What You Imagined Your 20s Would Be Like vs. What They’re Actually Like

Being in your twenties is totally hot right now. This must be a new development though because when I was a teenager, I’m pretty sure no one gave a shit about 20-somethings. Granted, things were a bit different back in 2007 than they are now.

When I was a teenager, my perception of being in your twenties ended up being wildly different than how it actually is.

This is what I thought it was going to be like.

On money

16-year-old me: When I’m in my twenties, I’ll have so much money. Dude, have you ever met a 20-something before? They’re rich as hell!!!! They go on vacations to Hawaii and have houses and cars and lamps and curtains and beds. Oh my god, have you SEEN their beds? Some of them are as big as a Queen. Damn, I’d kill for a bed like that.

20-something me: How does anyone make money? How does anyone afford to live? This is an honest question that I’d like to know the answer to because so far I just assume that everyone has trust funds, which I know can’t be true. Social security is going to run out before I retire, which means that I’ll never stop working, right? Kill me.

On relationships

16-year-old me: I’m going to meet a wonderful guy, in college. I’ll take him home to my parents and we’ll spend Christmas together. My parents will be like “OMG, she’s the one!” and I’ll be like, “OMG, I know.”We’ll get married after college.

20-something me: Up and downs, all the way.

On sex

16-year-old me: Well, they have a lot of sex on Friends so I’m pretty sure 20-somethings have a lot of sex. It seems fun!

20-something me: No comment.

On friendship

16-year-old me: This is the time when your friends really become your family. You see them constantly. They’re your anchor. You cry to each other at least once a week.

20-something me: I haven’t seen my best friend in two weeks or I have none.

On partying

16-year-old me: I’m pretty sure you do most of your partying in college. Like, it should be mostly out of your system by 22. 22 is way too old to party! You should just be drinking something sophisticated like wine at that age.

20-something me: I don’t know if people ever stop getting wasted, unless they have children and even then it’s debatable.


16-year-old me: I’m going to have my dream job. Being in your twenties is about living out your dreams!!! Everyone finds success.

20-something me: Did someone just say “job”? WHERE? GIMMIE.

On aging

16-year-old me: God, when I’m in my twenties I’ll be old.

20-something me: I’m in my twenties and i feel old



8 thoughts on “What You Imagined Your 20s Would Be Like vs. What They’re Actually Like

  1. kristinakoti

    Haha I enjoyed this post very much, thank you 🙂 but most importantly besides the entertaining it’s also very true. I recall the 16 me quite similar to yours and the 20s well not that different.
    Hope you pay a visit to my blog and like it 🙂



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