The twenty year old girl had very different views to the *nearly* twenty seven year old woman that I am today.
Being thirty was like, well old. I had to have done so many things by the time I was at an age where people tended to have houses, grand jobs, kids and marriages to boot.
Of course I do not think the same. It’s the 21st Century. People leave the whole family idea for the later years of life… Having a career also takes plenty of time. Houses? Ain’t nobody got time for that! AND thirty is so not old. If anything, that’s where it all starts!
Here are the top changes in thoughts of my early 20’s to my later 20’s.
- Early 20’s. “One more drink!”
There is always time for shots and another pint. The night is young and so are you.
Late 20’s. “Better shoot. Got an early start.”
Don’t get me wrong, I still like a boozy eve; but if I know I got sh*t to do the next day, my body will not function as well on a hangover as it used to. Welcome to loserville.
- Early 20’s. “Who cares? Put it on my credit card!”
Money isn’t that much of a worry. Coming out of uni (and probably still in complete debt) it’s still not in your head to plan how the cash departs your account.
Late 20’s. “Crap. My credit card bill is due… Better leave it for next week.”
Realising you have spent too much money one week, the bill is due and there is still time before the next pay day… Pure horror. Time to do sweet eff all until then. *cry*
- Early 20’s. “I’ll have a large fries please.”
It’s all about YOLO living. I want it and I’ll get it!
Late 20’s. “Better stick with a small, I put on 3lbs last week.”
As time takes it toll… A woman’s metabolism slows down. Lovely. Having to be more thoughtful of what enters my mouth has always been my idea of fun. Sigh…
- Early 20’s. “I can manage 5 hours kip before work.”
I used to always have as little sleep as I could if it meant fun was about. Functioning like a king on very little shut eye was a quality I had. I knew I would catch up at some other time…
Late 20’s. “I need at least 8. If not, a nap will do.”
Literally. How did I even manage it? I get ill if I go so many nights without my precious kip. Why, oh why!
- Early 20’s. “Woah, banging tune!!”
Always at raves/gigs… Knowing all the words and dance moves to the song that is known by billions of other people too. But you are the hero of the dance floor. Woo!
Late 20’s. “This chart music is crap? Is this what people Listen to nowadays?”
Listening to a song and thinking that it is damn awful. How do people enjoy this racket? Hello granny!
- Early 20’s. “Late nights, guys and drinking is my thing.”
They were great times. Always a party, always friends to see and stuff to do. A new lover every few months and talk with the girls is thick and fast; juicy gossip and bitching is the thing right now.
Late 20’s. “Long walks in the park and independent films at the cinema. Win!”
It takes time to appreciate the little things in life. I LOVE going out for long walks, taking in the scenery and having a lot of ‘me time’. Using your free time to do quality things like watching great films, going to the theatre and having time for that one person who you think is a little special.
- Early 20’s. “Sorry mum, don’t have time.”
You think your parents are boring. Who wants to hang with them when your friend has an awesome event you could totally go to!
Late 20’s. “I’d love to, mum.”
There is nothing that I like doing more than spending time with my family. I have always been real close to them but the older I get, the more I appreciate it. They are the coolest parents I know. Not that I am biast or anything…
- Early 20’s. “I have soooooo many friends!”
You have your drinking pals, your talk-to-for-serious-chats pals, your work pals etc etc… You trust everyone and anyone. Even the girl you had a drunken convo with in the bogs is your new bezza.
Late 20’s. “I can count my true friends on one hand.”
The older I get, the false friendships fizzle away and the people that count stand strong in your heart and they have your time.
Getting older is not about becoming a bore though, it is just another section of your journey. Still keep it real homies!
NicolaOctober 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm
Wow, these are so true. Looking back, I couldn’t believe how much I’d changed in the ten years between being twenty and thirty. Even between 25 and 30. It’s quite scary.
WillOctober 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm
As someone who was in my late 20s when you were in your early 20s, it is gratifying to see you thought of me as ‘well, old’ 😉
All of what you write here is true, congratulations on the 5 half marathons and the full one. I reserve the right to think you are mad but if you are on the Manchester 10k I am running that one (although I will probably be some way behind) x
fittobewholeDecember 3, 2015 at 2:11 pm
These are so so so TRUE! Love it! Made me laugh!
EmaJoyCDecember 3, 2015 at 2:35 pm
I am glad you enjoyed my piece! I hope you read some more of my pieces. ☺️