What Your Early Twenties Will Be Like (2023)


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Yeah, I'm 25.

that's, a quarter of a century.

And I've been doing youtube full-time for a nickel of a century.

My life's practically over I'm at a point.

Now, where when people recognize me they'll say, omg james, I've been watching you since the 8th grade and I'll be like, omg your beard is bigger than mine.

So I've been thinking, you know, those going through puberty videos, your 8th grade.

Science teacher shows you for some reason, the ones that are like, hey, boys I'm.

The puberty, platypus and I'm here to tell you that your body is going through some wonderful changes you're gonna start growing hair in weird places and smelling bad, but that's just the wonders of life.

And then for the girl one it's, like, oh, ladies, you're, gonna you're gonna wanna sit down for this one.

Well, I think they need to make a puberty part, two video that they show to high school seniors and prepare them better for the quote, unquote, adult life they're about to face schools.

Just give you a piece of paper and a funny hat and send you off into the world expecting you to figure out your intricate and complicated life through what trial and error I want the puberty part 2 video that I'm planning on making to start like this.

The puberty platypus will come back on screen and will be like.

Well, kids you did it see puberty, wasn't so bad for some of you? Um, unfortunately, dear children is only the beginning and then he'll start talking about all the fun things.

You can expect in the following years like uh, instead of growing hair in new places for some of you.

Your hair is going to start thinning and falling out.

And if you're a guy worried about hair loss, then I've got good news.

This video is sponsored by bald.

People they're they're, paying me money to tell you to just shave it all shave.

It looking good rush.

You're also gonna be perpetually tired.

And before you start thinking, I'm, not going to be tired, I'm going to get eight hours of sleep every night first of all no you're, not and second of all that's, not going to help.

You will still be tired and there's, no escape.

Why do you think adults say, don't talk to me till I've had my coffee it's because every adult from the moment they wake up is dead tired.

And we need stimulants just to function you're also going to start getting excited about things.

You used to think were stupid like furniture, shopping sometimes you'll go on zillow and look at the most expensive houses and think, oh that's a nice kitchen backsplash.

And then wonder where your youth went another thing.

Ninety percent of the mail you get is worthless.

But the other ten percent of mail is very very important like if you ignore it, your water power and wi-fi get shut off important or you'll, get mail that's like, hey, you owe the government some money, and we know how much money you owe us, but we're not going to tell you stupid.

So you either have to figure that out yourself or pay another person some money so they can tell you how much money you owe the government hey there I don't want you to be scared of growing up there's still plenty of pros that come with being older and also you can't escape it you'll get to be independent and make your own decisions did your parents never let you get a tattoo well now you can but I want to put it somewhere that I can easily cover it up when I visit them for christmas that way it's not weird if I exclusively wear turtlenecks around them I just I just like them another pro you won't complain about the food you have at home because you'll only ever buy the food you like and can afford you're independent now you can eat cake for breakfast however if you do that your stomach will hurt and you won't be able to move for eight hours okay at first you'll be able to get by with bagel bites for dinner that's a standard college-grade meal but after a couple.

Of years of that.

Abuse your body will go.

Yo, do you think you could throw down some? I don't know fruit every once in a while, yeah, we gotta make like new cells for your developing brain.

And we've been making them solely out of bagel bites.

It is genuinely upsetting that I have to figure out what I have to eat three times a day.

There are some days where I'm hungry, but I'm, not craving anything.

And I know I have to eat, but I'm looking through my fridge, and I end up eating string, cheese and grapes for lunch on a bagel.

I wish I could just unhinge my jaw and eat a month's worth of food like a snake do snakes only eat once a month.

I don't know, I hate snakes.

Fifty percent of my driving destinations is to the grocery store.

And the other fifty percent is drive-throughs it's all food based, oh, actually, sometimes I do have to go to the gas station, wait that's, just food for my car.

I've been trying to eat out less.

So I bought boxed frozen orange chicken instead of going to panda express.

But then I realized I'm still eating out I'm just heating up the orange chicken in my own microwave.

Some of you might like cooking.

I don't, whenever I cook a meal, I purposely cook way more food than I need.

