BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Ryanne

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Ryanne

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Ryanne McLaren
A Bookish Charm
Age • 20

“I have moments of “I can’t do this” and “adulting is the worst,” but I know what I want to do and that I am not alone.”

I turned 20 in November, and I can’t shake the feeling that I should have experienced a metamorphosis, shedding my teen years and entering my 20’s as any other confused college student.

But I’ve never been a typical teenager.

So, why would I expect to feel like a normal 20-something?

Teenage girls are expected to be dramatic, selfish rebels who spend too much time failing at Pinterest-inspired manicures.

While others were dating around, I had 1 respectful boyfriend.

My fights with my parents ended with hugs.

I added straps to my prom dress while other girls seemed to compete to see whose dress could cost the most while using the least fabric.

I broke curfews to study and was only told to turn my music down when I was practicing piano. While I was nominated for Homecoming court, I was happier as Orchestra President. My friends were music geeks and bookworms.

I always “marched to the beat of my own tuba,” but it was due to my family, faith, and friends that I stayed that way. Sure, I have moments of “I can’t do this” and “adulting is the worst,” but I know what I want to do and that I am not alone.

When I turned 16, I felt both older and younger than my peers.

Now, BEING Young & Twenty, I feel more 10 and 30 than their median.

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