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23 Reasons Nobody Likes Turning 23

What's my age again?

1. Turning 23 means you're at the bottom of the "twenty-something" totem pole.

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21 is basically the B-side of our teenage years, and 22 is just a mess. 23 is when it really starts.

2. You're expected to have your shit together but have none of the resources required to get your shit together.


Leverage my professional network? What the hell is that?

3. You're confronted with a million options regarding what to do with your life but none of them look particularly appealing.

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Get JOb? TrAVEL? nO MonEy???

4. If you're still on your parents' insurance you have two more years to get sick before you're pretty much toast.

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Better schedule all your pneumonia for the next 730 days.

5. For the first time, being in your twenties really sinks in and it's terrifying.

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Remember all that college stuff you were looking forward to? IT'S DONE. NEVER AGAIN.

6. Being 23 means you're officially older than so many of today's pop stars.

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What is that, a poodle?

7. And you're so far from being a teen that you stop speaking their language.

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I don't understand your youth words, please speak slowly.

8. Seriously if you ever meet a teen and tell them you're 23 they act like you're the oldest person on the planet.

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I'm not really that I? AM I?

9. There's nothing really "new" to look forward to on your 23rd birthday.

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10. Besides hearing everyone you know sing that song.

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And that's about the time she walked away from me....

11. Which, to be honest, is probably the root of all of your anxiety re: turning 23.

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12. Actually you know what, that Jim Carrey movie was also pretty weird.

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Can we all stop stigmatizing 23 please? I have a whole year of it coming up.

13. You're self-conscious about being one of the youngest members of the workforce.

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Pictured: you and your supervisor.

14. But are still constantly surprised to find out how old your peers at work are.

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You're HOW old and we're just chilling like I'm supposed to be here?

15. 23 is also the age where most people meet their spouse.

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Seriously, the statistics are terrifying.

16. So you really have to start making some decisions about dating down.

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Three years isn't really a big deal in college but do you really want to date a 20 year old? Really?

17. Because let's get real, you don't want to get roped into hanging out on campus with your S.O.

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Those days are now behind you.

18. But dating older people also makes you feel like a poser.

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You're 30-something and you own your own business. Cool. I have the high score on Fruit Ninja.

19. If you're 23 and in grad school life is hard enough for you without even going into the whole age thing.

20. Because whether you have a job or don't, are in school or aren't— the one big thing about being 23 is that you have more responsibility than you've ever had before.

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21. So you feel like now's the time to stop acting like a kid...

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(Protip: you can act however you want, it's your life)

22. ...while essentially being the baby version of a real adult.

23. So for those about to turn 23, we salute you! It's the freshman year of adulthood.

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