Nights in Your Mid-20s vs Nights in Your Early-20s

When I was a teenager, I thought it was cool and hip to be out late. Occasionally, I’d hang out with friends until 11:00 p.m. And, then, once I hit my early twenties, 11:00 p.m. turned into 2:00 a.m. I’d go clubbing and drinking with my best friend and we’d stay out until it closed. I was able to dance nearly the whole night without getting tired. But, mind you, this was before I had a full-time job.

My best friend and I would head out the door around 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and we wouldn’t get back to her apartment until 3:00 a.m. On the ride home, we’d pick up some food at Wawa, go back to her place and eat. This was also around age 23. I was young and had no issues partying late.

I mean, I didn’t start partying until I attended Temple University because I went to a community college and didn’t get the full experience. It was fun and exhilarating to be out that late and for a while, I loved it. And, on those nights, I hoped for something fantastic to happen–like meeting the guy I’d spend the rest of my days with. But, I enjoyed hitting the town with my best friend and getting some girl time.
Now that I’m 26, I rarely go out anymore because it got old and drinking is expensive. I learned buying several bottles of alcohol affected both my wallet as well as my tummy.

So, instead of that, I began dedicating time to the gym. Not only that, I’m not sure if I can stay out that late anymore. It’s pathetic, but the latest I’ve been going to bed is 11:00 p.m. To think, I used to be at my best around 11 p.m. and now you’ll find me sleeping in my bed. Life in your mid-20’s is way different from early 20’s. I believe you have more energy and you may or may not have established a career yet. Since you’re still in college, you spend your time at the bar, club or hanging with friends on campus.

The reality of being closer to 30 than 20 is actually really scary, but it’s not like I can get any younger.

Via Huffington Post

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