BEING Young & Twenty • Hadley

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Age • 20

Being in your 20’s means uncertainty.

We’re still discovering ourselves. Some of us are still trying to find our identity in this world. Some are trying to fill a roll and some are simply laying around, wondering what life would be like if they could change one thing.

“Just because I don’t know what the future holds for me in college, doesn’t mean I need to be scared.”

As someone who just turned 20 this past November – I’m scared.

I never thought I would be scared, but I am. I’m worried about how I’ll do in college and what I’ll do after. I’m worried about my finances. I’m worried if I’ll make my family proud of me, and so much more.

“Some of us are still trying to find our identity in this world.”

Although, I’m starting to realize that not everything is scary. Just because I don’t know what the future holds for me in college, doesn’t mean I need to be scared or a grump and fly under the radar throughout college.

I’m slowly realizing that I’m mistaking my fear for uncertainty.

Yes, I don’t know what I’m doing in the next month, or what classes I’m taking this fall, but that’s okay. It’s okay to be uncertain about your future. It should make us excited. Excited to see what the future is going to unfold.

I like to think that uncertainty means new discoveries.


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Depression Is Happiness

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Depression changes more than who you are. It changes the people around you.

Your supportive family panics. They beg you to comfort their own racing minds. They want to hear you say you’re fine and “everything’s back to normal!”. Even if they know it’s not.

Your friends don’t know you anymore. They sigh when you pass on a night of drinking and like everyone else, they just want to pat you on the back and tell you it will blow over.

Your job is slipping from your control. You can’t devote your hectic mind to 8 hours of concentration a day. You can’t accumulate enough vacation hours to sacrifice when the disease numbs your body and your bed holds you, hostage.

“You want to wear a permanent smile and see the good in people’s eyes, not pity. “

You live your days in frustration. You live misunderstood.

Depression is the inability to be who you are. You want to be the one with the kind heart. You want people to watch as you achieve big things and concur life flawlessly. You want to wear a permanent smile and see the good in people’s eyes – not pity.

It sounds so easy.

Anyone could be happy if they let themselves. But it’s not that easy, and you never appreciate simple happiness until you’re staring down the barrel of depression.

Depression shows you the dark to remind you there’s light. It knocks you down so you can learn how to stand. It opens your mind so you can survive the closed world, and it makes you strong so you forget you were once weak.

“You can’t accumulate enough vacation hours to sacrifice when the disease numbs your body and your bed holds you, hostage.”

Depression is happiness.

It’s having it all and still feeling sad. It’s not sadness. It’s intelligence. It’s wanting the unachievable. It’s wanting what you don’t have and what you don’t even know.


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BEING Young & Twenty • Daniella

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BEING Young & Twenty is somewhere I’m happy to be. I’ve finished College and graduated from University with a 2:1 in Graphic Design.

What Happens Now?
What do I want to do?
Who do I want to be?
Who do I want to meet?

My friends either have children or are asking the same questions as me. Some of them may have their answers, but me? I haven’t got a clue.

“I’ve bought a one-way ticket to Thailand. I plan on teaching English for at least 6 months, whilst learning about the Thai culture.”

I spend my weekends with friends and work a full-time job during the week. I work with people I love but I just handed my notice in. I’m going to leave it all behind and start a brand new adventure.

What happened to make me change direction all of a sudden?

Absolutely nothing. I just don’t want to wait until my body is old. Until I have a lot of money. Until the time is right, or until I retire – to do the life-changing things I plan on doing.

So, I’ve bought a one-way ticket to Thailand. I plan on teaching English for at least 6 months, whilst learning about the Thai culture, Thai Language and traveling to other places. How long I’ll be gone? I don’t know.

“Happiness means different things to different people, but for myself, happiness is excitement.”

I’ve got no idea, no plan, barely any money, but I’ve got happiness and determination.
Happiness means different things to different people, but for myself, happiness is excitement. BEING Young & Twenty means happiness, excitement, the unknown, uncertainty and a time where we can find ourselves and find the answers to all of my previous questions, in whatever way we want.

