Chapter XX: The Roaring Twenties
In high school, I took Modern History as one of my subjects. It was one of the most fascinating classes I had – my teacher was an awesome man who was cool in every sense of the word. He had almost shoulder length hair which he usually packed into a ponytail, tattoos on his arm, while also being a staunch advocate for animal rights and protecting the environment in general. A lot of the topics covered focused on America, and one of my absolute favourite periods in America were The Roaring Twenties.
The Roaring Twenties – One of the Best Periods in America
The Roaring Twenties were a time you could describe as being full of abundance. While I’m sure not everyone would have had this abundant experience, the general gist is that the twenties were amazing. We had people breaking from the norm, all sorts of new styles and lifestyles coming about, as well as a boom in the American economy. New cars and electronics, dances such as the Charleston were all the rave. There were flappers! Women who were daring and went against the norm, donning styles and hats that had been once hidden away.
On Turning Twenty
As of today, I’ve been alive for two decades! It’s crazy to think about, and it’s even crazier to imagine that more decades are coming. I’m not even up to a quarter of my life span (if I live until 100). For many years, I looked at people in their twenties as absolute adults. The twenties club appeared as a club that I was so far away from joining, and yet, here I am. I’ve also realised that 20-something year olds aren’t necessarily adults yet, they’re just starting the journey. It’s crazy the way you see things when you’re a child, and when you grow up.
I feel a bit indifferent, considering I have exams starting in 3 days – with my most challenging subject being the first exam. However, I’m content. When I look back on what I’ve achieved (with a lot of terrible mistakes) I feel happy a bit. It’s not like I can go back in time and do extra, I can only hope to do better from now on.
Lessons and Experiences
There are so many things I have learnt, so many tears that have been shed and so many things I want to learn. The twenties are a time in the life of a human being, described to be incredibly challenging and full of all sorts. While we’ve stumbled through the forest of teen years, suddenly we’re thrust into the world even farther and have to start fending for ourselves, using the knowledge we’ve gained from the past decades living with those who we’re dependent on. It’s scary, yet exciting.
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Soon, I’ll finish university, then go to law school, followed by NYSC and entering the working world. It will be such a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences, and I honestly can’t wait.
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Expectations – Personal & Societal
It’s crazy because the twenties come with so many expectations. Expectations we put on ourselves, and expectations society places on us. With the twenties come the ticking time – society begins to ask, when are you going to achieve A or B? When are you going to get married? When are you going to have children? I’ve tried my best to make myself understand that placing strict times on certain things i.e. married by 25, childbearing done by 30 -can be to your detriment in the end. Thus, I’ll try and take things one at a time.
I’ve found that I don’t have rigid plans for the future. Questions such as “where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?”, can’t be answered easily. This is partly because I want to go with the flow, and partly because I just want to do what God created me for and nothing else. I don’t want to deviate and end up in a place I’m not meant to. Even if my relationship with God is not at it’s best, I still consider him to be an integral part of my being.
What I’m Hoping For In My Twenties
When I think of my twenties, I want to be prosperous – the twenties are a trying time. Some fluctuate between feelings of confusion, bad decisions and being broke. I want to be comfortable, I want to always have the means to care for myself. I want to care for myself in many ways – be it taking care of bills that need to be paid, down to caring for my skin (a must!) The Roaring Twenties were known for being full of prosperity especially with the boom in the American economy – I want to be prosperous financially, spiritually, mentally, personally – in all spheres of my life!
Though in 1929 the Great Depression came along and scattered everything, that won’t be my case. I want the prosperity to carry on even past my twenties. I hope to meet great people and cut off those who will be like thorns in my garden of prosperity. I want to grow, I want to learn more and mould myself into becoming an individual worth looking up to. I want to let go of hurt, discover my style and look my best. I want to put all my best efforts into everything I do.
Issa Felt Letter Board
To spruce up my photo prop collection, I ordered this felt letter board from Aliexpress during the Anniversary sales in March. It’s a purchase I am highly proud of. It’s also the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought on Aliexpress – just imagine, the most expensive thing was a frame! I need deliverance, considering I have soo many clothing items and accessories calling out to me.
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Oh well, I think it’s a worthy investment! These are very expensive (for bigger sizes) and I didn’t know how possible it would be to do a DIY, so I closed my eyes and bought it for $17.54 with FREE SHIPPING (I scoured the options to find the best for me). You can get it HERE.
What would you advice your 20 year old self? Or anybody turning 20?