I don't know what I thought my 20s would be like, because my only real basis for comparison were babysitters. Back when I was a kid I thought they were like full-fledged adults, which is a laugh and a half to me now. I am finally the age they were then, and I'm still pretty deep in my "am I going to hit Rite Aid, or am I going to steal this roll of toilet paper from Starbucks?" phase of life. I'd feel bad, but at least these Instagrams for 20-something women understand my #struggle. There is nothing like clicking through a feed and seeing that everyone else is win-failing just as hard as you are.
See, I feel like the whole millennial schtick is owning it at work and pretending to be a real human when you are privately just shambles waiting to erupt. Yesterday, for instance, I found the wrapper from a string cheese chilling in my sheets. I haven't bought a wine bottle over $13 in my whole life. I use the word hashtag in actual conversation, and the other week I let not just one, but several sanitary napkins fall out of my backpack on the subway. I'd tell you more, but you already get the sad picture.
We 20-somethings have two defenses in our arsenal: One is that we are the experts of "fake it until you make it" (thanks for something, AP classes), and the other is that we are far from alone. Here are a few of the Instagram accounts you can flee to when you need to get a healthy dose of 20-something real sauce:
Claudio O, the girl who runs this prolific Instagram, understands your struggles on a primal level.
We've all been there, done that, returned the t-shirt because it didn't fit.
These pugs...they just get us. They were millennials before millennials even happened.
A mastermind of photo-editing cultural icons, this Insta is the perfect blend of 2015, nostalgia, and WTF.
This is one Instagram that is not afraid to hold back our 20-something truths.
Is it just me, or are we the first generation that has embraced self-mockery this fully? Props to us. When we fail we fail HARD.
Someone's been Instagramming New Yorker's conversations, and it is literary gold.
A dose of cuteness, a dash of sarcasm. A day in the life.
Fully planning to queue that "surprise, bitch" meme for the year 3020 on my Tumblr page to scare all my descendants.
Occasionally offensive, but usually on point.
An all-purpose Instagram for feeling inspired and remembering that nobody's perfect.
The book designer entertains followers on Instagram with cartoons that have some real sauce in them (RIP, Lipsmackers flavor).