The Obsession with “Getting Ahead” in Your Twenties Is Failing Young People
Why do we need measuring sticks like college and marriage and leaving home to track our worth?
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It’s a strange sort of self-reliance, thinking you can out-plan the grief, and heartbreak, and confusion of growing up.
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It is not enough to be pretty. It is not enough to be obedient, or deferential, or useful. Being not a problem is not enough for a person to live on.
It was the first time I’d ever noticed growth or newness this way: reclaiming, or returning, rather than overhauling and chasing.