BEING Young & Twenty • Jessica

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Age • 27

At 27, I don’t feel young.

Many people don’t feel young because they think they’ve already wasted their potential. They doubt themselves and feel bad because they’re not where they want to be.

I should have it together by now.
I should have our dream job right now.
I should be a “real adult” already.

But, you don’t have to be there yet.

“I wish I had done things differently. But who cares? I found my dream job! That’s what keeps me going.”

If you’re still in college – keep working. That’s your job right now. If you’ve graduated and you’re just not where you think you should be – keep your head down. Do your best, and don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

I changed my major at 25. In fact, I am still going to school part-time at 27.

I often want to give up.

I feel like a loser compared to the others, who have tons of money to spend because they live with their parents. I wish I had done things differently. But who cares? I found my dream job! That’s what keeps me going.

“Many people don’t feel young because they already think they’ve already wasted their potential.”

Dreams are what define us.

Not how well we did in school or how far along we are in our 20’s. It’s not a race. It’s more like a friendly triathlon that we’re stumbling through, trying not to pass out. Behold! The end is in sight, my friend. We are limping towards the finish line together.

Let’s enjoy the view along the way!


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5 • Things Our Parents Said That Finally Makes Sense

We’ve spent years of our lives – convinced that our parents spoke their own language and lived in their own world. We refused to accept that the phrases they told us were another far fetch attempt to prove us wrong and make us feel stupid.

What saying did your parents once say, that you finally understand?
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Adulthood comes with A LOT of realizations; meaning we’ve finally learned the reality of our parents once irritating sayings. They were telling the truth, after all.

They were simply being honest.

1. Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

There are a lot of things in life to worry about. A lot of things that can keep you up at night; but you will never experience sanity if you dwell on the small stuff. The fixable problems. The puddle of milk that needs nothing more than a paper towel to clean up.

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2. Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees

We always laughed – commenting at our literal interpretation of this saying, but maybe now we appreciate the value of a dollar. Maybe now we understand that our reward is no longer a pat on the back. Our reward must be worked for in order to survive. There’s a lot of character in those who realize that money has more value than the paper it’s made from.

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3. We’ll Cross That Bridge When We Come To It

No one knows what tomorrow has to offer – yet we love to dwell on the unknown; leaving us clueless about right now. We have to stop thinking ahead and rushing through life. We have to slow down enough to realize that every path leaders to another, so keep one foot ahead of the other and savor the dirt beneath each one.

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4. Pretty Isn’t A Look. It’s An Outlook

Possibly one of the hardest things to understand [and some of us never will] is that beauty truly is skin deep. Our parents saw us at our essence. They saw the smiles we let slip through our lips. The excitement in our eyes when we saw something we liked, and the kind of words we would say to others when we couldn’t even say them to ourselves.

Our parents always knew that pretty isn’t a look – it’s an outlook.

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5. If Your Friends Jumped Off A Bridge – Would You?

Peer pressure comes in ways you’ve never imagined. It’s more than a joint in front of your face or a tempting text to sneak out. We live in comparison. Always looking at someone else’s’ life. Always wanting what we don’t have. No differently – as we grow up – society seems to become the friend we’re willing to jump off the bridge for.

BEING Young & Twenty • Ajone

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Age • 20

BEING Young & Twenty means it’s okay to make mistakes. We are young. We are at the age where we want to call ourselves adults but don’t want to be treated like children either.

“I’m growing from everything I’ve experienced. Every tear shed. Every pain. Every heartache.”

I’m learning that it’s okay to not know exactly what I want to do with my life.

My life isn’t balanced. I changed my major almost monthly, and I hate working for food stores. But – I’m also growing from everything I’ve experienced.

“I changed my major almost monthly, and I hate working for food stores.”

Every tear shed. Every pain. Every heartache. Shaping me to be a young but strong 20-year-old. All of these obstacles are making the journey we walk a bit more challenging but definitely worth it.


