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23 Things You'll Only Understand If You're 23

You're now closer to 30 than 16.

1. When you're 21 you're an adult in the eyes of the law all over the world.

You can do whatever you want now, and you don't even have to ask your mum first.

2. And when you're 22 you probably starting doing adult things like leaving university and getting a kind of job.


But you still didn't feel like an adult.

3. But when you're 23 you start to feel like you're an adult.

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But only a bit, mostly you still feel like you're pretending.

4. Suddenly staying in sounds way more appealing.


You can drink and eat at home so why would you ever need to leave your house?

5. You start to the appreciate the little things you took for granted before, like leaving work on time.


6. Nights out have to actually be good for you to want to go.


Compared to when you'd accept any invitation to get drunk with your friends.

7. You think you might have just about got the gist of this being a grown-up thing.


8. But then you'll have to do some kind of complicated piece of admin, like council tax, and the illusion that you're in any way capable will crumble around you.

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It's not that you won't be able to do it, you just won't be able to do it without crying.

9. Your early twenties can feel like a second awkward teenage phase.

10. You're not sure what kind of adult you're gonna be yet.

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11. Basically you don't know if you're gonna be able to get your shit together, or if you're always gonna feel like you're just muddling through.

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12. Teenagers seem like a different species to you now.


13. But you have a lot in common with 30-year-olds.

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14. The word career sends fear into your heart.

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You've just come round to the idea of having a job, but a career! No, no, no, that's way too grown-up.

15. Mortgages are definitely still in the category of "things other people do".

16. More and more baby pictures are starting to invade your Facebook.

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And these are babies people have planned for.

17. You can't really imagine having a baby yourself yet, but you think you could manage a pet.

18. Joking about marriage isn't so funny anymore, as some people are doing it for real.

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"OMG you two are so cute, when's the wedding? LOL!"

"We're thinking next spring."

"..." 😳

19. Half the time you feel really old.

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Like when a shop assistant calls you "Ma'am" or "Sir".

20. And half the time you feel really young.

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Like when someone thinks that LOL stands for "lots of love".

21. That big quarter of a century milestone is just around the corner.


22. And you are closer to 30 than you are to 16.


You can remember 16. That doesn't seem that long ago.

23. But it's important to remember that you are definitely still young.

With a whole lot of time to get your shit together.