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Dear Second Decade of Life,

When I think about the new decade that I have recently transitioned to, the first thing that comes to mind are the words, “God bless them twenty-somethings.” SZA couldn’t have said it better on her latest album.

As I am entering this new chapter in my life, I pray that it will bring me a new sense of clarity, confidence and the ability to organize my responsibilities in a more timely fashion. I really do have a fondness for even numbers, so part of me is expecting the year 20 (as well as 22, 24, etc.), to be good years for me. I haven’t been 20 for too long, and I haven’t felt any different yet. In my mind I keep thinking, am I supposed to feel something? I’m not sure. I think most of it has to do with the mindset that you have about your life and responsibilities. If this is true, I hope that I will keep this up, as these are my prime years.

If I’m being honest, I do miss being able to claim those teen years, since they were such an important part of my development into who I am today. However, I am looking forward, hoping that this decade will teach me even more about myself and that I will become more confident with navigating the world. After all, I’m pretty much a real adult now. so again, dear 20s, please do right by me. I have so many goals and aspirations. I am hoping that this new “level” of life will help me realize what those are, and pave the way for my career and future endeavors.

For now, I plan to take life one day at a time. 20, 40 and beyond. I am beginning to realize that life is mind over matter, and your mindset and mood can have a great affect on how you treat other people and how they treat you in return. I am spreading these thoughts into the universe, hoping that it will become a reality. 

Once again, here’s to 20 years.

Sincerely, 

Newly 20 

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Brezaja is a sophomore studying film in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. When not writing articles for Her Campus at VCU, you can usually find them endlessly browsing Netflix or checking social media, mostly Instagram and Twitter. They try to be as open-minded as possible, and don't mind having conversations with others about social issues. After college, they dream of being an art director for films.
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