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23 Things That Accurately Depict The Difference Between Your Early 20s And Late 20s

Wow, I had so much energy back then.

1. In your early 20s, every night is a good night to go out.


"It's Wednesday" is an excellent reason to drink.

2. In your late 20s, your idea of a good night is when you actually get to stay home.


Honestly, I love nothing more than coming home on a Friday night, drinking wine and ordering Uber Eats.

3. Your taste in drinks? They go from this...

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Ahh, Fruity Lexia: The taste of my youth.

4. this.

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And yes, my body can FEEL the difference since switching to organic.

5. When you're 21, your morning after looks like this.

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At one stage of my life, I was popping these three times a week.

6. But when you're 28, every morning looks like this.

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Getting enough fibre has suddenly become one of my most important daily goals.

7. Your diet in your early 20s looks something like this...

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Once upon a time, I ate like a truck and my metabolism had my back.

8. ...and going out to eat is something like this.

9. By your late 20s, you go to fancier places like this...

10. ...but your everyday diet is nowhere near as exciting.

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Because now I get sugar hangovers if I eat ice cream and it's very sad.

11. When you're 21, your Saturday mornings are reserved for sleep ins.

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Mostly because you get home at, like, 4 a.m.

12. But by 28, you look forward to getting up at 8 a.m. to make the farmer's market.


There's no better way to greet the day than wearing some flannel, drinking coffee in a keep cup and wandering through rows of vegetables.

13. When it comes to skincare, you can get away with only using a cleanser in your early 20s and still look like a radiant angel.

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I never appreciated that stage and I wish I did.

14. But within five years, you need a multi-step process and heavy-duty eye cream to look half alive.

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Also, colleagues asking you if you're sick if you don't wear makeup during the day is the WORST.

15. When you're younger, you care SO MUCH about what people think of you.


Your self confidence probably isn't where it needs to be.

16. But the older you get, the more you realise that what you think about yourself is way more important than what anyone else thinks of you.

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Plus, you run out of fucks to give, which really helps.

17. In your early 20s, you are friends with, like, a million different people.


There are your school friends, your uni friends, your sport friends...

18. While in your late 20s, your close friends are smaller in quantity, but higher in quality.


Only the strongest in mind and soul remain by your side, and for that, you are truly grateful.

19. At 21, you've got all the time in the world to have fun and pursue your passions.

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Plus, four months of uni holidays.

20. But in your late 20s, while you finally have some coin to back up those dreams, you have so little free time.

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Or even enough time to see your loved ones.

21. Plus, you are literally tired ALL THE TIME.

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Weekends are now for recovery, not activities.

22. And while you might look back at your early 20s and realise that you've made a few mistakes...


And they make you feel awkward every time you think about them.

23. know that they made you who you are today, so you wouldn't change a thing.


I have come so far in this journey of life and I can't wait to see where the next 10 years takes me. ❤️❤️❤️


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