Illustration by Trịnh Lập By An Phương When I was a kid, I always strived to score a 10 on every subject and when growing older, I tried to secure a house before reaching 30. There’s nothing wrong with setting specific goals in life but I’ve come to realise that, at the age of 27, these targets might have put unnecessary pressure on many of us whose lives are already quite stressful. Pressure from societal expectations has been a topic among my friends for days, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. “The pandemic has turned my life upside down since I’m working in the hospitality industry. Being on the list of employees with the best performance for years, it is a lot of pressure looking at colleagues that are still able to thrive in this unfortunate period,” my friend Duy Nguyễn, 28, said. Duy told me that societal expectations come in different forms for different age groups. It is when we become older that we’re able to look at the bigger picture of how expectations evolve and can be detrimental to our quality of life. “I used to spend 15 hours a day preparing for the national university entrance exam in an effort to get… Read full this story
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