Recently, I’ve had multiple conversations with friends about this awkward twenty something stage. It’s the, “not in college anymore, but not married either.” Nobody warns you for how awkward you’ll feel, how out of place you may be at times and how much struggle there is for you to keep figuring this whole life thing out. No one tells you that after those moments fade, you’ll be so happy because it’s all new and on the brink of things you know to be big, so you fall in love with these moments and then you’re back to, “What am I even doing here!?” It’s like the ultimate paradox season of life.
People just don’t talk about this stage of life much because, I’ll be real, it kind of sucks. You’re totally okay though. You’re living and experiencing and growing and loving, but that doesn’t mean that this awkward in between doesn’t feel completely miserable sometimes. No one tells you that, on some days, you’ll feel like a 16 year old trapped in a 23 year old’s body. No one gives you a manual on how to make two part-time jobs work to follow your dream. No one teaches you how to maintain relationships on weekly phone calls and hour long coffee catch ups when adult life hits and those busy seasons kick in. No one warns you that one day you’ll feel like being independent forever and the next you’ll be eating ice cream as yet another friend gets engaged.
So here’s to all of you twenty somethings that feel like you have no idea what’s going on some days and feel like you’re living the dream the next. We’re in this together and we’re going to talk about how miserably awesome life is. While I may grit my teeth and shed a few tears when the miserable hits, I can also find joy in the awesome because at the end of the day, Jesus is still good. He’s smiling down at all of His awkward twenty something children whispering that we’re all going to make it.
It’s that time of year again!
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you, they are full of the Spirit and life.