This is a ‘does what in says on the tin’ type blog post. It’s a list of ten things (most) girls love that get better in your twenties. Not everyone’s list will be the same, this is just mine and my mates really..
When you’re younger you don’t appreciate the healing powers of a bubble bath. You’d rather get home from school or college, shower (if you bother at all, let’s face it) as quickly as possible so you can go out with your mates. Hit your twenties and you’ll start day dreaming about that bubble bath you’re going to have as soon as you step in the front door.
Young people who ‘live for the weekend’ are in the wrong job (or no job at all, cheers Tories!). The weekend makes up less than a third of the week, when you reach your twenties (and have a quarter life crisis) you realise that if you’re constantly looking forward to the weekend then you’re missing out on a lot of living. My advice, go out on a school night, don’t stop until you find a job you love, make everyday count.
Reading is an escape. It has the power to change your emotions. This blog is all about navigating what can be a really confusing and uncomfortable time in your life, your twenties. One of the best ways to take yourself away from the pressures of figuring your entire future out is to live in someone else’s world, just for a little while. Reading is educational. It has the power to change your perspective. This blog is all about navigating what can be a really confusing and uncomfortable time in your life, your twenties. One of the best ways to figure out your twenties is to figure out what you like (and what you don’t like) and the rawest way to do that is to know a little bit about everything.
Sex when you’re a teenager is usually pretty fucking awkward. But, as with most things, the more experienced you get, the more you discover what you like and dislike and by the time you hit your twenties you’ll (hopefully) have taken control of your sex life. ITS. THE. BEST. FEELING.
Periods (okay, so most girls don’t love this one)
This one’s a bit shit because most girls don’t usually love this at any point in their lives, at all, ever. But, on the whole, periods do get easier with age. When I was in school I’d have at least two days off a month because of fucking period cramps or heavy bleeding, the older I get the more I understand what I need to get myself through the week. Except PMS, I can still be an absolute, psycho bitch (but maybe that’s just me).
Exercise (or this one)
I love exercise. Those are three words I never thought I’d see form a sentence but its true, I do. When you’re younger the only exercise you do (unless you’re well sporty) is the exercise you’re forced to do in PE lessons twice a week. It’s shit. You worry about what your trainers look like to other people, you worry about sweating and then having to spend the next five hours sitting in your own sweat studying Pythagoras theorem and you worry about what your tits look like when you’re running after that rounders ball you failed to catch. When you hit your twenties though, exercise becomes optional, it becomes an excuse to listen to your favourite bands for an hour, it becomes the only way of justifying that pizza you’re going to eat later on.
ALL. THE. PAMPER. The moment you realise that going out every chance you get isn’t the be all and end all, that it’s okay to not make plans, say no to plans, cancel plans, is the moment your life becomes 100% more enjoyable. The pressures of being a social butterfly, especially in your twenties, are huge. Yes you should socialise, you should go to parties, you should go to gigs, you should go down the pub but you should spend time with yourself. Sunday showers are my thing. A long, hot shower with expensive shampoo, shave your legs, exfoliate and moisturise, paint your nails and read trashy blogs (looking at myself here) in your sports bra.
If you’re reading this you’re probably already in your twenties, you know what I’m about to say about wine. We love it because it’s versatile. You can drink it with/without food, during the afternoon/evening (maybe, sometimes..), with friends or with yourself, by the bottle or by the glass. Pick a favourite wine + always have favourite wine in your house = navigating your twenties.
Yes I know that I just said nights in get better in your twenties but so do nights out. They become rarer, you don’t get smashed every weekend but when you do they’re the best nights out of your life. Getting ready to go out with my friends, dancing on the stage of a club to all the 90s music, stumbling to a kebab shop and waking up hungover, in bed with my bestfriends in the whole world.
Speaking of friends, the hands down most important thing that gets better in your twenties is your friendships. You make new ones at uni who become your biggest influence, you keep those after uni. You make new ones in your work life, they are sometimes the only reason you get through the day. But the most important friendships are the ten year long ones, the ones that’ve helped you navigate life since you were thirteen, the ones that will help you navigate your twenties through everything. Through divorce, exams, weddings, breakups, interviews, death and pregnancies those ten year long friendships are the loves of my life and that’s how I’ll navigate my twenties.