I have been 25 for 155 days. So, between being 24 and 25 I have obviously become something of a wise old owl and am definitely in a place where I can give advice to impressionable, insecure women who are younger than me and wondering if they’re doing the whole ‘life’ thing right. And of course, because I’m 25 I can also impart wisdom gained from only my own experiences and give it as blanket advice to women regardless of their circumstances.
- These lists are bullshit.
You’re not a bad person because you read these lists; everybody reads them. They’re called clickbait for a reason and we all would like to know what we have in store/if we’re doing things ‘right’ but when it comes to it, there’s no right way of living and everybody’s circumstances are different.
- You’re never too old to fucking travel
Man, this one annoys me. Rich people telling poor people that they should just ‘drop everything’ and travel. If you can’t afford to travel, that’s fine. You can save and one day travel, if you want to. You are not even 25- stop worrying about this! The whole world will be out there in 10, 20 years so you keep doing you and stop worrying about travelling. Hell, if you don’t want to travel that’s also fine! I feel like this isn’t said enough but you are under no obligation to want to travel. I realise there are people in their 40’s who say they wish they’d travelled more but there are also those who say they wish they’d spent more time with their families.
- No beauty product has the power to stop your ‘ageing process’
There is no age when you need to start thinking about looking younger or reversing your ageing process. The beauty industry has a hell of a lot to answer for but one of the most pressing questions for me is where the fuck do you get off making women feel insecure about their AGE?! Whenever I imagine using these overpriced, garbage products I imagine my face eventually looking like this. You don’t need to find your ideal product, you need to get away from the idea that your age is something to be ashamed of.
- 30 isn’t scary
I refuse to believe it. Only 30 years into life and it’s done? ‘Over the hill’? Do me a favour. Your twenties are the residual hangover from your teen years, they’re tough as fuck and if you’re unhappy THAT’S OK. You don’t need to make the most of every waking moment, you need to look after yourself and your mental health. These might not be the best years of your life! In fact, I hope they’re not because it’s a little soon to be saying the golden days are over. 30 really is just an age and all the things you’re ‘supposed’ to do in your twenties can be done in your thirties. Don’t believe the hype, it’s a boring, poorly-reasoned ideal that turning 30 is all doom and gloom.
- There is no pre-destined age to know what you want to do with your life
By 25, you might be in your dream career and hey, you might not have a fucking clue. Both are fine. These lists telling you that you should have taken the steps to discover your true calling are written by people who are lucky enough to have ~*~ discovered their dreams~*~. We’re in a terrible financial climate, still, and jobs aren’t everything. As hard as it may be, try to focus on other things in your life because it’ll come in time. Or it won’t. Either way, you’ll be okay. My nan didn’t have big career dreams but she did have a huge life full of love and adventure- everybody’s path is different.
- Happy people aren’t necessarily smug people
Every time I read these lists, there’s a hell of a lot of snark towards people who got married or had children young and like to talk about their partners and kids often. These people aren’t bad people for being happy. They’re not necessarily smug people and making fun of them isn’t getting you anywhere. I know there’s a certain comfort in knowing everybody has their hard times and every couple goes through rough patches but it’s also fairly cynical to use their lives to feel better about your own. I read a really great article about this that really changed my mind on the happy vs smug mentality. You can read it here.
So there you have it! I don’t believe in these lists and I make a point to not follow them. I genuinely worry about how much they influence people or make them paranoid as whenever I’ve read them, I’ve worried I’m not enough. Not successful enough, not travelling enough, etc. When really, there’s no determined way for us to live and nobody ought to feel like they’re not enough by the standards of some writer that has had an entirely different life experience.
Don’t take this too seriously, it was absolutely tongue in cheek but really, anti-ageing products can fuck off.