By Tymmarah Anderson
Stuck in them 20 somethings, stuck in them 20 somethings
Good luck on them 20 somethings, good luck on them 20 somethings
God bless these 20 somethings.
SZA x “20 Something”
They say your 20s are suppose to be the best years of your life. A time to be selfish, to have fun, and to explore the world around you. They also say your 20s are when life gets real. Kiss the world where $100 felt rich, goodbye.
Welcome to adulthood. We got bills, bills now. I’m talking signed, sealed, and delivered to your house, name stamped on the front, asking for more money than you can offer, bills. Not to mention the family, friend, and relationship drama that continues to arise as you find yourself in this new age. Totally wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self, “SLOW DOWN!” Life truly seemed simple back then: getting a few dollars for having good grades and going straight to Ms. Johnson’s candy store was the best life could offer at that age. Now, I’m paying the government thousands of dollars for the same grades in college? Feels like growing up is a scam.
On the other hand, my 20s has brought me some of life’s best experiences. From epic college parties to unforgettable vacations, there’s a sense of freedom you get in your 20s that no other age can offer. I mean honestly, what better age to just pick up and drive to Detroit to see a Summer Walker concert because the one in Chicago was sold out? To ride dirt bikes to a lagoon and streak through the beach in Punta Cana? Lets not forget getting cashed out by a few border-line sugar daddies in Miami. Twenty-something is showing me the time of my life.
Hopin’ my 20 somethings won’t end
Hopin’ to keep the rest of my friends
Prayin’ the 20 somethings don’t kill me, don’t kill me
And then I think about all the people who didn’t make it to or through their 20s. Whether it was senseless violence or natural causes that took their lives, we mourn those whom we loved both near and far that we’re unable to share these 20 somethings with us:
Kayla Swan Trayvon Martin Hadiya Pendleton Laquan McDonald Freddie Gray Deonte Hoard Kaylyn Pryor Yingying Zhang Kenneka Jenkins Lawrence Joshua Toryannah Herbert DeEbony Groves Akilah DaSilva Joe R. Perez Taurean C. Sanderlin Jarad Anthony Higgins Alexis Crawford Antwan Gallion Jr. and the host of others gone too soon.
We live on for them as their souls rest in eternal peace and happiness. As we continue to navigate through the stress and heartache, the love and good times — God bless these 20 somethings.
Tymmarah Anderson is a contributing writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC.