Life after 21 – The beginning of the rest of your life

Life after turning 21 is much like life after turning 13.

When you’re 13, you’re a senior in primary school. You get to walk around like a big deal, looking down on everyone and throwing around the fact that “you’re not 12 anymore”. But then you’re off to high school, the red carpet is pulled from underneath your feet and suddenly – you’re at the bottom of the food chain. The glitz and glamour of getting older is gone. Finally you get passed Gr.8 but nothing really seems to matter until you reach matric.

After 21, life is pretty much the same thing. From the parties, to the presents to the fun times – turning 21 is epic! But once you finish off your degree and you enter the world of work – again, you’re at the bottom of the food chain. And if you’re doing your Honours degree, you’re still at the bottom of the food chain because you don’t have a life. And now what’s worse than when you were 13 is that you’ve reached adulthood and you’re expected to be independent. I mean if you thought going to varsity was independence – think again. Varsity is freedom. What happens thereafter is real independence.

Adjusting to this life can be hard and as much as it may suck at times, this is the time you find yourself. This is the time you get to figure out who you really are in this great big world. It’s a journey full of lessons, laughs, love and sometimes ludicrous. Either way, life after 21 is the beginning of the rest of your life.

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