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When you’re 20-something, it always seems like everybody and their momma has something to say about what you’re going through, but they rarely have any answers.

“Get a job.”

“Find your purpose.”

“He/she’s no good for you.”

“It’ll all work itself out.”

“Put the bottle down.”

Now, in all fairness, I understand that some of the people with the most to say usually just want the best for us… But the funny thing is that they never get around to telling you how!

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You can spend your entire day on YouTube watching videos on how to discover your purpose and after video number 6, still have no idea where to start. You’ll read an ungodly amount of self-help books on the “Power” & “Think This, Be That”  and still have no power to be nothing. Frankly, there are only so many panel discussions and forums that you can attend by your favorite self-made millionaires and entrepreneurs and if I see another dead-end inspirational meme, I think I might scream.

You know why you still don’t know what you’re doing with your life after filling your head with all of these “get to your destiny quick schemes”? It’s because it’s all smoke and mirrors, baby. The people you look up to can only tell you so much; just enough to keep you satisfied until you need another inspirational fix. Because let’s face it, if Oprah or Deepak Chopra gave you a step by step guide to how on get to where they are today, we’d all me rich, famous and living large by now and they’d be out of a their hustle. I get that. But since we keep it 100 here on S&C, being forced into adulthood is frightening at times… no scratch that, ALL the time. And since there’s no guide, no handbook, no nothing, I don’t know about you, but I need answers. Like a month ago. 


So that’s where I come in. My time away from my blog and social media has been tremendously therapeutic. When you are able to stop for a moment to recognize reality for what it is, not what you see on you feed or timeline, you can then begin to process your thoughts, feelings and ideas more clearly.

It’s a beautiful thing really.

What I’ve come to learn is that it’s important for 20-somethings to really ban together and help each other through this thing called life. 24/7/365 we are hit with all of these images of what success, status and happiness looks like. But it’s clouding our vision and crippling our ability to define what all of it means for ourselves. We’ve got to find our own way (with God at the head of it all, of course) and help each other out along the way.

Insert the 20-Somethin’ Junction. 🙂

I want to help my fellow millennials in this walk or process if you will, because nobody can help us, like we can help us. So I’ve started a new segment on my blog called the 20-Somethin’ Junction.

What is a junction? It’s the act of joining or a place or point in which two or more things meet (thanks This is a safe place for us to meet and discuss the issues that we face as young adults that no one seems to have the answer to. Or we can just vent about the things that are most pressing. No topic is off limits or too dumb. Through this, I hope to spark thoughtful conversation and hopefully help my readers through the process of forced adulthood. As I always say, if I’m writing about it, it’s more than likely because I’m going through it and I know two things to be true: I’m not alone and you aren’t either.

So, stay tuned for more to come from the 20-Somethin’ Junction, because we have a lot to talk about.


And if you have any questions or topics that you would like for me to answer or touch on in a future post, drop them in the comment section below! #20SJ

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Posted by:aleyarion

when i first set out to create my blog, i just wanted an outlet to balance my mundane college schedule. but over the years, it has become so much more. writing is how i process my world & the events that take place within it. through, i seek to help my fellow 20-somethings, like me, working to find light when their paths seem darkened and learn from my mistakes so i can save you the trouble of repeating them. is witty, vulnerable, and transparent, but most importantly, it's me, unapologetically. peace, peace, peace Aley Arion business inquiries:

7 replies on “20-Somethin’ Junction: The Smoke and Mirrors Act of Forced Adulthood & “the Process”

      1. yeah, I’m taking suggestions if you have any, or you can wait until the next post to see how it works. I’ve been working on it during my time away, so this post was an introduction.

      2. Yeah how about I wait until the next post. I will think of things. But I thought you meant more like this idea was to like form some type of actual brotherhood/sisterhood where we helped each other get ahead in life. Like instead of depending on these fake inspiration gurus we helped each other with our resources.

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