The Significance Of Turning 20
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The Significance Of Turning 20

Leaving The Teenage Years Behind

The Significance Of Turning 20

The 20th birthday is a big deal. It may not get the hype that turing 21 does, but it is an underrated, yet significant leap you get to make in life. It's the start of a whole new decade, and these next ten years often hold the most pivotal moments of our lives.

1) No Longer A Teenager And Taken More Seriously

For starters you are no longer a teenager, and therefore no longer falling victim to the stigmas and stereotypes that follow being a 'teen'. Somehow taking 'teen' off the end of your age symbolizes the beginnings of adulthood. Even if you were 19 the day before, you'll still reap the benefits the minute you hit the big 2-0. No longer will strangers assume you are angstful, unappreciative, or just plan unable. From this point on, you'll be taken more seriously.

2) But Still Young Enough To Not Know What You Are Doing- And For It To Be Okay.

Luckily, you're still young enough to ask for help learning life tasks, like changing a tire or learning too cook a fancy adult dinner that does not include all things boxed. At least for a few more years, you're not really expected to have the whole adult thing completely down.

3) New Decade, New Leaf

I like to think of entering a new decade as the ultimate new years resolution. It's an opportunity. The possibilities are endless.

4) Last Decade Of Being Undoubtably "Young".

Okay this ones kinda depressing...BUT maybe the point here is to just be mindful and live the 20's to their fullest. Take care of yourself, form meaningful relationships with others, and have some fun- you're not truly responsible for anyone but yourself yet.

5) In-Between Phase

Which morphs into adulthood for most people in their 20's. In between 10 and 30- 20 falls perfectly inbetween childhood and adulthood. You can still have fun and are likely still receiving an incredible amount of parental support...but at the same time you can drive, vote, live on your own, start your life, and pursue your chosen interests.

6) Setting The Stage For The Rest Of Your Life

The 20's is the time to 'set your stage'. Most people are getting their education and entering the career force. Often times the 20's are when your first professional job happens, some people also get married, and some are starting families- others use their 20's to travel the world, join the military, or volunteer. And for others still, the 20's are used completely for higher education.

It's no pressure, it's just that the major decisions you make in your 20's will effect the rest of your life's course. But keep calm! Cause you're 20!

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