Why you're a loser at 23 (and how to fix it)

23.

 

At this age, your university days are most likely behind you. 

 

You are ready for the rest of your life.

 

Or, are you?

 

The thing about being 23 is that, you are truly at the beginning of the rest of your life. 

 

But also, at this age, you realize that life is not as straight forward as you thought it would be.

It is the year that you try to pave a path for yourself.

 

The year you stay up at night imagining what you could become. The great things you could do. The life you could live.

 

But it's also the year you wake up in a cold sweat, looking for a sign that everything will be fine.

 

And the only response you get is the sound of your uneven breaths and the voice in your head telling you, it may not work out.

 

At 23, you realize that maybe what you studied is not exactly what you need to survive in the real world.

 

It's the year that you wish you never left school because the real world is tough. Really tough!

 

And so, in this year, you probably apply for a 2nd degree or a Master's degree, not because you need it, but because you need to escape your reality. 

 

It's the same year that you feel the greatest amount of pressure to pick up a job, any job, just to be able to say, 'I work for X company'

 

It is the year your parents give you a chance to prove yourself.

 

But it's also the year your parents ask you (politely) to give up on your dreams, because you haven't shown 'enough progress'.

 

It's the year you walk on eggshells in your parents' home, knowing that you don't belong there anymore.

 

The year you awkwardly avoid meeting your parent's eye at the dinner table, because you know what's on their mind...

 

"Why can't you find a job and be as successful as your sister?"

 

It is the year your parents count every coin that they give you, knowing that you must pay it all back.

 

It's no longer their responsibility to hand things to you.

 

In this same year, you meet your friend's mom in a supermarket. After a quick hello, you try to push your trolley forward. But, she stops you...

 

...and informs you that her daughter just received a scholarship for a Master's degree, in a world renowned university in London.

 

Then she inquires about you, "..doctor or lawyer?" with a hopeful look. You reply with "uh...doctor", as you cast your eyes downwards.

 

You know that she sees through your lies. But the truth is worse.

 

This is the year that your boyfriend/girlfriend decides that maybe they are better off without you.

The year that your social life is non-existent. After all, your university friends are fighting their own fight.

 

It is the year that you seek advice from anyone who seems to have it all figured out.

 

And so, you seek out the one person who always had a solution to every problem.

 

Your school counselor.

 

She, who once believed in your dreams, now gently ask you to find any job. 'You can always follow your passion later on in life,' she says.

 

But in all truth, the school doesn't want unemployed graduates loitering about. It's not a good look.

 

If you listen to her, it is the year you make the first big mistake of your life. A mistake that you can't blame on someone else.

 

This is a tough year.

 

Granted, it is the year that you get so broke. But it is also the year that you make your first genuine income.

 

It is the year you read as many motivational books as you can land your hands on.

 

But it is also the year you realize that these books only have a short-term impact.

 

In the end, this is the year that you learn the true meaning of drive and determination. 

 

It is the year you not only have to fight the negative voice inside your head, but also the voices outside your head.

 

It is the year that you have to closely listen to your heart's wishes. And, trust me, your heart will speak to you.

 

This is the year that you fight, for your dreams, for the life that you want. 

  

And as you get close to 24, you realize that you are not alone. Every successful person was once at that awkward age when things weren't so clear.

 

But they fought. Everyday. To get where they are today. You can do it too. 

 

At least I hope that's what will happen. Because, at the moment, I am one of the many 23 year old graduates trying to stay afloat.

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After graduation, I started this blog to write about what I love to do...Travel. And occasionally, a few other topics.

 

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Comments: 24
  • #1

    David (Monday, 13 March 2017 12:08)

    Brilliant.

  • #2

    Sybella Michelle Kenyangi (Tuesday, 14 March 2017 05:54)

    Really nyc article.Lots of truth in there �

  • #3

    Joan (Tuesday, 14 March 2017 14:12)

    This is exactly what I'm goung through..gives me so much hope

  • #4

    Gerald Geria (Friday, 17 March 2017 01:39)

    Story of my life. Well put.

  • #5

    Resty (Saturday, 18 March 2017 03:41)

    u are ryt Gerald, buh we shouldnt lose Hope

  • #6

    DENIS (Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:10)

    You write pretty. Thank you.

  • #7

    Mercy (Monday, 03 April 2017 14:58)

    Seriously The Truth.

  • #8

    Joseph Ssebulime (Saturday, 08 April 2017 03:32)

    You seem to be very passionate about what you are doing. Please go ahead

  • #9

    Afripas Travel (Thursday, 20 April 2017 03:51)

    Hey guys, thank you all for the lovely messages. I am happy you could relate. I have decided to post a few more articles on more topics, in addition to travel blogs, so stick around and get ready for some saucy articles!

  • #10

    Mabel Nakawooya (Friday, 21 April 2017 15:34)

    Lovely M creative

  • #11

    Geoffrey (Sunday, 23 April 2017 16:22)

    Story of my current life

  • #12

    Raymond (Friday, 28 April 2017 14:23)

    I just wanna talk to you. You have what am looking for.

  • #13

    Joy Rugz (Sunday, 30 April 2017 17:38)

    This is so relatable, as someone approaching 23.
    None of us is alone.

  • #14

    Coco (Friday, 12 May 2017 14:01)

    Pretty much what am going through....even being single again

  • #15

    Ed (Friday, 12 May 2017 19:29)

    You look very good. You write even better. Bar the fact that the column lacks a typical good ending - where you succeed after your mental struggles and make it in life (I'm not saying you won't eventually do) - it is brilliant. I'm 28, jave worked at a few jobs, all of them really good, but I quit in pursuit of happiness and a bigger personal dream. So I completely relate.
    #WayToGo.

  • #16

    Levine (Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:57)

    Its also the year your kid brother tells you not to touch his Nutella, happened to me last week.

  • #17

    Kate moseti (Saturday, 13 May 2017 08:47)

    This is so real and helpful... I like it

  • #18

    Shirat klass Namaganda (Saturday, 20 May 2017 02:16)

    Amazingly true

  • #19

    Urbanart (Saturday, 20 May 2017 09:20)

    If you think 23 is tough...try 24, maybe I should give y'all a peep at 24 in my blog

  • #20

    Steve (Sunday, 21 May 2017 07:05)

    Great piece it was true when I was 23

  • #21

    Linz (Thursday, 15 June 2017 01:59)

    I enjoyed the article! You did a great job!�

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    whiteboard animation services (Wednesday, 21 June 2017 03:08)

    There is by no means a time or position for true worship. It happens by accident, in a heartbeat, in a single alternating, agonizing moment.

  • #23

    Jeff Kulubya (Thursday, 06 July 2017 11:16)

    It's weird how people can be going through the same phases but rarely talk about them till they pass- good read, 100% relatable.

  • #24

    https://www.essaywritingland.com/write-my-essay/ (Thursday, 20 July 2017 06:06)

    I believe that winning and losing depends entirely on us. If we have the maturity and understanding of a situation, then winning is possible. No one is a loser and can achieve anything in life.