To All My Fellow 20 Somethings

Take a moment and look around your social media feed. Just pick one. If you’re like me and are super impatient, Instagram is the best option. You can creep on people in half the time. So, what do you notice? If you’re like me, I see people I graduated high school and college with either married and starting a family, still in school finishing undergrad or continuing their education, or inebriated Thursday through Saturday. Hey, I’m not here to judge but I’m here to point out that being in your 20’s is weird. Everyone is in a different place and it can look like you’re either behind where you should be in life or you rushed to get where you are now. Any way you want to look at it, those outlooks don’t have to be viewed in a negative aspect. For one, maybe you’re the type of person who enjoys the ride you’re on and aren’t in a hurry to start a future dream, whether that dream involves a family or particular job or place you want to live. On the other hand, you might be the type of person who felt ready, like it was your time. You were in the right place to begin your dream, whatever that looks like. Long story short, it’s important to remember everyone is not on the same timeline.

For example, have you ever looked at Morgan Freeman’s career? The man and the voice didn’t start his career until he was 52 years old. Yes, 52 years old. Google it people. Freeman is now 79 years old. Sorry Morgan, I couldn’t put young there. You’re past the point of that darlin’. On the polar opposite side, you can look at Christopher Walken. This man started his acting career when he was 10 years old and has been relevant ever since. If you just googled who Morgan Freeman or Christopher Walken is, please make your way to the small ‘x’ at the top of the screen and go take a lap. You need a moment. If you’re not interested in celebrities, look up successful business men and women who made it big or when the presidents came into office and notice the age difference. The point I’m trying to make to y’all and to myself is that you’re fine. You, my friend, are not behind or rushing through life. Your timeline is not the same as the person you just scrolled past in your feed. I’m still trying to grasp this because it’s easy to compare yourself and your life to the other people you friend or follow or occasionally creep on. If you feel stuck, do something. If you feel rushed, take a second to breathe and slow down. Have a night to yourself and don’t think about all of the stresses in your life. Better yet, give them to God. He’s certainly big enough to handle your problems. Life has a funny way of working out so if you think it’s not working out fast enough or things are happening too fast, take a chill pill, sit on the couch and veg out because you’re going to be ok. Things will happen when they happen at just the right time.


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