Are you 20-something and exhausted? You’re not alone. Life isn’t so easy now that you’ve entered the real world and are faced with all of the responsibilities of adulting.
Sure, you might be able to land a job easier than people could five years ago, but will that job pay you enough money to live comfortably, travel, and save for retirement?
Or will that job work you to death and then pay you the same salary it paid 15 years ago before serious inflation took everything from rent to groceries hostage.
The struggle is real – and sleep is your best friend, if only you could find the time to get some.
At least you can take comfort in the fact that so many other people in their twenties are facing the same battles, as made evident by these tweets.
My mid-20s consists of me trying to catch up on stuff I should've done sooner.
— Kev Shep (@KevShepherd) September 24, 2018
According to Megan Erickson, “The best and worst part about being a twenty-something is that every decision you make can change the rest of your life. Once you’re in your 30’s or 40’s, it gets harder and harder to reinvent yourself.”
True mark of adulthood: Instead of your parents scheduling your doctors appointments, you just avoid going and hope you don't die.
— Jono Yates (@jonoBLITZ) August 29, 2015
No matter the struggle, make sure to enjoy the journey. After all, by the time you turn 35, 80% of your life’s most defining moments will have already happened.
I know a lot of people go through their “party stage” in their 20s but is there also a “grandma stage” or is it just me????
— Hailey Mays (@haileyjmays) September 21, 2018
Your personality tends to change the most during your twenties as you learn more about who you are as a person.
Your late 20s are great because you get this huge energy crash in the afternoon but if you drink any coffee at all you’ll never sleep it’s just a lot of fun
— Emily Joy (@emilyjoypoetry) June 13, 2019
Dr. Meg Jay says there are 50 million 20somethings living in the US who have no idea what they will be doing, where they will live, or who they will become in the next 2 to 10 years.
“They don’t know whether they are a few dates or many years from a meaningful relationship. They worry about whether they will have families or whether their marriages will last.”
This level of uncertainty creates a lot of stress and anxiety – which will only make you feel more tired.
my 20s as movie franchise
21: The Disappointment & The Anxiety
22: 2 Disappointed 2 Anxious
23: The Disappoinment & The Anxiety: Tokyo Drift
— Gabby Noone (@twelveoclocke) September 25, 2017
According to GoBankingRates, 67% of people between 18 and 24 years old have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts. 46% have $0.
For slightly older millennials, between 24 and 34 years old, 61% have under $1,000 in their savings accounts and 41% have nothing at all.
Just remember – “most people fail to realize that, in life, it’s not how much money you make. It’s how much money you keep.” – Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad
The 1920s My 20s
The Great Depression
— Ari✌︎✌︎ (@theariskye) June 11, 2019
Forty percent of people in their twenties move back home at least once.
Twentysomethings go through an average of 7 different jobs in one decade alone.
About 25% of recent grads are unemployed and 25% are underemployed.
being an adult is 90% stressing about money and 10% spending money you don’t have on treats because you’ve worried a lot this week
— Shafeeq (@Y2SHAF) June 17, 2019
Wondering how much your 20something peers are pulling in each year?
The average annual salary for someone between 20 and 24 years old is $27,300.
The average annual salary for someone between 25 and 34 is $40,352.
The gender pay gap is still evident – with men between 20 and 24 making slightly more at $28,548 and women pulling in $26,416.
Men 25 to 34 years old continue to make more than females, pulling in an average of $43,056 per year versus $37,804 for women.
Tired of being the oldest or youngest person in the room. Mid-late 20s crowd stand up!
— Learning (@milesgrimmer) September 16, 2018
it’s summer and i’m in my 20s so social media every weekend is just weddings now i guess
— hannah (@gulickhannah) June 16, 2019
2/3 of people in their twenties will spend at least some time living with a romantic partner that they are not married to – and may never marry.
Those who wait until they are over 25 to get married are 24 percent less likely to get a divorce.
The top two most common reasons for divorce include: lack of commitment (73%) and arguing too much (56%). Followed by infidelity (55%), married too young (46%), and unrealistic expectations (45%).
*Respondents gave more than one answer – that’s why percentages exceed 100%.
i used to get so mad waiting 2 hours for my parents to say goodbye at their friend's house but my 20s have taught me it really be like that
— jaboukie (@jaboukie) September 18, 2017
According to Jerffrey Arnett, who works at Clark University, the twenties have transformed into a new life stage, which he calls “emerging adulthood.”
Arnett explains that this life stage is only relevant to around 18 percent of the global population, more specifically to certain groups living in the US, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, and Australia.
20somethings living in developing countries are far more likely to finish their formal education in their teens and then marry by the time they are in their early twenties.
Is there an age where you stop moving the same pile of stuff from your bed onto the floor every night or is adulthood just a lie?
— Dan Sheehan (@ItsDanSheehan) September 18, 2017
According to an article in The Wall Street Journal:
“Recent research into how the brain develops suggests that people are better equipped to make major life decisions in their late 20s than earlier in the decade. The brain, once thought to be fully grown after puberty, is still evolving into its adult shape well into a person’s third decade, pruning away unused connections and strengthening those that remain, scientists say.”
As I go through my 20s, the importance of actively forging and investing in friendships that can withstand time and distance rather than spreading myself too thin by socializing randomly just becomes more and more clear.
— ✨Shubheksha ✨ (@ScribblingOn) September 16, 2018
The average 19 to 29 year old has 8 close friends – that number actually increases for people over 65 years old, who have an average of 13 close friends.
Being in your 20s means, being tired at 8pm and sleeping… and waking up at 9 am the next day. ??♀️ #OldSoul
— crybaby walker (@iinsaaniittyy) September 14, 2018
The average person needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night – but the average American is only getting 6.8 hours of sleep each night. Consider yourself lucky if you catch more zzz’s than that.
adulthood is emailing "sorry for the delayed response!" back and forth until one of you dies
— Marissa Miller Kovac (@Marissa__Miller) February 26, 2016
[The doorbell rings as a kid]
A NEW FRIEND? FOR ME? LETS FIND OUT
[The doorbell rings as an adult]
I still have time to fake my own death
— dreamghoul (@TheDreamGhoul) April 2, 2017
Once you turn 25 years and above, there is no need to set an alarm. Your problems will wake you up by force.
— Adedamola (@Mr90n27) June 19, 2019