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  • Writer's pictureJaden Austin

The Growing Pains of Elevating Yourself

Updated: Jun 19, 2022

Experiencing life in your 20's is like a race against time. It's similar to a scene out of The Fast and the Furious. As the cast is trying to race against the clock and defeat whatever big bad person they have to face. Only in this case, the big bad is age. Constantly, we fight a mental war within ourselves by managing our dreams and expectation of life and ageism. The 10 years we experience in our 20's is like a race to do as much as you can as fast as you can before you hit the horrible and big bad 30.

(SN: Even though this is about lifestyle expectations, I am still a fashion blogger and you know I bring the looks! So, shop my look, and don't forget to watch my YouTube video as I show some "fits" that are perfect for springtime at the office!)


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The Growing Pains of Elevating Yourself


It's like we give ourselves this timeline of "I want to be in my entry-level job by 22, house owned by 25, engaged in 28, have a baby by 30". Let's admit it, we all do it. But, why do we put these unnecessary and often unrealistic exceptions when success or life-altering events should occur? Is it society applying these pressures, family expectations, or a friendly competition with friends to see who has the nice, white picket fence first? Why is it that as a culture, we feel as though we have to have our whole life together by the age of 30? And don't get it twisted, when I say "we", I am also including myself.

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I'm currently residing in the phase of settling into a career and seeking financial freedom. For me, what came after graduating college has been the hardest part of my life thus far. Honestly, I am truly just blessed to be here. There was a moment where I did not know if I would be. I recently accepted a job that has all of the benefits, but has no personal reward. I always get the job done. However, I am not mentally satisfied or happy with the work that I am doing. I moved passed the hard part of finding a job that paid a sufficient amount and internal growth possibilities, but I am still working on finding what I am truly passionate about.

At times, we may get so caught up in the mindset of "making it" that we loose sight of which way is up and which way is down. I have a chance to go to back to school to get my masters for free. Like literally, FREE! However, I am not even sure where to start. Should I lean toward the degree that I am for sure going to have careers and financially stability? How will I know what path will lead me to fill complete about the work/effort that I am putting forth? Or should I scrabble in search for another degree that I won't be 100%, whole heartedly into? Because at the end of the day, I am not even sure what I want to do. (ie: my life, my career, everything!) And the large voiced opinions of family and friends don't contribute much help either.

Being 22, I wanting to have have some grasp as to what I want to do with my life. As an inspiring blogger and a Youtuber, I love this! Although, how realistic is it to go after a dream that very few achieve, but millions want? Where is the line? Where do you separate the fantasy from the reality? Do we need to realize that we have to women/man up and decide that we need to focus on the more realistic option and let go of naïve dreams?

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