A week ago I turned 24 years old. Yes, on November 24th, 1993, a legend was born.
I didn’t plan to do too much this year and wanted to play it low key. The most important thing that I wanted to happen was a photo shoot to celebrate myself. This is my last year being in my early 20’s and I’ve done a lot of reminiscing about how my 20’s have been thus far. These years can be labeled as just trying to figure out life or trying to “adult”. There have been plenty of ups and downs Honestly, most of the time it feels like downs, but I think other people my age can relate to that. Luckily, they say things get better as time goes on (so they say).
Now there is a small group of people in their early 20’s who, by some miracle, seem to have everything together and are living their best lives . They have great jobs in great cities, live on their own, and are in solid relationships. Meanwhile, the rest of us are running and bumping into walls while trying to figure out the correct way to “adult”. And that’s okay too because that’s the majority of us.
These are the top 4 things I’ve come to realize in my early 20’s:
- Early 20’s is all about finding your first real job, which seems nearly impossible even if you have a degree. The frustration of knowing you spent thousands of dollars on a piece of paper that still hasn’t gotten you a job is so relatable. You never have enough experience and no one wants to give you an opportunity to gain experience. It’s a never ending cycle that is hard to break. Or maybe you found a job but it has nothing to do with your major and you hate it. Either way, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Even if the tunnel is super long and dark and you still can’t see the light even after you put on your glasses, just believe it’s there.
- Exercise is key. You don’t have to be a gym fiend or try to be “swole” but taking care of ourself in our youth is important. We are in our prime! Our metabolisms working at their best right now and we should take advantage of it. This will also make it much easier on our bodies as we age. The other day I was dancing in the mirror as I usually do when I try on an outfit. I dropped it down low and my right knee told me it was a mistake. I hadn’t been to the gym in almost two weeks and that was all the motivation I needed to get back to it. I promised myself that at 50 years old, I want to be able to drop it low and bring it back up with no problem.
- You have some friends that might be in very solid and happy relationships while the only emotional connection you have is with the characters from your favorite Netflix show. And I support that. Most guys act the same around this age anyway so there is a good chance that future Bae is still out there playing the field right now. Don’t rush him. He’ll come when he’s ready. Just do you and have fun.
Back to fashion…
Below are some pictures from my birthday shoot and I’m really happy with how they turned out.
I wore a long oversized jean jacket with a belt around the waist in order to give it some shape and paired it with black stockings, ankle boots, and red lipstick. My second outfit was a simple black bodycon dress with stockings, my favorite fur vest, and slip-on sneakers. Choosing to rock stockings for both of these outfits was an idea that I felt gave my outfits a more fall-ish look. I do not wear stockings often, if at all. It’s a style I don’t incorporate into my wardrobe enough.