So I can get two meals out of only cooking one.

I would rather eat progressively staler pasta all week than have to cook every day.

But even if you like cooking, I know, one aspect of it, you don't like cleaning up the mess afterwards.

Why do you think the rule? I cooked it? You clean it exists.

And now that you're an adult you're about to learn, it never stops get used to doing the dishes and laundry.

Because as long as you eat and sweat, those are two chores.

You do until the grave.

Laundry is such a prevalent chore that I guarantee someone watching this video needs to put the wash into the dryer.

But instead they're watching youtube well, go on leave.

I don't know how I'm gonna handle folding dishes and cleaning laundry for the rest of my life, I'm only 25 and already burned out from it.

Hey, speaking of burnout, I want to talk about something I just learned recently called having a healthy work-life balance.

Some of you might have started working from home this last year.

Welcome to the club you now have no reason to go outside.

So take it from a guy who's been working from home for five years.

Go outside.

Anyway, there's definitely benefits to working from home like you get to work in your pajamas and um, but it can be tough to work and live under the same roof.

And I think a lot of young people have this mindset of being on the grind is a good thing, or at least a normal one while it is important to work hard to achieve your goals.

You need to be aware of burnout.

And as a content creator, who is his own boss, it's, very easy to fall into an unhealthy work ethic.

If you think your boss is annoying, try having a boss that lives inside your head and will not shut up about working.

It could be saturday and you're hanging out with your friends and your boss in the back of your head will say you could be working, there will always be work that needs to be done.

You will always feel anxious about not posting.

And since you technically live in the office, you could theoretically work well into the early hours of the morning every night or morning.

I don't know, I want to talk more about burnout and my youtube journey and how I'm managing it, but that will be for another time because I've been working on it, I'm, definitely getting better I'm more relaxed on the weekends and going to more social settings vaccinated, of course, it's taken me a while to learn the importance of a healthy work-life balance.

And that it's.

Okay to work on yourself I'm, not sure if you all related to that last part, maybe give it a couple of years.

But anyways, growing up is a part of life.

Adulthood is something that you all should be looking forward to you learn and experience.

So many things and that's, just your early 20s.

And before I go is there anything you want to add puberty, platypus.

Am I ever going to find something I'm truly passionate about.

I drift through every day doing what feels like nothing seeing all my high school friends, getting married and starting families doing things that they're happy and excited about.

It makes me feel even more isolated in my state of confusion and solitude who am I why don't, I know myself anymore.

What went wrong bite.

Thank you.

All for watching I've been working on this video for the past 25 years.

So it took a while, but it would have taken 25 more years if it wasn't for my amazing team who helped out with the production.

So thank you.

Everyone also I'm aware that halloween is tomorrow.

But if you wanted to get some christmas shopping done my card game cafe chaos is now available in target.

You don't even have to wait for it to ship or anything.

You can just put it in your cart and go.

And in other news, the wonderful domics is unable to participate in our wonderful tour, scribble showdown, which I know, isn't, wonderful, but we're, getting the wonderful emmerichu to fill his place wonderful.

It was very short, notice so I'm glad she was able to drop everything and leave home for a couple of weeks.

And I can't think of anyone better to sub in for dom that sounded never mind.

Anyways, I hope you all have a good early 20s, you get to start turning into adults.

So have fun, stay safe and wear your seatbelt.


What would be early 20s? ›

What age is the early 20s? Ages 20 to 24 are considered to be in their early twenties.

What I wish I knew when I was in my 20s? ›

#1 You can't change the past, but you can learn from it and make better choices going forward. #2 Life is what you make it, even if you don't have any money or great qualifications. #3 Being selfish is not wrong. #4 Self-love matters.

How do you feel fulfilled in your 20s? ›

Find out what you should start (and stop) doing in your 20s to lay the foundation for lifelong success.
  1. Start writing down your goals. ...
  2. Start letting go of your ego. ...
  3. Start reading a lot. ...
  4. Stop trying to live someone else's life. ...
  5. Stop feeling bad about the past. ...
  6. Start showing loved ones you care. ...
  7. Start taking care of your health.
May 8, 2019

Why 20s are the most important? ›

Facts and figures aside, your 20s are the time in your life when you learn how to be an adult. You'll get a job, make friends, pay bills, take care of yourself, have relationships, and generally gain an understanding of what those previous two decades were trying to teach you about life.

