The Transition to Becoming a Young Adult
Once you clock 18, you start to notice a shift in your environment; more people expect you to be independent, to make your own choices, and be more responsible. Don’t fret; the transition is more challenging than you think.
Young Adult is somewhere around the age of 18–25. These are your most formative years, in my opinion, and the most crucial in your lifetime.
You might think, what the f**k are you talking about, “these are the years; you party away.” I mean, you could party if you want to, but best believe the clock is ticking.
You are ticking towards a life with less room for major life f**k-ups. So if you want to party, you might as well make a lot of mistakes cause each error or mistake becomes a lot more painful after the young adult period.
DON’T PARTY IT ALL AWAY
This is no secret; everyone parties hard during their young adult years, but I want you to do me a favour. I also want you to think about what you want the rest of your life to be like.
Life is finite, and there are only so many years you can party away.
At some point, you will start to feel hollow, especially if you have been partying up until age 25 without stopping to think your life through.
You are on the dance floor, clutching a drink, trying to pick up girl number seven or talking to the umpteenth guy who told you, you are looking cute tonight.
And then you stare off into the distance, thinking to yourself, this very night is like deja vu; you have been playing this game for the past five years, and it feels like time has flown by. Where did it all go?
THE TRANSITION IS HARDER THAN YOU THINK
For me, the most significant shift is life responsibilities. Suddenly you’ve got bills to pay, no more dad or mum to look after you.
You have to start thinking for yourself and make tough life decisions, and most of the time, there is no one there to tell you if you are right or wrong.
The earlier in life you become independent in your choices and decisions, the easier this transition will be. On the other hand, if you still have mum and dad making major life decisions for you well into your early twenties, the harder the transition will be.
YOU WILL MAKE MISTAKES, AND THAT’S OKAY
You will make major life mistakes, and that’s okay. That’s what the early twenties are for. You need to experiment and test out ideas that you think will benefit you later in life.
You also have to think about the big picture. People in their early twenties like to live in the moment. Don’t follow that way of life; always have your future in plain sight in every decision you make.
I know it’s tough, and the world is a lonely place sometimes. School never taught us to be efficient young adults. Our parents try as they can but can only do so much.
After much trial and error, we have to figure out that part independently.
The most important thing is to hit thirty years with a lot of life currency to fall back on.
Through our successes and failures in our twenties, we learn how to navigate this thing called life, and hopefully, we have made the right choices to stand us in good stead.
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