Most 23-year-olds have only one person to think about and that’s themselves. Unlike in generations gone by, people are choosing to wait until later in life to settle down, and as a result, a person’s 20s are often dubbed their “selfish years”. It’s a time when they have relatively few responsibilities, which means that they can change career multiple times if they want to and explore everything in life that interests them.
This often results in young people having an extensive list of Facebook friends – even though they only interact with a handful of them. From people they went to preschool with, distant relatives, and, naturally, the “best friends” they’ve drunkenly made on nights out. So when 23-year-old Tommy Connolly got a Facebook friend request in 2015, the last thing he expected was for it to change his life forever.
To discover what happened next, check out the video below:
Tommy, who lives on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, had just been contacted by his teenage cousin Angela* (to protect her identity, her real name has not been used). He hadn’t seen her in 10 years, and a few weeks later, the 23-year-old became a father AND a grandfather.
When 17-year-old Angela contacted Tommy, her life was, to put it bluntly, a mess. She was illiterate, had used drugs in her early teens (but stopped when she was 15), and at 16-years-old, she fell pregnant. And by the time she had reached out to Tommy, she was 32 weeks along.