Why is early 20s hard? ›

Many people in their 20s are going through significant life changes and transitions, such as finishing school, starting a new job, moving to a new city, and navigating new relationships. These changes can be stressful and overwhelming, and they can trigger feelings of sadness, anxiety, and depression.

What do 25 year olds do for fun? ›

Don't miss out on a single thing!
  • Take a solo trip abroad. ...
  • Experience living alone. ...
  • Experiment with your career. ...
  • Keep a pet. ...
  • Watch movies alone. ...
  • Watch your favorite band perform live or virtually.
  • Make exercising a habit. ...
  • Learn to manage money.
May 22, 2023

What skills should I develop in my 20s? ›

20 life skills you should already have in your 20s
  • Cooking. ...
  • Simple Home Repairs. ...
  • Using A Calendar. ...
  • Changing A Tire. ...
  • Driving. ...
  • Saving. ...
  • Understanding How Investments Work. ...
  • Understanding How Taxes Work.
Mar 22, 2023

What 20 year olds should know? ›

20 Things Every 20-Year-Old Should Know
  • 1) 'Who your friends are' matters. This is the most important thing. ...
  • 2) You're never too young. I can't stress this enough. ...
  • 3) Find your edge. ...
  • 4) Have goals. ...
  • 5) Stay fit. ...
  • 6) Time & speed. ...
  • 7) Get enough sleep. ...
  • 8) You don't need anyone's approval.
Dec 13, 2017

How do I discover myself in my 20s? ›

Finding Your Way in Your 20s
  1. Identify What is Important to You. The older you get the more important it is to identify your values, the things that are truly important to you. ...
  2. Honor Your Mind and Body. ...
  3. Allow Room For Growth. ...
  4. Relationships. ...
  5. Nothing is Permanent. ...
  6. Rest and Play.
Dec 31, 2020

What happens to your mind in your 20s? ›

According to recent findings, the human brain does not reach full maturity until at least the mid-20s. (See J. Giedd in References.) The specific changes that follow young adulthood are not yet well studied, but it is known that they involve increased myelination and continued adding and pruning of neurons.

How do I find my purpose in my 20s? ›

So, keep on reading!
  1. Sit down, breathe & envision what your perfect life is like: ...
  2. Define your principles – what's really important? ...
  3. Get out there & do it: ...
  4. Embrace your failures and learn from mistakes: ...
  5. Accept change as a good thing: ...
  6. Always keep getting better: ...
  7. Create even more audacious goals:
Jun 30, 2020

What is personal development in your 20s? ›

Personal development is a pivotal theme for most people in their 20s. These are the years of forming your adult identity, finding your style of relating to others, and ultimately discovering what gives you meaning in your life, among other important goals.

What to expect in your 20s as a woman? ›

A woman's 20s are a transitional time, and that can bring emotional changes. You may experience social pressures, an overloaded schedule and increased stress levels along with subtle natural hormonal changes. These are normal feelings that will likely go away over time.

What age is the best time of your life? ›

Americans agree that mid-30s are best years of life - Study Finds.

Why the 20s is the best decade? ›

The 1920s represented an era of change and growth. The decade was one of learning and exploration. America had become a world power and was no longer considered just another former British colony. American culture, such as books, movies, and Broadway theater, was now being exported to the rest of the world.

What are your twenties called? ›

A person between 20 and 29 is called a vicenarian. A person between 30 and 39 is called a tricenarian. A person between 40 and 49 is called a quadragenarian. A person between 50 and 59 is called a quinquagenarian. A person between 60 and 69 is called a sexagenarian.

What age is life the hardest? ›

One's late twenties and early thirties, from an emotional perspective, are therefore the worst part of life. It's during these years that people experience the most negative thoughts and feelings and experience the most mind wandering, a psychological state that has been shown to be detrimental to well-being.

