Life in our 20s: expectations vs. reality

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So no one told you life was gonna be this way…

When we were growing up, shows like Friends presented a glamorous picture of life in your twenties: living in a big city, owning a nice apartment, and having an exciting social life.

But for those us who are broke, unemployed, and living with our parents, this portrayal of our twenties has all the realism and accuracy of a fairy tale.

MSN Now has a funny slideshow of what life is really like in our twenties, versus what we thought it would be like (and not surprisingly, some of the examples in the latter category come from Friends):

15 ways pop culture lied about what to expect in college and your 20s (

I’ve already discussed in a previous post how having your life go differently than what you planned isn’t always bad, and how you can always think positively and make the best of tough circumstances.

But I didn’t mention how going through a rough patch makes you appreciate the people who stand by you, who support you through your darkest hours, and who don’t lose faith in you when you’ve lost faith in yourself.

It’s crucial to remember these people when you achieve success and to help them through their dark moments as they helped you. No one should have to struggle by themselves, as a certain theme song reminds us:

I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour. I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before. I’ll be there for you, ’cause you’re there for me too.

About David

I'm an aspiring writer and filmmaker in my twenties. I also run a blog where twenty-somethings share their stories and advice on beginning a career in this economy. Check it out at

Posted on April 25, 2013, in News & views and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I LOVE Friends! great post!

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