratigerlilli!
- Moving out
Moving out was an aspect a lot of people mentioned and the reasoning behind it was both the financial strain it has along with the need to be independent. Keeping your own home seems easy until you’re the one having to work full time or look after a family along with doing ironing, cleaning and washing and a lot of us tend to move out and fly the nest whilst being in our twenties.
2. Managing finances
This was something that practically everyone mentioned as being the hardest aspect of being in your twenties but a lot of us had different reasonings behind it. From trying to budget or save money for bigger things on a small income or getting into debt with loans and credit cards due to having little money management knowledge and assuming this was ‘free money’.
3. People expect you to be adult and mature
Let’s face it, the majority of us in our twenties who are expected to be responsible adults are still into playing games, Disney, superhero films and going to theme parks, don’t make us grow up yet we’re happy here.
4. Finding a job which is relevant after completing a degree
Imagine spending 3 years completing a degree only to struggle to actually find employment in your field. Ideally, people study particular subjects because they want to work in that field so someone wanting to work as an engineer wouldn’t go and study nursing. Yet, there’s still so many of us in our twenties that get a degree in one subject and a job in something completely different or wait for ages after completing the degree to be offered a job in that field. Of course, if you aren’t as picky and just want immediate employment you may be able to work in a call centre, but you didn’t study for 3 years of your life to do that did you?
5. Finding a job that you actually enjoy
So you’ve got a job and you’re earning money but it’s mind-numbingly boring and you’re unhappy. Sure, sometimes in life we do have to sacrifice and do things that we don’t want to do but we spent a huge amount of our lives at work yet so many of us are forced into employment we find unbearable because of family pressures or financial constraints or even the fear that we are unable to find employment elsewhere and this is one of the reasons why a lot of people in their twenties may not be enjoying their lives as much as they probably could because two fun days on a weekend doesn’t make up for 5 days of hell (some people work their weekends too).
6. Feeling the pressure of being married by 25
Remember when you were younger and you thought you would be married by 25? A lot of people in their twenties view marriage as something that we are pressurised into or constantly being asked questions about, but guess what? It’s okay to get married later and it’s okay to not get married too.
7. Plans you thought would be successful going wrong
Sometimes we have these mighty plans of things we’re going to do in life such as a particular career or a particular aspiration and a lot of the time whether we reach these aspirations or not they don’t always go to plan. Learning to trust your gut and go for what makes you happy is something we’re always learning along with accepting some things don’t go according to plan.
8. Accepting your body is getting older
This is more directed to the mid-late twenties. We realise we are not teenagers any more our metabolism isn’t on fire, we cannot handle alcohol and our skin won’t stay wrinkle-free forever so this is a time to accept that and if you can make positive changes then do so!
9. Trying to find yourself
A lot of us essentially have an identity crisis and we’re constantly finding ourselves giving into peer pressure, pressure from relationships, pressure from family and generally just doing things because other people are doing them and other people think that it’s cool. Being in your twenties is a difficult period because we’re still making these mistakes and still trying to find out who we are and what makes us happy.
10. Trying to keep up with the pace of other people’s lives
As young adults we are constantly comparing ourselves to other people and if you’re not lucky you! We look at people who have things we want whether that be money, a stable career, marriage or a family and we feel sad about it because we aren’t there yet instead of taking our time and enjoying life.
11. Realizing you’re the adult in the room
I do this a lot working in a school when one of the children has an accident or breaks something or spills something I look around for the nearest adult then I realise it’s actually me.
12. Having a lack of self-confidence
Still, in our twenties, we have a lot of the same hang-ups we had when we were teenagers and we’re still trying to own them. A lot of people are put off from making big jumps and taking risks because they just don’t feel confident enough yet.
13. Becoming a parent and experiencing life differently
Some people have a completely different perspective of being in their twenties than others as some have families at a younger age and may experience a different lifestyle and have to accept they can’t go and do everything their child-less friends are doing. I can’t imagine anyone would regret watching their children grow up but some could feel as if they missed a more spontaneous time in their lives.
14. Learning to be independent
Being independent is something we all have to learn and it’s normally in our twenties we experience this. Along with the previous points about moving out and cleaning up to starting a family, it could also include other things such as learning to travel alone, look for work and study alone or even tiny things like booking appointments and turning up!
15. We still care too much about what others think
One of the things stopping a lot of us from living an abundantly happy life in our twenties is because we are so wrapped up about what other people think of us. We’re still installed with a fear that other people will mock us or embarrass us or think some type of way about us instead of thinking about ourselves. Normally those that we expect to mock us don’t really care and those that do mock or criticise you for doing something that makes you happy are probably unhappy themselves and need to find something that makes them feel better that doesn’t include making someone else feel bad.
16. We are more tolerant to accept toxic relationships
This was a comment made in one of the blogging groups I am a part of by a girl called Kristan(LINK) and a lot of people responded to the idea of we don’t know when to let go of toxic relationships in our twenties. We are a lot more tolerant to accept toxic relationships in our twenties because we’re still learning and for some people, there’s just a hope a relationship can still work out as we get older we learn to say no or end things that are bad for us.
17. Our parents are getting older
This point is pretty self-explanatory when you reach your twenties a lot of your parents are reaching the 50+ age and are getting older and we don’t want our parents to get old 😦
18. The realisation that EVERYTHING is more expensive than it seems
Do you remember being younger and insisting your parents purchase the Cathedral branded cheese instead of the supermarkets own brand? Or being devastated when your parents arrived home from shopping without the beloved Lurpak butter? I can imagine a lot of the people that did that are now happy buying from the likes of Aldi or Lidl because everything is getting so much more expensive so people are prioritising saving money and saving the Lurpak until it’s on a special offer. This is due to the rising cost of living but also due to the fact before we reached our twenties and started actually purchasing groceries ourselves we were unaware how much these things cost and they are far more expensive than we thought!
19. Juggling commitments can be exhausting
Some people work, have a family and study at the same time and that can be very tiring and very time-consuming.
20. It’s way harder to make friends
You don’t get introduced to people or sat next to people in your class at school as an adult (not even at University) you need to speak to people and make friends yourself which is way more difficult than asking people to play games at school.
I appreciate not all of these apply to all of us but hope you enjoyed my 20 hardest things about being twenty and thank you to everyone that helped contribute. I’m also writing a blog post about the 20 BEST things about being in your twenties and I’d love you to contribute by tweeting or Instagram direct message @caratigerlilli or leaving me a comment below!