Your Twenties: Expectations Vs Reality

Remember those final days of your late teenage years, where you excitedly anticipated your coming twenties like a child anticipates Disney Land? And like Disney Land, you envisioned your twenties to be full of roller coaster rides, pretty dresses and people vomiting (from all the awesome parties you’re going to attend, obviously). Except, like Disney Land, your twenties rarely turns out just like you had planned.

So here it is: Your Twenties- Expectations vs Reality

Expectation:

You’re going to join your close circle of friends every day for grown up lattes/wine and engage in witty repartee (preferably in an uber-pretentious East Village style cafe)

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Reality:

Erm, you know those job things? Yeah, you’ll actually have to get one. Which means there’ll be no day time mocha-sessions and by night, you’ll look like this:

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(Except that you’re a human, duh)

Expectation:

You’re going to live in a swanky apartment with your best friends/gay roommate and engage in all sort of misadventures. There may even be a laugh track to accompany your every move.

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Reality:

Erm, you know that little thing called “rent”? Well, turns out it’s expensive. This is more likely where you’ll wind up:

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Expectation:

By your mid to late twenties, you’re going to be the CEO of your very own business. Doing what? Doesn’t matter! CEO B**CHES!!

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Reality:

Calm down there, Branson. This isn’t The Apprentice. Sure, you might be the CEO…of the stamp licking department.

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Expectation:

You’re going to go travelling and meet so many interesting people…

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and they’ll make a film called ‘The Beach’ based on your adventures
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Reality:

Traveling costs money. Which you don’t have. Cause you’re poor. Sorry.

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Expectation:

You’ll finally be a grown-up; independent of your parents and ready to take on the world all by yourself.

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Reality:

To your parents, you will always be a kid. Especially when you call them to tell them there’s a spider in your bath.

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Expectation:

You won’t make any mistakes in your twenties because you’ll be so mature.
Possibly you

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Reality:

…but more than likely, you’ll still be doing this:

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Expectation:

You’ll get married.

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Reality:
…you didn’t let me finish: TO YOUR HOARD OF CATS

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33 thoughts on “Your Twenties: Expectations Vs Reality

  1. Sean Smithson says:

    Funnily enough, I read an article just last night about how stupid Friends was when compared to reality… I wonder if you read the same piece? What you’ve said here is completely true by the way. Unfortunately.

    By the way, I like the new look site.

  2. janeybgood says:

    ZooBoo, I have no way to get in touch with you but since you just liked this post, I know you’re out there at least🙂
    This comment might be as futile as sending a message in a bottle but I noticed you deleted your blog and felt sad. I really enjoyed it. If you’re reading this, I hope you’re ok.

  3. SKANLYN says:

    It would interesting to see the so-called Millenials’ take on this. I imagine it would read something to the effect of “EXPECTATION: I’ll get whatever I want whenever I want it and in the quantity in which I want it. REALITY: The Man expects me to work for what I want so I’m just not going to work, opting instead to sit on the couch doing bong hits, cutting myself while listening to Cure records, and complaining about how much my life sucks cuz everything I ever wanted wasn’t handed to me the day I stepped out of school.” Or maybe that sort of thing is exclusive to the youth of America.

    • janeybgood says:

      I’m pretty sure that applies to a lot of the youth of today, but I’d like to think not all.
      It is fair to say that there are plenty of self-entitled brats out there but I can see a lot of hardworking and humble people too, especially since the recession hit. I suppose it just depends where you are and with whom you socialise.
      There’s also the fact that my grandparents thought my dad’s generation was lazy, he thinks mine is and I think the next one is ha!

      • PurplesShade says:

        You know, I’m so glad you noticed that, because there’s a funny fact which ties in to what you’ve said.
        Apparently thinking the next generation are lazy bums has actually has been the opinion of pretty much every generation in history.
        I kid you not, this happened in the days of ancient Greece. We have records of it.
        Wearing loose togas was ‘ruining society’, and oh those young upincomings, like that new ceaser Julius (for whom we have the calendar month July), were absolutely hooligans with no respect for their elders, who knew nothing, and did nothing.

        Yeeeeahhh, that.😄 haha

        It’s part of what happens when there’s any difference in the culture, most people want to live stuck in what they know, they’ve adjusted to it, and the result, is that every human generation for as long as we have documentation thought the next generation was selfish and had too high of expectations.
        Because culture is dynamic there will always be those older people who are going to be left behind, because culture is made according to the people influencing it, and it’s fluid in that there’s always different people doing that. So if you are no longer have the influence you once did, you might become bitter too.

