According to psychologists, our twenties are not throwaway years. Shocking. But a message to be shared as for some, adolescent attitudes and habits creep into their mid to late twenties, in effect stalling personal and professional growth.
Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.
In her book “The Defining Decade,” Meg Jay suggests that many twentysomethings feel trivialized during what is actually the most transformative — and defining — period of our adult lives.
What resonated with me most were her comments on how one conversation or one opportunity seized in your twenties could change the course of your life. That was the case with me. It was because of a conversation with a virtual stranger that I decided to print up the brick of forms that are law school application packages and fill them out.
At the end, she wraps up with,
“Twenty is not the new thirty so claim your adulthood.”