Young adult expectations are so bloody high these days. As soon as we finish school at 16, we’re expected to know what career path we want to go down. We’re expected to apply for college, and after that, university. Before we know it, we’re heading into our 20’s and supposed to be stepping into our forever career path?
It doesn’t always work like that, you could be like I me. I finished college and went full-time in the part-time job I was working at the time. To be completely honest, that was the best and worst move I made because that exact job is where I met Nathan. I had no idea what career path I wanted to go down and I only chose the things I enjoyed in college. Maybe, I should have done the same with uni, but I didn’t I didn’t want to move away and get myself in the depths of student debts ‘just because’.
Now, I’m not one to judge. If you knew at 16 what you wanted to do and you’re on the right career path now – kudos to you! But, if you’re not then do not beat yourself up about it. I’m 23, I’m in a job which I know isn’t going to be my forever job, as much as I love it. Hell, I don’t even know if I’m ever going to find that forever job. People around me are having babies, buying houses, getting married. I know that its wrong to compare, but sometimes its hard not too. That’s okay too, it happens, we’re only humans.
Yes, we’re saving for a house. But we’ve put it on hold because we’ve thought ‘fuck it let’s go on holiday’. So, on my 24th birthday, Nathan and I will be taking our first flight abroad together. Some people have seen a lot more of the world by my age, they’ve been travelling etc. But I’m not letting that shit on my parade.
Truth is, I’m happy in my day-to-day life and that’s the most important thing. I’m so excited for our adventures this summer, stressing about saving for a mortgage was getting me down. We don’t need the pressure of these milestones in our lives, so what that we’ve been engaged for two years and guess what? NO, we’ve not set a date yet. I’m not even planning and I’m okay with that. We’re not planning babies yet, we’re still not ready to buy a house. We’ll do it all in our own time, we’re still young (even though I call Nathan old A LOT).
The whole point of this post is to reassure you that not all ‘milestones’ have age limits, they’re not a must and you should do what’s right for YOU.
Soz guys, rant over. If you’re still here, thank you for being patient with me. You’re amazing. If you have any input on young adult expectations drop them in the comments below!
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