I’ve always imagined having my name published in a well-known publication. I’ve always dreamed of having my voice heard through my written/typed words, so readers can relate and find the words to describe themselves or what is occurring in their daily life. I’ve been writing since I was five years old. There have been moments when I’ve been confident in my writing, then times when I have been very insecure and discouraged.
Lately I have taken chances to try to put my writing out there for others to read (Hence the creation of this blog). A couple of months ago, I sent in a piece to one of my favorite sites, HelloGiggles. I took a chance to see if maybe something I wrote could be featured on their site. While they welcome contributors on a daily basis, it’s something special for a piece to be actually be approved and published.
After a what seemed to be a long waiting period, I was ecstatic to find out that my piece was chosen to be published on their site! Words cannot describe how it feels to read something I wrote on a site I’ve been reading everyday for as long as I can remember. I decided to write a piece that described who I am and things I am going consistently through, while adding my own witty personality.
Being that it is officially published, I can’t help but share it here for you all to read. If you’re in your twenties like myself, I hope it’s something you can relate to and show you that you aren’t alone in this crazy thing called life and growing up. I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to check it out on their site via this link, http://hellogiggles.com/all-the-reasons-why-your-20s-are-one-big-paradox/ and comment if you like as well 🙂
All the reasons why your 20s are one big paradox
If I have learned anything about being in your twenties, it’s that it’s a time period full of contradictions. It’s supposed to be some of the best years of your life, when your identity forms solidly into the person you have always meant to become and your overall mindset is clearer than ever. I’m not sure about you, but it hasn’t worked out quite that way for me. I feel as if I am watching a reality show about a confused and lost girl trying to grasp how “adulting” works, except, it turns out, I’m the star of that show.
I am happy, then sad. I get excited then frustrated. I am confident, yet insecure. I am ambitious, but lazy. I am full of positivity, but then full of negativity. My life is wonderful, yet a disaster. The only thing I have managed to successfully figure out is that your twenties are full of paradox. Here’s why.
You have to figure out who you are, but you can’t even figure out what you want to eat for dinner every night.
If you put raspberries in ice cream, that’s totally a fruit serving. Right?
You live a fun life, but realize the most eventful life event you have had recently is Free Pancake Day at iHop.
Best day of the year, though.
You could have the social life like an episode of The Hills, but you and your friends are too busy working to ever spend sufficient time together.
Turns out a full-time job really puts a damper on the daytime hang sesh.
You admire the hottest trends, but have a Target budget.
You are mostly independent, but still look forward to free laundry and a home cooked meal at your parents’ house.
Sometimes, cooking dinner is an insurmountable obstacle
You live a healthy, active lifestyle, but can never resist the urge to make that late night Taco Bell run.
Who could pass up Doritos tacos?
You experience the joy of falling in love for the first time, but really only have a committed relationship to Netflix and frozen yogurt.
If you’re in a relationship, you miss being single. But if you’re single, you miss being in a relationship.
Can you ever win?
Your life is a time to be “young, wild, and free,” but it’s also the time to be a responsible adult.
I’m hearing some mixed messages here.
It seems as if every classmate, neighbor and acquaintance is engaged, married or pregnant and you are still trying to figure out how to simply pass your semester with a decent GPA.
We all have our own struggles, OK?
You want to be social and interact with others, but then want to stay in and binge watch every TV show by yourself (Cookie Butter in hand).
Can’t the party come to me instead?
You realize you are an adult, but can’t help but still jam to High School Musical tracks on your iPod.
Some things never get old.
You know who you are, but your identity is still under construction.
It’s a work in progress.
My twenties are a roller coaster. While at times it can be overwhelming, emotional, confusing, and exhausting, I wouldn’t change it any other way. Maybe our twenties aren’t about having everything figured out already.Maybe they’re about noticing that life is a total contradiction and embracing it anyway.