That's what psychologists call an "Aha!" moment.
That was the moment I realized, 30 is not the new 20.
Yes, people settle down later than they used to, but that didn't make Alex's 20s a developmental downtime.
That made Alex's 20s a developmental sweet spot, and we were sitting there, blowing it.
That was when I realized that this sort of benign neglect was a real problem, and it had real consequences,
not just for Alex and her love life but for the careers and the families and the futures of twentysomethings everywhere.
There are 50 million twentysomethings in the United States right now.
We're talking about 15 percent of the population,
or 100 percent if you consider that no one's getting through adulthood without going through their 20s first.
Raise your hand if you're in your 20s.
I really want to see some twentysomethings here. Oh, yay! You are all awesome.
If you work with twentysomethings, you love a twentysomething,
you're losing sleep over twentysomethings, I want to see... Okay. Awesome, twentysomethings really matter.
So, I specialize in twentysomethings because I believe that every single one of those 50 million twentysomethings
deserves to know what psychologists, sociologists, neurologists and fertility specialists already know:
that claiming your 20s is one of the simplest,
yet most transformative, things you can do for work, for love, for your happiness, maybe even for the world.