OPINION: Why it’s okay to feel worried about the future

As a young person questions over what it is you want to do with your life can feel completely overwhelming. Did I also mention that we are currently in a cost-of-living crisis? Psych-she’s Louise gets it and wants to make sure you don’t feel alone.

When is Gen Z going to get a break?

As a 22-year-old I feel I should be looking to the future, feeling excited with the world at my fingertips. I’m going to try and avoid going down a completely depressing rabbit hole but this is the reality young people are facing right now in the UK. 

You want to move out? Good luck. Unless you somehow earn tons of money then the eye-wateringly high rent is just a bit of a barrier. 

Oh and even if you do make it that far, the cost-of-living crisis is probably going to leave you even more skint. Talk about a cherry on top.

I also think I forgot to mention that an economy down the shitter and a crap job market are also part of the situation young people are facing. 

Like seriously is being in your twenties not stressful enough? 

I don’t want to go on about how our futures could be potentially doomed. Though I think the emotional burden on young people is one that needs to be discussed, especially when ‘49% feel anxious about their future on a daily basis’, say the Princes Trust.

I can’t say I am surprised by the statistics. It is difficult for anyone to see a light at the end of the tunnel when this is the situation we find ourselves in. 

I do apologise for this dose of depression. Let’s move on. 

While I think the current climate is not ideal being in your 20s I think there is an unspoken truth about this time of your life. 

Growing up I couldn’t wait to be a proper adult. The thought of moving out and living with my friends excited me. However, now I am at that age despite the constraints, you realise that people don’t have their shit together at this age. 

Realistically everyone is just starting to find their feet career wise. You still feel young, even though you have all the freedom as an adult. 

It is a difficult time of navigating your future, while finding your feet in the world for anyone. 

The uncertainty of your life is also a source of anxiety. I would love to see what place I am at in the next 10 years and maybe my stress would disappear. (Obvs depending on what stage of life I am at, fingers crossed things are a bit better)

Though maybe we should see the positivity in uncertainty. There is a beauty about not knowing what the fuck your doing. 

Who knows where life will take you right? 

Potentially I could be living it up, with my dream job living in a groovy flat. Oh how my younger self would think I was SO cool. 

Instead of dreaming about my future I’m going to think about the present because I know deep down I will be fine. 

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