        Oh, and it is a little different these days, because of longer lives, older people are having more influence on culture than ever, which is why we see a mixture of progessive change, and what looks like backtracking. People want to go back to what they know, even if what they know isn’t great.

      • janeybgood says:

        What an interesting response🙂 I didn’t know that about the Greeks and Romans, you learn something new everyday.

        You’re completely right. I always thought I’d remain completely open minded about things (I suppose I consider myself very socially liberal) but I’ve become this authoritarian teacher, whom I would have despised as a teen haha. You get older, wiser and more responsible. You mature and you distance yourself from younger generations in many ways. You remain comfortable with what is familiar to you and nostalgic about your own ‘best’ years.
        I think this quote from Grandpa Simpson sums it up nicely:
        “I used to be with it, but then they changed what *it* was. Now what I’m with isn’t *it*, and what’s *it* seems weird and scary to me. It’ll happen to you…”

      • PurplesShade says:

        Oh! Your a teacher? That’s awesome! Do you have a specific subject you specialize in?😀
        I often liked my teachers in school, but maybe because I’m a little weird. I mostly hated the kids in school.

        Ah Simpsons; I love that quote. The Simpsons has been surprisingly good at cultural commentary and comedy, I think the mixture of self-awareness with completely frivolity is what has kept the series alive.😄

        You know, there are ways to keep yourself a lot more limber in your mindset too.
        Of course you’ll never manage everything, but exposing yourself to new ideas frequently, and actively (meaning that you’re not just passively reading it while disentangling yourself from how the concepts could touch on your life), considering their merits rather than merely their difference.
        And sometimes they won’t have any merits, and that’s okay too. Not every idea is a good idea, but every idea is a chance to learn something.
        Even if that something is how little merit a strain of thinking has, and how convoluted and self-reprising human ideas can get when put in an echo chamber. (*cough*AmericanRepublicansOnWealth*cough*)

        I’m also very socially liberal, I think that fact bleeds through a lot of the things I write. Heh

      • janeybgood says:

        I sure am. I took today off cause I’m sick. My main subjects are English and history, but I’ve taught bits of politics, geography, childcare, communications… It’s a tad crazy. I started working as a resource teacher in September, so I mostly work with students who have dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism.

        Haha, I LOVE that point. I often repeat that to my boyfriend. He’s very academic and he’ll often feel guilty for reading something “trashy” or watching something non-educational and I have to say to him “RELAX!” It’s ok if some of your thoughts aren’t exactly life-altering.
        I try to illicit independent thought from all my students, no matter how invaluable they think theirs is.

        Ireland is a fairly liberal country on the whole, which is nice, but like everywhere there are still aspects of our society that haven’t progresses past the 1950s, but we’re getting there.

  4. Trent Lewin says:

    Okay, well, now I’m hopelessly depressed… but I do have to say… just wait until you’re 40!

    To me, expectations are always good things. You have to have something to strive for. Missing the mark isn’t bad, it’s just life. But not having a mark is pretty much the same thing as giving up, in my opinion.

  5. reocochran says:

    Great job of using humor in the reality of our expectations not always coming true, or at least as we thought they would! I love the photos to create the funny situations, too! Take it easy and hope you do have a few of your expectations come ‘true!’

    • janeybgood says:

      I think the important thing is that we don’t put too much pressure on ourselves and set too many standards to reach. Goals and ambitions are important, but so is a sense of enjoyment.
      I would be happy by the end of my twenties to be a bit more secure in my career and I think that’s doable but other than that I don’t mind! Thanks for the lovely comment!🙂

  6. SuperFreakMe says:

    I tried to re-blog, but having trouble finding my blog.. lmbo! This is what I would say if I reblogged: This is awesomeness! A MUST read.. looking back, oh so funny. Although, I must say, my Twenty Three – Twenty Five or Sixish were THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE! Of course I’m paying for it through the almighty Student Loan Craziness, but yes, it was worth every single penny. GREAT READ THIS IS and WTG JANEYBGOOD!

    • janeybgood says:

      Thank you so much! I tried to find your blog so that I could follow you but it’s not linked to your name? I would love to have a read🙂
      Thanks for commenting!

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