Why is mid 20s so lonely? ›

Yes, it is common to experience feelings of loneliness in your 20s. This can be due to various factors such as changes in life circumstances, differences in personal values and interests with friends or family, or difficulty in making new connections.

What decade of your life is the hardest? ›

New research confirms why it's officially the toughest decade.

Why turning 25 is a big deal? ›

When you turn 25, people are getting married, traveling the world, and having kids. Everyone's evolving and trekking on different paths. Your quarter-life is the ideal age to be content with your journey. You realize that life isn't a competition.

How should you be at 25? ›

25 Things You *Should* Be Doing At 25
  1. Get enough sleep. Starting off with a big one! ...
  2. Understand balance. ...
  3. Find contentedness in spending time alone. ...
  4. Keep your car clean(ish) ...
  5. Be able to cook yourself a proper meal. ...
  6. Become more self-aware. ...
  7. Negotiate. ...
  8. Communicate effectively.
Jan 21, 2019

How do I build my social life in my 20s? ›

How to Make Friends in Your 20s after College
  1. Enroll in a class.
  2. Join a local club.
  3. Attend local events and concerts.
  4. Talk to your coworkers.
  5. Put yourself out there on social media.
  6. Say “yes” more often.
  7. Volunteer for a cause you care for.
  8. Introduce yourself to familiar faces.
Feb 20, 2023

Is it good to be single in your 20s? ›

Staying single in one's 20s can offer several benefits such as the ability to focus on personal growth and self-discovery, financial stability, and the freedom to pursue individual goals and aspirations without being held back by a romantic relationship.

What are the milestones for 20 year olds? ›

Developmental Themes

During this stage of life, young adults further develop their critical thinking skills, form relationships based on shared values and belief systems, modify their risk taking behaviors and make decisions based on future consequences.

What should you do at 22? ›

Seven Habits You Must Begin by Age 22
  • Start Paying the Future You. ...
  • Know and Live Your Unshakable Values. ...
  • Build Your Professional Network. ...
  • Serve for the Benefit of Others. ...
  • Purpose to Be a Lifelong Learner. ...
  • Find Out What You're Really Good At, Then Do It. ...
  • Build Your Own Career Plan.
Jun 7, 2022

How do people change in their 20s? ›

People in their 20's often experience rapid and frequent changes. Increased responsibilities; moving to and from college or out of your parents home; significant personal relationships grow or dissipate; financial stress becomes more tangible; and planning for the future tends to take place of spontaneity.

How can I act more mature in my 20s? ›

10 Ways To Become More Mature & Responsible
  1. Set goals. If you don't know what you're aiming for, how do you plan to get there? ...
  2. Practice self-control. ...
  3. Stay persistent. ...
  4. Respect other people's opinion. ...
  5. Build self-confidence. ...
  6. Take ownership. ...
  7. Listen more. ...
  8. Avoid negativity.
Aug 14, 2018

How do I build self esteem in my 20s? ›

6 Ways to Build Confidence in Your 20s
  1. Keep a gratitude journal. ...
  2. Take care of your body. ...
  3. Recite daily affirmations. ...
  4. Know and use your strengths. ...
  5. Try something new. ...
  6. Celebrate your success.
Apr 26, 2022

Does your body change in 20s? ›

While there are positive changes, such as reaching maximum bone mass and muscle strength, many women also gain weight during their 20s. Weight gain can happen due to a number of reasons. Hormonal changes can lead to fat being stored in different areas of your body, and you might notice this in your hips or other areas.

Are your 20s the most stressful? ›

So much so, that new research has found that it actually is the most stressful period of our lives. This means the new study throws the idea of a 'mid-life crisis' out the window. Instead, it suggests those aged 20-30 actually experience the highest levels of stress.

What do people in their 20s worry about? ›

Top worries for those in their twenties today:

Financial security. The health/mortality of my loved ones. My own health. Getting on the property ladder.

What age do most people find their purpose? ›

When the scores were plotted by age, 60 was when participants were most likely to say their life had purpose and meaning. The feeling that life has meaning tends to become stronger as we grow older, reaching a peak around age 60, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Are your 20s the most important years? ›

Yes, and no! First, I said no because none of the decades in you life is more important than others. Each year has new roles, new learnings and a new phase. But yes, 20s is definitely a very important phase, since it is kind of your formative decade, it lays foundation of your adult life to a great extent.

