10 Things that Happen in Your Late 20s

Since turning 26 and officially entering my “late twenties” in November, I’ve noticed subtly changes happening with myself and the people around me.

  1. Getting together with friends has started to consist of work out classes, cooking and catching up on TV instead of happy hours that last until midnight.
  2. You’re expected to know about politics and what’s happening in the world.
  3. Hangovers last forever! My hangover the day after my 26th birthday was the longest hangover I’ve ever had. It’s not uncommon for me to still feel a bit queezy on a Monday morning after a party-filled Saturday night.
  4. Starting to pay more attention to wrinkle creams because each day is a day closer to 30 and – you know – it’s never too early to start a skin-care regiment…
  5. My metabolism has gotten slow! Anyone else remember eating a whole bag of chips and a pint of ice cream for dinner in college? Now I’m lucky if I can eat a quarter of each without feeling guilt in the form of gut rot.
  6. There’s a different type of peer pressure plaguing your life. In college you had to be the life of the party and then – BAM – all of a sudden you’re supposed to be getting married, having children and buying houses.
  7. Crushes on teenage boy bands start to sound…eh…a little strange. My love for One Direction didn’t seem as weird in my early twenties, but all of a sudden now I’m a creeper.
  8. It’s considered a crazy, wild night if I’m still at the bar when the lights come on at 2am. Just a year ago, staying out until 2am was the norm.
  9. Your group of friends gets smaller and smaller because people are getting busy with husbands, kids and just being tired from life.
  10. And finally: people are getting pregnant on purpose.

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Things You Should Be Too Old For In Your Mid 20s

Even though this list is true, it sure as hell doesn’t stop us from committing these mid-20s sins. Someday we will grow up. Or at least I keep telling myself that…

Things you should be too old for in your mid-20s:

1. College parties. Going back to campus for Spring Jam, Homecoming and random frat parties is no longer okay.
2. Eating foods like smiley fries, Spaghettios and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets.
3. Taking pictures with bottles of booze. Or pictures of you and your friends taking shots.
4. Wearing clothes you’ve had since high school.
5. Pulling an all-nighter during the week for any reason.
6. Wasted Wednesdays.
7. Having a weird obsession with teeny bopper celebs like Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and the entire cast of Pretty Little Liars.
8. Crying at the bar.
9. Going to work hungover or – even worse – still drunk from a casual weekday happy hour.
10. Having mom schedule your doctor/dentist/eye appointments.
11. Day drinking just because you have no other weekend plans (it is ok to day drink for sporting events, holidays or beach days).
12. Wearing temporary tattoos on a casual basis.
13. Drinking boxed wine or wine coolers. Let’s be honest, I know both 15 and 50-year-olds who drink these.
14. Visiting the dentist once every three years.
15. Puking on the side of the road on the way home from the bar at midnight, and losing your phone in the phone in the process.
16. Smoking because it looks cool.
17. Drunk dials.
18. Leaving the house with wet hair.
19. Plastic and/or mismatched dishes, glassware, flatware, etc.
20. Dying your hair an unnatural color (i.e. hot pink).
21. Blackouts. Seriously, you should be able to control your drinking by now…

25

25

By: Me. A 25-year-old.

It feels like a perfect night to dress up in sweatpants
Drink too much wine and send stupid texts, ah ah, ah ah.
It feels like a perfect night for a Taco Bell at midnight
Go to the bar and annoy strangers, ah ah, ah ah.

Yeah,
We’re drunk, broke, tired and wired at the same time
It’s hilarious and a little pathetic, oh, yeah
Tonight’s the night when we forget, well, everything…
It’s time.

Uh oh!
I don’t know about you
But I’m feeling 25
Everything will be alright
But I don’t know if I’ll survive
You don’t know about me
But I’ll tell you even if you don’t want to
Everything will be alright
If we just keep dancing like we’re
25
25

It seems like one of those nights,
This place is too crowded.
Too many young kids, ah ah, ah ah
It seems like one of those nights,
We ditch the whole scene and end up drinking
Too much before midnight.

Yeah,
We’re drunk, broke, tired and wired at the same time
It’s hilarious and a little pathetic, oh, yeah
Tonight’s the night when we forget about our age
It’s time

Uh oh!
I don’t know about you
But I’m feeling 25
Everything will be alright
But I don’t know if I’ll survive
You don’t know about me
But I’ll bet you want to
Everything will be alright (alright)
If we just keep dancing like we’re
25
25
I don’t know about you
25
25

It feels like one of those nights,
We ditch the whole scene.
It feels like one of those nights,
We will be sleeping.
It feels like one of those nights,
You look like bad news,
Tequila, I gotta have you,
Jager or Vodka, too.

Oh oh yeah hey!
I don’t know about you
But I’m feeling 25
Everything will be alright
But I don’t know if I’ll survive
You don’t know about me
But I’ll tell you even if you don’t want to
Everything will be alright
If we just keep dancing like we’re
25
25
25, yeah, yeah
25, yeah, yeah, yeah