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September 8, 2023

Turning 25 in an Era of “Got Next” (1 minute read)

In a world where the youth are always considered the future, the media makes it seem like we have no time to prove ourselves before we’re “past our prime.”

It’s completely untrue.

At 18, you’re still just a teenager, but by the time 25 comes around, you feel like time is running out for you to make a legacy, regardless of the fact that you’re just a seven-year-old adult. As birthdays go, I’ve been away from my parents for the past six of them, and this year was the second away from my friends back home, too.

So, I had a lot of time to reflect. I see age as a social construct, a way to help categorize us and track our development through life. But I have to admit I love the idea of being the younger generation in society. It seems as though the whole world is at your feet, and you can switch and change your dreams as quickly as the wind changes. I love the idea of being unattached to anything but always chasing something.

All of this isn’t to say I won’t love the next stages of my life. There is so much to look forward to, including the privilege of growing older. But I find current society quite interesting for millennials, and it’s actually quite difficult to remain carefree. Social media, especially, has had a huge impact on pushing the boundaries of “young” further and further. We are told now that true success may not appear until our 40s, yet 20-year-olds are making six figures from content. Therefore, there is this push-and-pull effect happening. We feel we ought to have achieved more by now, but not too worry because we have plenty of time.

From an outside perspective, it’s quite easy to see that comparison really is the thief of joy, and in today’s world, there is so much to compare if you let yourself. I guess I’ve learnt to embrace every twist and turn in the road, don’t wish away bad days, go outside even if it’s raining, do the thing that scares you and enjoy it regardless.

We spend so much time wishing away the days, thinking that being more mature will bring with it more success.

But at the end of the day, every second is part of the human experience.

Worrying about missing the boat on if you “got next” is only going to make the journey miserable.