9 Crappy Realities of Being In Your Mid-Twenties

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast year I turned 25 years old, which seems really ridiculous considering my 18th feels like it was about two weeks ago. While most of the time I don’t feel (or act) like I’m beyond my teenage years, there are some things that are a constant reminder of the fact that I am in fact now a bona fide adult. Or in my mid-twenties, which is kind of, almost the same thing. Here is some of the crap I now have to deal with…

  1. Still getting spots but also having to worry about wrinkles. Wasn’t there meant to be a few years of just good skin in between these hells?
  2. Not knowing who every single celebrity is anymore or how they became famous. What exactly is a Shawn Mendez?
  3. Having to learn how to say a sincere ‘congratulations!’ when someone my age tells me they’re pregnant, when inside I’m still thinking ‘Oh my god, how are you going to tell your mum?!’
  4. Not being sure if I can still pull off younger fashion. Do these trainers look cool, or do I look like a mum helping out on a school trip?
  5. Realising my favourite songs are now about ten years old. Why won’t this club play Smack That or Tipsy?
  6. Not being the youngest at work anymore. I used to be the young, free and single one at work; now I work with a 21 year old who makes me feel about 40 when he’s out getting drunk both nights of the weekend and I’m at home watching Ninja Warrior (and enjoying it).
  7. The knowledge that there are now LOADS of celebrities who are younger and more successful than me. And not just Disney starlets anymore, but real actual adults like Sam Smith and Cara Delevingne.
  8. Being really good at small talk. I now come out with things my younger self would never have said, like “The sky looks ready to snow” and “Easter’s early this year, isn’t it?”
  9. Not being able to handle hangovers anymore. I used to go to Sixth Form and uni with 3 hours sleep and vodka seeping out of my pores; now I still feel weird 3 days later. It almost makes drinking not worth it anymore. Almost. 

25 Responses

  1. Hannah January 23, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    This post made me chuckle so much. I agreed with all these things and totally related to everything haha. I’m turning 27 this year and the fact that it was 10 years ago since I was at school rather then the 3 it feels like continues to scare me.

    Great post

    Hannah xxx

    • Claire January 24, 2016 / 9:50 am

      Oh god I KNOW, I still feel like Sixth Form was about 2 years ago (when it was actually 7, eek)! xx

  2. Georgina January 23, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Haha love this they are all so true! Love the ‘mum on a school trip’ I’ve definitely wondered if that was me a few times! I also still think I’m the youngest at work when I’m actually now in the more mature half! I also now know more people who are engaged/married than are single! x

    Georgina | Rent or Chanel?

    • Claire January 24, 2016 / 9:52 am

      YES us singletons are a bit of a dying breed now! And a couple of years ago people were like ‘you’re young, you shouldn’t settle down!’ whereas now the ‘have you considered online dating..?’ comments are starting to seep in haha xx

  3. hannah January 23, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    No.7 is the one that gets me! How can these 21 year olds have their life together already and I’m sat here eating maltesers in my onesie.


    • Claire January 24, 2016 / 9:52 am

      That sounds to me like you definitely have your life together 😉 Haha thanks for reading! xx

    • Claire January 24, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Seriously, nobody warned us about this! xx

  4. Ela January 23, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Ah, tell me about it! I’ve turned 30 just a few weeks ago, and I still get spots but also worry about the wrinkles, how annoying it is!


    • Claire January 24, 2016 / 10:07 am

      Firstly you don’t look 30 at ALL, but I’m glad you can relate! Just doesn’t seem right, does it…

  5. Jenn January 24, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I’m turning 26 this year, I know the pain. I like being 25 and all but everyone is getting married now!
    I’m not sure I want to grow up!

    Jenn | jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

    • Claire January 28, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      I KNOW, it’s like it’s being forced on us xx

    • Claire January 28, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Haha the crappy realties of being 21 too it seems! xx

  6. Pam January 25, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    Firstly, happy belated birthday. I turned 24 10 days ago and I can definitely relate to some of these! My friends are all popping out babies and I have yet to get married :p
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Claire January 28, 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Haha I have a lot of settled friends too! And then there’s just me 😉 xx

  7. Kelsey&Kenecha January 25, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Great post! I totally understand about the feeling like your 18th was only two weeks ago. I feel like each year after that goes by faster and faster!

    • Claire January 28, 2016 / 9:18 pm

      Urgh that is so true! They whizz by now xx

  8. Nat January 26, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    I’m not technically in my late twenties, and a part of me doesn’t care anymore. I guess I’m just facing the reality that I’m not getting any younger. I’m so boring. 😛

    I don’t go on nights out anymore, I hardly drink in my own home now. I’m looking for homes to buy, planning on when I want to start a family.

    I am just getting old and I feel like a bloody Sim character whose life aspiration is to have a family and die surrounded by their children, as well as the grim reaper. xD


    • Claire January 28, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Oh my god that Sims reference is everything haha! xx

  9. LadyPlanner_x January 29, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    I sooooooo sympathise with this! I’m rocking towards my 26th birthday this year at an ungodly pace, and seem to be in this wierd limbo where I feel like a child but everyone sees me as an adult… I don’t know how to adult, halp.

    One for me would be…
    10. Wondering why 14 year olds look 21 these days and how thee hellllllll they can afford MAC!? What happened to the cheap make up of my youth (hello bodycare technics, the shame ).

    Love the blog !!!


    • Claire February 3, 2016 / 11:25 am

      Oh god you are so right – its the fact people expect me to be an adult that’s the worst thing now! And YES why aren’t they going through the awkward teenage phase at ALL?! XX

    • Claire February 3, 2016 / 11:27 am

      Hahaa it’ll happen before I know it, I’m sure! xx

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