Growing up is hard. When you were younger, you imagined you’d have it all – a flourishing career, a spunky other-half, the four bedrooms, two bathrooms house of your dreams, a pretty hefty looking savings account, and a group of lifelong friends you could rely on no matter what.
All your friends (including the ones on social media) seem to have it all. From the 5km runs before sunrise and the perfectly put together breakfasts, to stylish outfits for romantic Saturday night dates (in Italy whilst backpacking Europe might I add), everyone seems to be living the life you dreamed of…well, except for you that is.
What they’re not showing you is that it’s not that easy – those people are just using really good filters on their photos. And while the view from their backpackers may be breathtaking, so is their credit card debt when they eventually get home. The people who scored their dream job and bought a house at 21? All they want is to go out, get drunk and forget they have to be back at work 9am on Monday. There is comfort in knowing most of us are in the same boat in some way or another (and no, it’s not cruising the Greek Islands either).
Despite knowing I have the whole world sitting in the palm of my hand, here I am in my mid-20s, still not quite sure what to do with it, and that’s ok. We’re all still learning the trials and tribulations of becoming an adult, all whilst kind of wanting to creep back to our childhood bedrooms and hide safely away under the careful guidance of our parents.
And my story? I’m working 9 to 5 (try not to break out the Dolly Parton right there, I dare you) wondering if there’s better things out there I could be investing in. Should I buy a home? Should I focus on settling down? Should I travel the world? Should I focus on relationships and connections? What does that mean for my life?
What do I do to get through it all? I write about it. I tell it like it is, whether it’s stating the blatant truth about issues we’re awkwardly trying to avoid, admitting (and laughing) at embarrassing things that have happened along the way, or discovering important life lessons from the most surprising places. I love sharing with you cool things I’ve found to help distract us from the ‘real world’ from time to time (because that’s important too).
So please, take my hand and let us laugh, cry, stumble, sometimes fall, and most often pick ourselves right back up again on this adventure most commonly called ‘growing up‘, but what I fondly refer to as ‘no one told me it was going to be this damn difficult’.