Today I turn 25. Honestly, this number makes me feel so so so old. Guys, I’m officially in my mid-twenties, meaning there’s no more getting away with sneaking in the ‘early’.
As nerve-wracking as it is turning 25, I’ve never felt the need to reflect back on my life more than I do right now. And here’s what it looks like:
Getting older is scary for me because I’m not where I expected myself to be at 25, which I know is something everyone goes through at one point or another. When I was younger, I had a very different perception of what 25 would look like. Moved out, married (wtf?), pregnant (do I even want kids?), fulfilling career, financial freedom, living abroad and super fit were all on that list. And guess what? I have done none.
I still live with my parents, not married/preggo, and I only JUST started working out and am nowhere near my fitness goals. Career-wise, I will say that I have learned so many important lessons in my short journey, and though it’s not what I expected, it’s been an incredible ride. Just so we’re clear, this post is not for me to rant about all the things I wish I had done by now, but instead of a reflection of all that I have done.
Playing the comparison game will get you no where. In fact, it will make you really unhappy and feeling like you’re trying to ‘catch up’ with everyone else (something I was all too familiar with few weeks ago, during my last few days of being 24). But upon further reflection, I have to say that I’m actually so excited about where I am right now. I love the non-traditional career path I’m on, and I’m stoked to see what it has in store for me. My family + friends are nothing short of amazing (my boyfriend gets a pretty high ranking up there as well). My parents are two of the coolest individuals I know, and living with them means I get to hang out with them all the time. I do not currently live abroad but I do travel quite a bit and for that, I’m incredibly grateful. Married & kids? I’m excited for when it does happen (far, far into the future), but for now, I’m totally fine with where I am.
Back at 10 years old, turning 25 just seemed so far away, and I thought I would have all my shit figured out by then. But guess what? I’m starting to think that there will never be a point in my life when ‘I have it all figured out’. I – hopefully – will keep growing and learning, and working towards my goals, and enjoy the ride.
One of my best friends told me not to worry about other people’s chapter 5 while you’re on your chapter 1. As in just because your friends are getting married and buying houses, does not mean you are behind. You are right where’s you’re supposed to be, and it’ll happen for you too. Just a little reminder for you if you’re ever unhappy about where you are. That’s my take on 25. Here’s to the next 365, I hear its the going to be the best one yet.