“Your twenties are when you learn to become an adult.” – Drew Hoolhurst
With only one month left until my 26th birthday, I’m finally starting to feel like an adult for the first time in my life. For some people, it starts at the age of 18 after graduating from high school and becoming “of legal age.” For others, it starts at the age of 22 after they’ve graduated from college and start their first full-time job right away. For me, it’s now: I graduated from college last December at the age of 25; three months later, I “left the nest” and moved to South Korea to start my first Big Kid Job as a full-time English teacher at an elementary school; instead of living paycheck to paycheck like I did when I was working my way through school, I’m making more than enough to live comfortably and put away money in my savings; I have my very own apartment and I’m even paying for internet here, rather than wifi-mooching at coffee shops like I did back home.
Along with an adult lifestyle, I’m starting to develop an adult mentality. There was a long time when I told myself I didn’t want to get married or have kids, but lately, I’ve been thinking otherwise. I’ve realized that getting married and having kids is something I do want to do in life, so my goal for the next year is to put away enough money to hopefully get married, buy a house, and have children someday.
And finally, I’m starting to–dun dun DUUUUUN–act old. I never understood why my friends with full-time jobs were always too tired to go out with me on a Friday night when I was in college. And if they did go out with me, I never understood why they would “call it a night” at 11pm. But now I know. Working 40 hours a week is tiring, especially when you work with kids for 40 hours a week. Since I started my job a month ago, I’ve had to make myself go out on Friday and Saturday nights and make myself stay out until past 12am, when I’d much rather be in bed rejuvenating from a tiring work week. And don’t even get me started on my struggles when it comes to going out on a weeknight.
Okay, so there was that one time I went to a bar on a school night and had one too many tequila shots. And there was the time I ate top ramen for breakfast because I had put off grocery shopping for so long, I had absolutely nothing else in my apartment to eat. However, like the aforementioned quote reads, your twenties are for learning how to be an adult; your thirties are for being an adult. I may be in my mid-twenties with a full-time job, Big Girl Internet, and money in the bank. But I’ve still got a few things to learn before I turn 30, like how to cook well, how to change a tire, and how to refrain from taking one too many tequila shots on a school night.