There are the classic reasons we all know…friends, bar nights, cocktails, happy hours, parties, you’re not tied down, fewer expenses, traveling, meeting new people… But those aren’t the ones I want to focus on.
We’ve all heard people say enjoy college because it’s the best four years of your life. Then you reach your early twenties and you escape from the warm and fuzzy boundaries of your university and discover that being an adult is great and terrible all at the same time. In your mid-twenties you land your first job, become a boring working professional, your drunken late nights at the bar turn into dinner and drinks with friends and couples. Your weekend plans change from getting drunk to going to a wedding shower…Here’s why you should enjoy these years:
One: You can pull off a dress like this:
(Okay, maybe we can’t all pull off a dress like the model in the picture, but we’re young enough to try.)
Two: Because when something goes wrong, you fuck up, or you’re sad, your best friends are always there for you…with wine.
Three: Because every time you feel like you’ve fallen off the bandwagon, you’ve really just discovered another side of yourself. It may not be a side you like, but maybe it will teach you to be the kind of person you want to be.
Four: Because who you’re going to be is up to you: a writer, a comedian, a nerd, a foodie, a best friend, a shower-singer, a loner, an extrovert, a dancer, a beer expert, a wine connoisseur…the choice is yours.
Five: Because you learn how to turn your mistakes and regrets into funny anecdotes. Your failures expand your wisdom, and you realize that although you thought you knew everything, you really knew squat.
Six: Because although you find yourself needing more sleep like an elderly person, you enjoy it because you actually spent time decorating your bedroom and choosing your bedsheets.
Seven: Because every time you surprise yourself with the ability to compartmentalize and improve yourself, you feel mature, confident, and proud.
Eight: Because you get the opportunity to meet some pretty special people. Because you learn that when you find someone awesome, whether a friend or a romantic interest, you never let them go. And when they leave despite your efforts, you learn how to move on.
Nine: Because when you’re single and you cautiously open your Facebook knowing that you’re bound to see another friend engaged, and you feel a hint of sadness when you see the guy you dated is engaged to the girl he dated right after you, you learn to build a thick skin. That thick skin helps you weed out the bad experiences in search of the ones that will give you nothing but happiness.
And last but not least…
Ten: Although dating may suck, you find yourself gradually more able to turn rejection into a reason to keep persevering. In your twenties you learn that although the light at the end of the tunnel might seem far away, it can be pretty fucking euphoric to know it’s still there.
So why should we love our twenties?
Because each day we get to uncover just a sliver more of the unknown. We learn how to turn sadness into strength, turn tears into laughter…and turn water into whiskey. So enjoy the ride.