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Take a Breath and Relax… 20’s Panic Does Not Have to Apply to You

by Maryann Pisano on May 27, 2013

If you were born in the late 80’s, you grew up in the land of happy.  In the pre- 9/11 days, we lived in a great economy and the “feel good” era of the 90’s.  We played with Beanie Babies, read Harry Potter, danced to *N Sync and watched Boy Meets World on TGIF.  Now we’re faced with tremendous amounts of pressure being in our 20’s, especially today.  With a crashing economy, it’s harder to get started in our careers.  It has become more difficult to purchase a home or rent an apartment.  We are under employed.  Is this how it’s supposed


to be?

There has been a growing number of 20 somethings who are experiencing 20’s panic.  They don’t feel like they are where they want to be in life and social media does not help the situation.

My fabulous 30 something cousin gave me some pretty good tips to live by in your 20’s… even in this day and age.

1.  Don’t Compare Yourself To Others!

The biggest tip of advice my cousin gave me was to not to compare myself to others.  There will always be someone more well off than you, or less well off than you.  “If you compare yourself to others and compete with others, you will never be happy.”  By comparing yourself to others, you are never worrying about yourself and yourself alone, therefore never satisfied.

2.  All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

Sure, it may look like someone is living the life that you wanted– but are they really?  With social media, it’s easy for people to post pictures of that awesome vacation in Italy or an internship in New York.  Their life may look perfect, but it may be the complete opposite.  Like a photo album, social media only portrays the happy moments.

3.  Facebook Bragging

Some people take number 2 to a whole new level.  They constantly tweet and update Facebook about what they’re doing.  They check in at the swankiest bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, airports, blah, blah, blah…  They want to show everyone that they are having fun.  It can also be annoying when people constantly post statuses about their jobs, which comes across as bragging.  My cousin brought up an excellent point… by bragging, are they really convinced that their life is great?


It may seem like some people have everything figured out, but they don’t!  Even people in their 30’s and 40’s don’t have it figured out.  To be honest, every 20 something is running around like a chicken with its head cut off.  No one has it together.  But, everything in the end always works out the way it should be.

5.  Work at Your Own Pace

Some people get married when they’re 22– others when they’re 32.  Some people get their dream job at 27– others when they’re 38.  It depends on when you’re ready.  Going back to number 1, stop comparing.  Everything will happen when it’s supposed to happen.

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