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Old 09-19-2012, 12:17 AM
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try being a guy in his 40s. it's like going through puberty all over again your body doesn't work the way you think it is supposed to, you got hair coming in like crazy in places it never was before and you don't really feel completely comfortable talking about it.
i would commit murder to be 22 again knowing what i know now.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:17 AM
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Yep. 22 here and awkward in so many ways. :/ I'll take your tech job, that's the field I decided I'd like to go into because if I never have to work retail again it'll be too soon.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:18 AM
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Though southpaw you have my thoughts and vibes that you get your work situation figured out. Few things are worse than going every day to a job you hate.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:57 AM
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I'm 21 and soon to be the single mother of two very young kids. It's an awkward stage for sure but don't let being in transition get you down. We've all been there. Maybe some different details but if you aren't uncomfortable, you are not going to change either. So, take it as a good thing you want to move on and better yourself.

In the mean times huge hugs. I feel ya!
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:51 AM
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I know JUST what you mean, and it is odd from me because I'm only 19.

My friends from middle school and high school already have their career plans ahead of them, have gone internationally visiting children and raising money for families in countries around the world, published articles in science journals, and/or are currently either studying abroad or starting up internships so that they could begin their career.

And me, I'm still sleeping until 11:30 every morning and feeling badass because I legally played dice at a casino + drank a lot of alcohol during my summer vacation.Talk about being somewhere in life

Not that I honestly wish I were in their shoes, but I DO feel like I should be doing more and rearranging my priorities. I feel that I should be pursuing my desired career more strongly than I have been, but honestly, I am just passively getting through college at best. It sucks having overachieving friends sometimes, though. That probably has something to do with it.

Oh, and meeting a guy would be nice. I've had a handful of "relationships", but nothing that has lasted more than a few weeks. I'm definitely not even near ready to settle down, nor do I want to find the perfect guy just yet, but a committed relationship would be nice. That, however, probably has more to do with the people I associate with (who ARE party goers and bar hoppers!). Not much of a surprise considering I'm on a college campus.

But seriously, a fun loving, dog loving, all around good guy would be nice, for once.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:07 AM
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Wow there are a lot of us awkward stagers aren't there?

I feel for all of you. I am 20 and in the exact same boat. I've been in a serious relationship for over 4 years and am itching to move out but can't afford to yet because I am in uni. Sucks big time.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:36 AM
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Transition times are always difficult. I did everything the "proper" way, going straight from high school to college to work, and 22 was still really awkward, trying to adjust to being an adult, mourning the loss of college, adapting to a job where just because you were super smart and did great work didn't mean you got an A (and the promotion!), etc.

I'm 26 now, out of college for over 5 years, married over 4, and I'm finally feeling settled at this point. It's taken years and years of waking up and questioning what the heck I was doing, a job change, several moves, and more to get to this point though.

If it were me in your shoes (and it's not, so totally ignore this if it doesn't mesh), I'd go finish up your degree and find work you can support yourself on. You can always go back to school later to switch careers if you want to (or change jobs without additional schooling, in a lot of cases), but one of the best ways to figure out what you want to do is to try out a job. I thought I valued certain things before I got my first "real" job, and then I realized I was completely out in left field and went back to school to switch careers. I never would have ended up here if not for that totally-wrong-for-me first job though
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:51 AM
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22 was horrible for me. I'm 25, almost 26 now, and feel like I'm just now escaping that awkward time. At 22 I dropped out of school to go take care of my mom while she had cancer. Then I went back to school and fell into a lot of depression just about my mom and about all my friend's graduating while I was gone. I didn't graduate until I had just turned 24 so in that aspect I felt like a failure.

I think for me though, finally graduating and then getting a job- any full time job- set my life in motion again. I was pretty much static from 22 to 24. It was just an awful time and the only real bright spot was getting Mia.

I still am boyfriendless. It sucks but in other aspects I'm finally settling in and finally taking charge of everything in my life. I love the independence and I love working full time. It keeps me busy and meeting people. I love having money for my dogs too. That's nice.

Anyways, that first step of just graduating and then finding a job really helped for me.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:26 AM
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If it were me in your shoes (and it's not, so totally ignore this if it doesn't mesh), I'd go finish up your degree and find work you can support yourself on. You can always go back to school later to switch careers if you want to (or change jobs without additional schooling, in a lot of cases), but one of the best ways to figure out what you want to do is to try out a job. I thought I valued certain things before I got my first "real" job, and then I realized I was completely out in left field and went back to school to switch careers. I never would have ended up here if not for that totally-wrong-for-me first job though
This (only I'm still in my first after college job because it's not bad ). The absolute best thing I did was power through that "Oh FRICK I have no idea what I want to do with my life" phase. I hit that phase at 20 and, after taking an aptitude test, I signed up for the major that looked like it would have the most jobs and make decent money (which turned out to be computers). I got lucky and didn't hate it but even if I had I probably would have kept going. If I'd switched majors (again) my parents might have killed me.

This anecdata is really just to say....I like what I do (most of the time) but it's really just a means to an end. My job provides us with the support to have what we need to live and enough to play around. I spend 40 hours a week working but....it's really just something I do to survive. So my advice is to find something interesting as a job/career and use it to do things that you really enjoy on the side. And for all you stuck in hated jobs I feel so much for you - I hated that (it was restaurants for me, blegh) and it's a bitch to get out of. I hope you guys can find something else soon. <3
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21 about 22 and awkward awkward awkward. Stay at home mom living with my fiance though. Have moved 4 ties in the last 2 years and planning another sometime after the first of the year if Markel makes it into the Navy. Trying SO hard to get a job but I a not really flexible in my hours so its hard. Not in school but desperately want to be but no idea what to go into.
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