BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Brooke

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Brooke Haley
Remnants of Beauty
Age • 19

“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 wonder why everyone wants to be 20.

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

Have you ever asked them how they’re planning on paying off their debt? Or how they feel about themselves? Or how society has been affecting their thoughts?

BEING Young & Twenty is one of the hardest times of our lives.

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

Most people are ashamed to be in this generation.

But me?

I’m proud to be a part of this generation!

I challenge you to be the brave one who kicks fear in the face for their passions 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 & Twenty about loving unconditionally again.

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Love & Lust • Heartbreak Is An Encore

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“Heartbreak is the chilling feeling that you’re doing everything wrong. That this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.”

Heartbreak is a powerful diagnosis.

It’s the sorrow of a lonely bird. The crumbling of an expired cake. The nostalgia of a Top 40 song, overplaying itself on the radio. Heartbreak is the chilling feeling that you’re doing everything wrong. That this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.

It’s the disbelief, the regret, the wish for one more chance.

Heartbreak is an encore. It’s a broken record, refusing to let the song end. It’s the honesty of a photograph, unable to change with the people in it.

But, how many times can you let the same person defeat you? You sacrifice our self-worth for the familiar because you settle – and you accept.

Sometimes they’ll look your way, smirking as if deprived of your body. They’ll send you a text every few months, slipping in a childish emoticon. They’ll press their shoulder against yours at the bar, reminding you of their mere existence. And not sometimes, but always, do you read too much into these things.

And so, you continue to look their way.

You hope to connect one last time. You rehearse your response to their texts – whipping your phone in critique when your words simply won’t flow.

You disregard the eyes of affection,

the real love that comes up,

the ones who can rewrite your pain.

They’re begging for your time and attention like you’re begging for someone else’s’.


This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Nicole

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Nicole

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Nicole
My Uninspired Blog
Age • 22

“and we insist on drinking so much in 3 hours on Friday night that we don’t enjoy any of Saturday. We do all this assuming that we’re just killing time, waiting for our real lives to begin.”

I recently watched a Ted Talk about people saying that 30 is the new 20 because kids are “starting their lives” later in recent years.

Initially, it seems true.

Twenty-somethings embrace this concept because it gives us more time. More time to save money for that dream house, find that perfect person, create the perfect career. However, here’s the problem. I have this theory:

Which project would you work on more urgently- one that was due in 10 years or one that was due tomorrow?

We all know which one it is.

It makes perfect sense to put off a project that isn’t important for another decade. That’s not what the problem is- the problem lies in us thinking that we have ten 10 before we start the project of our lives.

When we say that 30 is the new 20, we are essentially saying that our 20’s have no meaning.

We date those emotionally unavailable guys who get around via longboard, we eat food made entirely of chemicals as long as we can prepare it in under three minutes, and we insist on drinking so much in 3 hours on Friday night that we don’t enjoy any of Saturday.

We do all this assuming that we’re just killing time, waiting for our real lives to begin.

I believe that BEING Young & Twenty is the perfect time to start living intentionally. If we live like the project is due tomorrow, by the time tomorrow comes, we won’t be scrambling to find what we need at the last minute.

What could your life be like if you started it today, while you’re young and twenty?

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Ann

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Ann Liao
Day Dreams In Dresses
Age • 23

“A wise woman once told me never to change myself for anyone, and that really stuck with me.”

BEING Young & Twenty is all about being yourself and finding your passions.

Granted, it took me awhile to get here. People peak at different ages and I certainly peaked in my 20’s. It takes time.

BEING Young & Twenty means it’s okay to make mistakes. If we didn’t make them, we wouldn’t be able to learn. I’m grateful for all the times I’ve made mistakes.

Learn to be gracious to others.

BEING Young & Twenty means it’s okay not to know what you want to do.

I’m in my senior year of college (woohoo finally!), and I’m figuring out what I want to do with my life. Things can change, and you may find your passions later than others. Better late than never ,right?

A wise woman once told me never to change myself for anyone, and that really stuck with me. As you grow up, try to remember that.

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Samantha

BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Samantha

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Samantha Allison-Marie
Involuntary College Dropout
Age • 24

“These difficult years have shaped me into the independent woman I am proud to be today.”


Turning 24 hit me like a ton of bricks – falling from a 20-story-building-covered in barbed wire. A little dramatic, I know.

Going from 4.0 honor roll student, Yearbook Editor-in-Chief, Youth Group founder to an involuntary college dropout takes quite a toll on your mental stability. But these difficult years have shaped me into the independent woman I am proud to be today.

BEING Young & Twenty is all about making mistakes and learning to love yourself.

Your 20’s are your selfish years, become your own biggest fan!

Loving yourself is the hardest but the most rewarding thing you can do in your life. It is incredibly difficult in this day and age, especially with all the social media flashing around you. But once you can accept who you are and be proud of the amazing person you have become, life will shine a little brighter.

Just remember:
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You”
– Dr. Seuss
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