How do I know my purpose in life? ›

How to find purpose in life: 12 tips
  1. Develop a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset is linked to having a sense of purpose. ...
  2. Create a personal vision statement. ...
  3. Give back. ...
  4. Practice gratitude. ...
  5. Turn your pain into purpose. ...
  6. Explore your passions. ...
  7. Be part of a community. ...
  8. Spend time with people who inspire you.

What develops fully at 25? ›

The development and maturation of the prefrontal cortex occurs primarily during adolescence and is fully accomplished at the age of 25 years.

What every woman in her 20s needs? ›

11 Things Every Woman in Her 20s Should Own
  • A Trusty Interview Outfit. No matter what your field may be, you need to have one go-to interview outfit. ...
  • A Timepiece. ...
  • A Badass Leather Jacket. ...
  • A Party Shoe. ...
  • A Favorite Mascara. ...
  • An Investment Bag. ...
  • Tried-and-True Skinny Jeans. ...
  • A Cool iPhone Case.
Jun 7, 2022

When was the early 20s? ›

The 1920s (pronounced "nineteen-twenties" often shortened to the "'20s" or the "Twenties") was a decade that began on January 1, 1920, and ended on December 31, 1929.

What is the age group for 20s? ›

The age range of Twenties or 20s comprises of total ten years which starts from 20 and ends on 29 (i.e 20 ,21 ,22 ,23 ,24 ,25 ,26 ,27 ,28 and 29) so the age range of Twenties is 20 to 29 , similarly for Thirties or 30s it is 30 to 39.

What year is early twenties? ›

Here's the literal break-up into 3 sections… Early 20's: 20–23 years and 4 months. Mid 20's: 23 years and 4 months-26 years and 8 months. Late 20's: 26 years and 8 months until you turn 30..

Is early 20s a kid? ›

legally you are full on adult at 18 after you turn 18 you are legally adult and have a lot of adult privileges but in fact you are a kid until around 25 or 26 because late adolescence start from 18 till this age when the brain kinda stop developing so in your 20s you are still a kid until you hit your 30 when you all ...

What are the 20s known for? ›

The 1920s was the first decade to have a nickname: “Roaring 20s" or "Jazz Age." It was a decade of prosperity and dissipation, and of jazz bands, bootleggers, raccoon coats, bathtub gin, flappers, flagpole sitters, bootleggers, and marathon dancers.

What does it mean to be in your 20s? ›

A person's twenties are the period in which they are aged between 20 and 29: I'd guess she's in her twenties.

At what age is youth over? ›

Who Are the Youth? There is no universally agreed international definition of the youth age group. For statistical purposes, however, the United Nations—without prejudice to any other definitions made by Member States—defines 'youth' as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years.

Is 23 early or mid 20s? ›

23 is considered to be early in the 20s.

Are your 20s your prime years? ›

1. Most Americans agree that “A woman is considered to be in her prime in her 20s and 30s and maybe 40s.” However, differences exist by gender and age. Men (72%) are more likely than women (62%) to say they agree that women are in their prime from their 20s to their 40s.

What does it mean when someone says she is in her early twenties? ›

aged between 20 and 29. She is in her twenties.

Is 21 still a kid? ›

In U.S. Immigration Law, a child refers to anyone who is under the age of 21. Some English definitions of the word child include the fetus (sometimes termed the unborn). In many cultures, a child is considered an adult after undergoing a rite of passage, which may or may not correspond to the time of puberty.

Are you a kid at 25? ›

Adolescence (generally defined as puberty through age 18) Young adulthood (generally defined as 18 to 22 or 18 to 25) Later adulthood (generally defined as mid-20s and older)

Is age 20 still a teenager? ›

By 20 years old, a young person is usually considered an adult: their body size is fully grown, they can vote, get married, and many have already entered the workplace. But the evidence suggests that, by many important measures, adolescence continues until around the age of 24 to 25.

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