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Review • The Book Of Awesome

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Too often, we rush through life.

We let our moments blend into a routine and the thrill of the little things is lost amongst the chaos. For that, we should be thankful for The Book Of Awesome and The Book of (even more) Awesome’ by Neil Pasricha. These books remind us to slow down and appreciate the little things. After all, those are the moments that life is really about.

What’s one of the smallest pleasures in your life?
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Recommendation• The Book Of Awesome

These books are incredibly popular.

I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of them. The Book Of Awesome and The Book of (even more) Awesome’ are based on the award-winning blog ‘1000awesomethings.com‘. They’re hilarious. Uplifting. And the PERFECT quick read for when you’re feeling down. The quick and relatable lines will leave you with a smile, every time.

“Sometimes it’s easy to forget the things that make us smile. Sometimes it’s tempting to feel the world is falling apart. But awesome things are all around us.”

  • Popping bubble wrap
  • The smell of rain on a hot sidewalk
  • The other side of the pillow
  • Hitting a bunch of green lights in a row
  • Waking up and realizing it’s Saturday
  • Fixing electronics by smacking them
  • When the cashier opens a new lane at the grocery store
  • Bakery air
  • Sleeping in new bed sheets.

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You can read these books in one sitting, during your daily commute, or slowly enjoy it page-by-page, but it’s so important to be reminded that life isn’t as bad as our society (and the media) makes it out to be. The Book Of Awesome makes that clear.

They want to remind us to make the most out of the little things.

That’s what true happiness is.

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BEING Young & Twenty • Chelsea

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Age • 26
BEING Young & Twenty means losing everything you thought would last. Love, friends, letters, pets, homes, life and even yourself. It means awakening to what life really is, who you are, and finding your contribution towards it. It means learning to keep life balanced while knowing you’re not perfect.

“It means losing everything you thought would last.”

BEING Young & Twenty means trial-and-error. It means development, hope, and the creation of inner peace. Acceptance of who you are.

The Beauty In A Gloomy Day

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Not enough people appreciate the beauty in a gloomy day.

The sky teases us for hours with raindrops and distant thunder. It’s a day of suspense. A beautiful build up. We carry on, living our lives beneath a chaotic mess, and we live knowing the end is worth waiting for.

We live knowing rain isn’t permanent. Just like we know pain isn’t permanent. They both go away as graceful as the sky fills with colour after a storm. As unexpected as a bright flash of lighting. As quickly as a pavement of chalk beneath rain.

So do not worry.

Once today’s’ pain is yesterdays’ – you’ll be given a clean slate to make a mess.

“Thunderstorms aren’t sadness just like happiness isn’t the sun.”

Thunderstorms aren’t sadness just like happiness isn’t the sun.

Just like people who leave the clouds in the hands of the sky see a different allure then those who hold the clouds on a string.


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BEING Young & Twenty • Brooke

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Age • 19

I wonder why everyone wants to be 20.

Have you ever talked to a college kid about their life before?

Have you ever asked them how they’re planning on paying off their debt? Or how they feel about themselves and how society has been affecting their thought process. If you really sit down and talk to any one of us- you will come to find out that BEING Young & Twenty, is one of the hardest times of our lives.

“Why does everyone who isn’t young and 20 put us down? Why are you focusing on the bad when there’s still good?”

Being a strong woman in college, I must tell you how strong we have to actually be. We need someone to tell us were doing a good job, sometimes. Someone to say ‘I love you and I believe in you’, every once in a while.

“Let’s make being young and 20 about loving unconditionally again.”

Most people are ashamed to be in this generation.

But me?

I’m proud to be a part of this generation. Why does everyone who isn’t young and 20 put us down? Why are you focusing on the bad when there’s still good?

I challenge you to be the brave one who kicks fear in the face for the love of their passion and the people around them. Be the one that reminds the world that love endures all things. Honestly, I could have everything but if I don’t love people, I have nothing. Let’s make being young and 20 about loving unconditionally again.


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