I realized something today when I was speaking to one of my coworkers about her upcoming birthday. She said, “I just wish I could be 21 forever. My brother just turned 25! 25 always seemed so old to me but now I don’t think 25 is so old.” Besides the obvious element that my coworker will soon “be feeling 22” (as has been made popular through the rediscovery of Atlantis scrolls from 400 BC), I started thinking about what it means to be a 20-something. Since I turned 20, my tag on my blog has said “I’m a 20-something girl.” This is mostly because I figured the tag would last 10 years and I was too lazy to go in every year and change it. But it’s also because I think it sounds cool to be a 20-something girl coming of age in a turbulent, fast-paced, fashionable world. In reality, I’ve been 0-1 years above 20 which is practically nothing. The idea of 20-something is that you have reached 20 years of age and have continued on with a few other years under your belt. It’s the idea of grouping the category of 20-and-more-year olds that suddenly makes it okay for a 24 year old to date a 29 year old, though they would have been much farther apart in grade school maturity 10 years earlier. Honestly, I’ve had 20 years under my belt with 0-1 more years added on. I’ve really been a 20-nothing rather than a 20-something. It’s pretty sad to think about, isn’t it? Being a 20-something really means T-10 more years until my boobs sag and I have to start procreating because it is “my right as a woman” to lose my booty and my kegel muscle strength.
I don’t think I’ve said this on my blog yet but… Lena Dunham is amazing. I’m in love and I want to be her best friend. But I’m sure I have to get in line. I had low expectations for the third season of her HBO series after the first two episodes, but it has recently gotten so good! Even my boyfriend will sit and laugh with me. I’ve started to enjoy her little videos after the episodes that explain her reasoning for writing the way she did. One of my harshest criticisms of her as a celebrity is that she doesn’t really give back to her fanbase following her on Twitter and Instagram. She seems so hoity toity in her social media delivery and her fans are pushing so hard for a response. The videos after the show seem to be filling a kind of “real Lena” void in fans but I still can’t get past the social media element. It seems so snobbish to be such a voice for current college students and grads who are looking to make a way in the world and have taken up this hobby of watching her work to connect to their own difficult lives of being “20-somethings” or “20-nothings.” Lena Dunham has been given so much praise for her humor, insight, and bravery on screen, and yet she doesn’t reach out to her public. It’s a serious celebrity lack to be honored with such titles and then to shirk away from the fans. I probably sound bitter because she never retweets me… I’m like a little kid at a store with my mom. I know I’m being annoying so I keep pushing to make her mad like a little brat. That’s what I do with Lena. I started making pubic hair comments about some of the nudity in the new season and I probably didn’t even get a look! Girl, you voted for Obama to help the middle class, but we all know how much money you have. If you’re not going “to be the voice of your generation…or A voice….of A generation”… get off the podium.