Life Realizations As A Mid-Age 20s Adult

This is a reminder that you matter, and we will keep going together! 

Mid-twenties and late twenties quarter life crisis | Photo taken by Jake Ingle, from Unsplash
Mid-twenties and late twenties quarter life crisis | Photo taken by Jake Ingle, from Unsplash

Ah, the mid age 20s or the middle age! It is a phase where you are not too young and not too old, an age where you can be in many struggles—as a single person, an early mom or dad, a breadwinner, or working professionals.

This age range marks a significant period of transition and self-discovery for many, fully grasping the responsibilities and challenges that come with adulthood and “adulting.” As one navigates through this stage, various life lessons become apparent and shape one’s perspective on life, relationships, and personal growth. 

This article delves on some quick realizations from a mid-20-something-year-old.

Age is indeed just a number

We acknowledge the importance of personal growth and self-development and focus on evolving ourselves now. This is when we understand that individual progress is not merely a product of age but a conscious effort to learn and grow in all aspects continuously.

We appreciate learning more and recognizing that investing in self-improvement, whether through education, pursuing hobbies, or engaging in new experiences, is crucial for personal fulfillment and long-term success.

Good health keeps you going

As young adults feel the weight of responsibilities, we all understand that our overall health and well-being should take precedence. We realize the significance of prioritizing self-care, such as maintaining a balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and managing stress levels are essential to keep us going day by day.

Mental health is also vital for us; luckily, this aspect is now addressed more openly. This awareness leads to a healthier lifestyle and a deeper appreciation for self-preservation.

Young people in social groups
Young people in social groups

It is also important to note that the quality of social interactions matters. Being with people can have a positive impact on mental health in various ways as human beings are inherently social creatures, and our relationships and interactions with others play a significant role in promoting emotional well-being.

A small circle of friends who we trust with our deepest thoughts and emotions can help us through difficult times, keep us from depression and even celebrate little triumphs with us.

For some, it is more of a dream than a paycheck

Some would not agree, but I have learned that chasing and pursuing our dreams at this age is more fulfilling. A high salary without fulfillment will take a toll and make you exhausted as time passes.

Transitioning to the other side, the working world, I started to comprehend the importance of finding work and building a career that aligns with my passions and values. Gone are the days of merely chasing a paycheck (but it is all good if you are satisfied with your job); I have discovered that seeking purpose in my professional life is vital for happiness and flourishing.

Gone are the days as children sheltered from the harsh realities of life. But rather than think of it as the end, I accept it as the beginning of something new and exciting.

You do you

Societal pressure and expectations from all fronts fade in significance during this phase. Young adults realize that trying to please everyone else can be exhausting and detrimental to personal growth.

Instead, we prioritize our goals and desires, learning that their happiness relies on self-fulfillment rather than external validation.

We see an opportunity, a challenge, and we do not let the moment pass us by. We seize it. And make something of it. We make mistakes, sure, but this is better than regret not taking the risks in later years.

Financial literacy is now a priority

Financial literacy becomes an actuality at this age. In fact, it makes more sense now more than ever. We understand the importance of managing money wisely, saving for the future, and investing intelligently. Fear of the unknown is from the past.

This new awareness helps make informed financial decisions and fosters long-term stability at a young age. 

We are always a work in progress

At this point, young adults at this age realize the value of embracing failure and learning from it. We now understand that setbacks and mistakes are inevitable, and rather than getting discouraged, rather than spend time wallowing over it, we perceive rejections and failures as stepping stones to success.

This resilience helps us grow personally and professionally and fosters a positive mindset.

Photo taken by Patrick Perkins, from Unsplash
Photo taken by Patrick Perkins, from Unsplash


Stepping into this age is like jumping on a cliff with a blindfold, but also having the parachute. This age is defined as a transformative and enlightening phase of life.

The various realizations discussed contribute to a deeper understanding of oneself and the world, helping us navigate the challenges of adulthood, fostering personal fulfillment, and paving the way for a purposeful and happy life—that is all up to us. 

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