Expectation vs. RL: Turning 25
Expectation versus Real Life: 25th birthday edition. After your 21st birthday, we're told everything is downhill after that: "The next big one is 30!" We're told that 25 isn't said to be hugely celebrated; if anything, it's deemed our quarter-life-crisis. It's at this point in life we probably start re-examining our choices and realizing we're nowhere near our expectations. Awesome. Fear not! You're not alone. At least you have me...
Expectation: Account Manager at some fancy-pants, Fortune 500 dream company putting your hard-earned college degree to good use
Reality: Bottom-level employee at a relative's business, doing work that requires a free high school degree and not that college degree that sent you thousands of dollars into debt
Expectation: Enough money for rent, food, and going out once a week and of course, some left over for all the bridal shower and wedding gifts you need for friends
Reality: You've gone down to 1 and 1/2 meals a day and two showers a week
3. Significant Others
Expectation: You're in a long-term relationship with the person you see yourself with forever - omg yay, so cute!
Reality: You've started considering a monk-like life of solitude and writing about it for money - since you have zero of that to go with your zero soulmate prospects
4. A General Sense of Having Your Sh** Together
Expectation: Gracefully balancing work, a social life, and a healthy lifestyle #crushingit
Reality: Incapable of balancing your food on a paper plate
5. Being Healthy
Expectation: You go to the gym 5 times a week and managed to find a healthy diet that works for you,making you slimmer than you were in high school, so you can shame those haters from 10 years ago
Reality: You have to go up the stairs at work because the elevator is terrifying and always breaks, but you reward yourself with a Venti Starbucks every day
Expectation: You have multiple close friends and a huge group to hang out with on weekends, always staying busy and taking adorable Insta photos together
Reality: Everyone lives in a different state in a different time zone with different schedules, and you're alone every Friday night
7. Your Future
Expectation: Crystal clear, ducks lined up in a perfect row, and the world at your fingertips
Reality: It's the Grim - thanks, Prof Trelawney!