Putting On Your Big-Girl Pants

This is not going to be your average story about ‘what I discovered when I entered my twenties’ or anything along the lines of that. Well maybe to an extent but not completely. Let me elaborate. The other day I was at a cosy downtown café in Macarthur Square when it started pouring so hard I was truly starting to question my safety. I remember contemplating legging it to the open car park with my half broken umbrella but then I remembered that story of the guy who got struck by lightning despite the odds and I figured with my luck I would probably be runner up. So I decided to snuggle up with my skim caramel cappuccino and continue reading 1984 by George Orwell.

The soft patter of the rain against the window created the perfect symphony whilst I was reading my book. It was about as close to heaven as you could get to given the shitty circumstances. However if you know me you probably also know I have the attention span of a squirrel( I tried diagnosing myself using Google but the results gave me multiple panic attacks so I stopped) which is why I switched on my laptop and decided to browse Tumblr leeching the café’s free Wi-Fi.

It was then that I stumbled across a GIF from New York Minute, the all-time classic teen girl favourite casting the Olsen twins. If you are staring at this post with a blank look on your face I suggest you relive your teens by watching this movie. See in the movie the Olsen twins played two roles: Roxy the crazy one who was obsessed with Simple Plan and consumed at least two cans of V a day like your average teenager. Then there was Jane the ultimate dream child whose aim was to get into Oxford and carried a day planner that LITERALLY had her life in it ranging from her multiple afterschool activities to her daily food intake.

As a teen I was OBSESSED with this movie to the point that I would re-enact various scenes where I would imagine what it would be like to have a life as crazy as Roxy, I even went as far as wearing random AC DCs shirts for a solid week (yes looking back I realise I probably needed some serious help).

Just last week I turned 21 and sat there listening to multiple people telling me it’s time to get serious about your life and put on your big girl pants. One crazy lady even went as far as asking me when I intended to put a ring on my finger. At that point and time I had a special finger I wanted to show her.

So whilst the whole room broke out into a chaos with multiple people trying to map out my life for me I decided to do the one thing I do best. I put on my classic ‘I’m listening to your concerns face’ whilst mentally shutting out all that noise and returning to my own personal nirvana a skill that I had mastered over the past years due to repeat episodes of Friends and my analysis of Chandler Bing. I realised that to an extent I hadn’t completely let go of that movie and it didn’t take me long to realise why.

I believe to an extent every female out there has 2 sides to her. The classic Jane with the cream coloured outfit paired with the classic white heels and the crazy Roxy with the lazy tomboy look and the random outbursts of spontaneous yet disastrous ideas. And once you enter your 20’s people expect you to have a clear perception of what you want to do with your life. The truth is I’m still not completely ready to put on my big girl pants. I still want to be able to be wake up every other morning and pop a can of Red bull accompanied with a packet of Cheetos. It’s important to have some element of crazy in your life because as Marilyn Monroe quoted “being normal is boring”!

Published by The Strategic Chaos

What happens when you mix an engineering major with a creative mindset who's always getting herself into awkward situations? The strategic chaos is born. It's what a love child between Mindy Kaling and Mark Cuban would look like. With Kevin Hart as side piece.

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