Remember when you were a teenager, and you imagined adulthood would be pretty much Sex and the City but with a less stressful love life? You saw your adult self meeting girlfriends for cocktails and Sunday brunches, living in a fabulous apartment and regularly adding designer pieces to your jam-packed wardrobe. In reality, every Sunday can’t be spent scoffing eggs Benedict with your gals when there’s housework to be done, and Manolos can’t be purchased weekly unless you’re earning some serious cash. But it’s not all bad!
Here are the five milestones every twenty-something reaches in the wonderful mess that is adulthood.
So maybe last Sunday you tidied the house, did the laundry, and bought groceries. As you unpacked the bags (noting the absence of instant Mie Goreng), you suddenly remembered how you used to spend your Sundays in bed, curing a hangover with McDelivery hash browns and Netflix. True, that sounds more relaxing than responsibilities, but now by Sunday evening you’re feeling accomplished and productive instead of greasy and bloated. Plus, no hangover!
Discovering the mop
Housework is super boring, but at some stage you have to accept that if you don’t do it, it won’t happen, and no one wants to live in a dirty home. Break out the oven cleaner and you may even discover the therapeutic effect having a clean, shiny living space can have!
Nourishing your body
Gone are the days of curing a hangover with a Gatorade or having instant mac and cheese for dinner three nights in a row. Nowadays you appreciate how hard your body works to keep you strong and healthy, and reward it with nutritious meals that give you energy. Of course, you have the occasional treat, but it doesn’t turn into a week-long pig out.
Finally getting your "look"
Your twenties are when you begin to really know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to what you wear on your face and body. You’ll find that perfect shade of foundation that disappears into your skin tone and makes you glow. You’ll ditch the clothing styles and silhouettes that just aren’t you, and you’ll perfect your signature look or piece: a red lip, a face-framing haircut or a skirt-and-sneakers ensemble for those days when you want to feel like a boss.
Urgh, we know, that sounds boring! But there comes a time as you progress into adulthood when you’ll find yourself putting the cute skirt back because a) you have one just like it already and b) you want some money left over after your rent is paid. Once you make smart decisions about where your money goes, you’ll find you love and appreciate the treats you buy yourself all the more because they’re less frequent, and therefore more special!
Hanna Sloan is studying a Creative and Professional Writing degree at QUT. She grew up wanting to be either a writer or a professional dancer, or both. Nothing has changed. She is passionate about performance, fashion, and social progress, and is a confirmed #NastyWoman. Hanna is the proud curator of a shoe collection surpassing sixty pairs, and always thought Andie Anderson in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' was crazy for not wanting to write about shoes for a living. In her spare time Hanna can be found devouring a book or magazine, watching 'Friends' or asking her parents for Snapchats of the family’s two beagles.