People say that life starts at 20.
Many begin a new chapter in their life, like starting college and paying their own way.
Some start their first part-time or full-time job, which they use to pay actual bills. Others move out of their parents’ house and are now on their own in what grownups call reality.
When we were adolescents, we thought that being in our 20s was going to be the greatest time of our lives.
We had dreams of endless partying, staying up all hours of the night, eating whatever we wanted and doing whatever we wanted because we were adults. Life was going to be like a Gatsby party.
In reality, some of us are worn out, tired, overworked, starving, lost young people trying to keep above water and wishing we were teenagers again.
A lot of us are insecure and not really sure who we are.
What are we going to do with our lives and where is our next meal coming from?
An article, “The Real World: Recognizing Mental Illness in Young Adults” by Vikram Tarugu, explains how young adults are prone to mental illnesses.
“They find that their independence involves many new responsibilities and stresses, as well as freedoms,” Tarugu wrote. “This period of transition has a cruel twist as it may coincide with the emergence of a mental illness.”
The first episodes of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder tend to appear in the late teens and early 20s, according to Tarugu.
All that stress packed into one person makes it hard for 20-somethings to handle life at times.
Sometimes we don’t even want to get out of bed because facing the world is too much. The grip of responsibilities and pressures to be successful is choking us.
As young adults in our 20s, we must realize that we don’t have to be what society dictates.
We also need to realize that things will get better. Eventually, our insecurities will just be a distant memory.