To Everyone Approaching 20, Are You Ready to Buckle Down?
Start writing a post
Life Stages

To Everyone Approaching 20, Are You Ready to Buckle Down?

Turning 20 years old is a confusing time, do you stay young and wild or start acting like an adult?

To Everyone Approaching 20, Are You Ready to Buckle Down?

From experience, I have learned that 19 going on 20 years old is whack. I have friends who are engaged, pregnant, living alone; and then friends who get blackout drunk every night and sleep it up with randoms. Then I have my parents breathing down my neck saying that I need to straighten up my act and at least try to be a responsible adult. So which way to turn?

You aren't 21 yet, so live it up.

Part of me just isn't ready to let go of my wild teenage years, even if I am almost 20. The way I see it, I have until I am 21 to still be crazy and act young and reckless. Once I hit 21, I'll probably still use the excuse that I am still young, but by then I think I will at least try to maintain a good head on my shoulders and have good reasoning when it comes to being "irresponsible." But until then, I definitely still want to enjoy these young carefree years.

Do what you think is right for you, don't be influenced by others around you.

There's no rush to growing up or staying young, which is made clear by your peers. Take a look at yourself and compare it to other people your age, everyone is kind of all over the place. Life moves each of us at a different pace, so why not just go with the flow? Who cares if people around you are starting to settle down, start a family, and who cares if they are so far from that that you don't think they will ever straighten their life out. When it comes down to it, only you can decide how to act.

Parents want the best for us, so of course they are going to tell us to "grow up."

Despite the fact that 20 is still pretty young, our parents have been there, and they might argue that 20-21 is a stretch of "wilding out." From their experiences too, they may warn us that if we don't buckle down, we will be sorry in the long run. The thing is, they could be right, but we won't know until we experience that for ourselves, so again, you have to decide. And even if you do mess up, you're barely 20, you can fix it! If you choose to let yourself run free and not be tied down to adulthood, your parents will love you regardless and they will still be there if you fall!

Take the midway route, find the happy medium.

Not sure if you want to act like a teenager or an adult yet — why not both, am I right? You can still be a little party animal and get funky at times while still maintaining that "adult life." This is probably the best and easiest route yet. You continue to have responsibilities, but once you get everything you need finished, you can go out with your friends and get silly. The best of both worlds!

Turning 20 is weird, lots of directions to choose from, paths to take. But fear not, it really isn't that overwhelming, and really, all you need to do is sit back, think about it and go from there. No matter what you decide, there's no right or wrong choice. And that's the beauty of it!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments