The eight most confusing things you have to figure out in your 20s

March 15, 2017
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While your 20s are supposed to be the time you finally feel like a proper adult, it’s usually the opposite. Instead of having #adulting sorted, you find yourself in the fetal position every time someone mentions the adult responsibilities you should have down pat by now. Sound familiar? These are the things you’re probs avoiding rn (so you can watch Netflix in peace).

How the fuck do I do my taxes?

It’s no longer acceptable for your parents to do it. You may have moved out of home and convinced others you’ve nailed #adulting on your own, but it won’t stop you from calling up your mum or dad and asking what every single question on your tax form means.

To rent or live at home forevs?

For those of us who have this option, it’s a constant debate between the liberating convenient lifestyle of living out of home vs dealing with the overbearing rents and saving a shitload of money.

What do I want to do with my life?

You thought you’d have that totally sorted by the time you entered your 20s, but here you are – still totally directionless. Most of us probs have some idea of what we’d like to do, i.e. making a lot of money by doing the bare minimum. We just haven’t figured out what career will let us do that yet.

How the fuck does superannuation work?

We have no fucking clue how it works – all we know is that we have at least 20 different super accounts from the various shitty part-time jobs we’ve had over the years. Instead of doing the smart thing and consolidating them, we continue to get annoyed when we receive letters from the various super funds.

Why do I never learn my lesson after yet another terrible hangover?

As the hangovers get worse, the promises become all the more desperate. In your delirious hungover state, you moan “I’m serious this time! I’m giving up drinking for a year!” But of course, you’re back at it a week later.

Do I want to be with this person for the rest of my life?

That is, of course, if you’re in a relationship (or maybe you're just really hopeful about someone you have in mind). It’s a big one, and scary to consider when you still feel so young. On the other side of the coin, the single among us might be asking, “Why am I still single?” Or maybe you’re just enjoying it because fuck it, you’re in your 20s and you don’t have to find someone just yet.

What’s a budget?

Unfortunately there’s no hard and fast formula for managing your money – it’s different for everyone. You just have to find what works for you (which might take a few years of frivolous spending and racking up credit card debt).

What does it all mean?

Oooh, the biggie. Cue the twenty-something existential crisis.

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