10 Things that Happen in Your Late 20s

Since turning 26 and officially entering my “late twenties” in November, I’ve noticed subtly changes happening with myself and the people around me.

  1. Getting together with friends has started to consist of work out classes, cooking and catching up on TV instead of happy hours that last until midnight.
  2. You’re expected to know about politics and what’s happening in the world.
  3. Hangovers last forever! My hangover the day after my 26th birthday was the longest hangover I’ve ever had. It’s not uncommon for me to still feel a bit queezy on a Monday morning after a party-filled Saturday night.
  4. Starting to pay more attention to wrinkle creams because each day is a day closer to 30 and – you know – it’s never too early to start a skin-care regiment…
  5. My metabolism has gotten slow! Anyone else remember eating a whole bag of chips and a pint of ice cream for dinner in college? Now I’m lucky if I can eat a quarter of each without feeling guilt in the form of gut rot.
  6. There’s a different type of peer pressure plaguing your life. In college you had to be the life of the party and then – BAM – all of a sudden you’re supposed to be getting married, having children and buying houses.
  7. Crushes on teenage boy bands start to sound…eh…a little strange. My love for One Direction didn’t seem as weird in my early twenties, but all of a sudden now I’m a creeper.
  8. It’s considered a crazy, wild night if I’m still at the bar when the lights come on at 2am. Just a year ago, staying out until 2am was the norm.
  9. Your group of friends gets smaller and smaller because people are getting busy with husbands, kids and just being tired from life.
  10. And finally: people are getting pregnant on purpose.

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