Things you realise by the time you are in your late 20s:
Your hair on one side will always be longer than the other, even if by quarter of an inch, it is irrelevant how awesome the salon is.
Love is important no matter what your take on relationships.
Multiple dating isn’t as thrilling/fun anymore.
You don’t have as many friends as you thought you did when in college and school.
The ones who remain, however, are not going anywhere. Ironically, this is the time you stop using phrases like ‘friendz foreva.’
Your joints will start aching. Yes, it starts that early. Junk-food will not be that easily digestible (or at least not that desirable).
You will either fall asleep way too early or struggle to sleep all night.
Yoga is magic.
You choose juices over Coca-Cola when possible and try to reduce your sugar and bread intake , even if unsuccessfully. Your health and skin aren’t going to take care of themselves.
Bad boys are a thing of the past. You see them for what they are: charming assholes.
Maybe you won’t want marriage and children just yet but you realise the importance of having a partner who understands you and supports you.
You become more comfortable with your body.
You know that you can’t change the world. Anger gives way to resignation. Maybe you will still keep trying in small little ways even now but you realise you aren’t going to witness the next classless revolution.
Family is important, whether it is the one you were born with or the alternate ones you create.
At the same time, aloneness isn’t so bad.
Birthdays are not so important anymore. Birthday parties even more so.
You will finally be able to say NO when you disagree.
You will hate your job everyday or, if you are lucky, on some days. It doesn’t get better. Run if you really hate it before it is too late to reboot. Or else just remember, pay checks are the goal.
Important lesson you will learn:
Medical insurance is important and so is travel insurance.
Hope for the best but also know not everything will happen for you. Love without being afraid. Have all the sex that you can. Travel more than you can.
Don’t worry too much. It is not midlife yet 😉