Can we talk about being a young adult?

No really. Can we talk about being a 20 -something year old person outside of careers and dating/marriage/kids? As a 25 year old woman, I sometimes wonder why I hear so little discussion about the other things that affect my life.  I hear so much about kids and marriage (or at least dating and heading towards serious relationships) but what about those other pieces in our lives? What about spirituality, learning more about ourselves, defining what success means for us, learning what makes us feel vulnerable and what simply makes us happy? Heck, what about discussing how to take the time to develop as a person?

I tell my mom pretty often that I feel short changed. Why? Because as we grew up, adults would talk about relationships (mainly about sex) but very, very. very little about other things that encompass an adult life. While there are some things we simply learn by doing, it would be nice to discuss some of the big things we might experience during our young adult years. It would be nice to know that some of the uncertainty we may feel is normal and learn ways to cope and work through it . Our parents (and other adults) can’t tell us everything that we may face, just having something to go on, just some discussion, about the experiences of the adult life would be great.

 

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