I'm Delighted to Inform You That These 25 Myths About Turning 25 Just Aren't True
What's with all the pressure around turning 25, anyways? I'm about to celebrate my 25th birthday, and I can't help but think (and laugh) about where I thought I'd be by this age. Married with kids? Yeah, right. When you're younger, 25 sounds so much older than what it actually is. Sure, I'm 25 — technically I can rent a car now, and supposedly my brain is fully developed — but I'm still allowed to be lost and make mistakes. No, I'm not in a serious relationship (sorry, Grandma), but I've been in enough to understand that you need to wholeheartedly love yourself first. I may not own a home or even rent an apartment that's picturesque, but I moved across the country for a cool job that I love. There's still a lot I have left to accomplish in my life, but for the 25 years I've had, I'd say I'm doing pretty well. Our world puts so much pressure on 25, and if I actually listened to it, I'd be a mess.
Truth is, I'm going into 25 with no regrets. I'll probably celebrate with one too many drinks, you know, for a 25-year-old. Maybe I'll even text my ex to throw off my mid-20s maturity. The point is that, yes, 25 is a meaningful age as with any year around the sun. It's important to have goals and be a reasonably responsible human being, but if you feel "off track," it's because you're human, and tracks aren't a real thing. Embrace who you are and how you're feeling, and if you want to accomplish a goal, go after it, but do it for you, not because you're 25 and feel like you should. We're all where we're supposed to be, and turning a year older doesn't change that. If you're with me, keep reading for all the myths about turning 25.