Sunday, January 22, 2012

What Twenty-somethings Want... And How We Deal

I stumbled upon a blog the other day that spelled out everything 20-somethings want. I'd say this list makes us sound like a needy bunch if it weren't so accurate. The final paragraph summed everything up, and I've noted the things that I really want in bold:

"You want a job, a vacation, heath insurance, validation, a back rub, a scalp massage at the place where you get your haircut, people who are jealous of you, an ex who won’t stop texting you when they’re drunk, Twitter followers, happiness maybe sorta, someone to buy you lunch at a fancy restauranta mentor who can tell you what the hell to do with your lifea reliable internet connectiona reliable human connectiona gift card to the grocery store, dinner parties with friends where everyone will pretend to have their crap together for just one night, a nice flirty text message to wake up to every morning for the rest of your life, for everyone to like you even if you don’t like anyone, and one of those nights that doesn’t end till 9 AM and reminds you what it feels like to be young and alive. Oh, and $$. That’s all."

And chocolate cake... Definitely want chocolate cake!

While it seems like a lot, it really isn't... In all honesty, I'd probably settle for sense of where my life is headed... and a reliable Internet connection... and a gift card to the grocery store... and OK, I do want most of those things. 

Oh, and I also want an apartment to rent. An apartment to rent would be great right about now!

I disagree with anyone who calls 20-somethings greedy just because we want those things and are unwilling to settle for a 9-5 desk job, take-out dinners, and a few drinks with your friends over the weekend. We're driven and ambitious. We're just starting our professional lives and working our way up slowly from internships to entry level positions. We're paying too much for rent, and consequently dipping into our meager savings in order to buy food and drinks. Every purchase has to be thought out: "Can I afford this $3.00 latte?" "Do I spend my money on lunch now or drinks later?" "Should I walk home or take a cab?" 

We're paying our dues, but reaching for the stars. Young AND idealistic! We want paid jobs, vacations, a little spa pampering, and maybe even a romantic fling to spice up our otherwise dull lives as we figure out how to achieve our extensive list of goals. 

I'm spicing up my quiet life with this blog. Each new recipe I develop or elaborate dessert I successfully pull off represents a source of pride. It's my thing that keeps me grounded, and you, my readers, give me reason to keep baking and writing.

So, thank you! 

...And you'd better believe it when I say this next purchase has been carefully thought out - I WILL be buying a cannoli today right now! 

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