Well, I’m 28.
Twenty-eight years old. Cripes.
You know what my timeline was when I was a kid? My “life” timeline? How I thought things were going to go for me?
I wanted to be married by the time I was 25, but I wanted to be with the guy for at least two years before that (so essentially I wanted to meet him by the time I was 23). I wanted to have two kids and be finished having kids by the time I was 28. I wanted to have a big house with a big backyard by the time I was 30 and be stable in my career.
Fast forward to where I actually am today: I’m very, very single. I don’t have any kids. I do own a house, but it’s small and in the city (I want to be in the burbs). I do have a job that I love but I’m not sure if I’d actually label it a “career” quite yet.
Did my life go how I expected it to? Nope, not at all. I never thought I’d buy a house by myself. I never thought I’d gain a compilation of the world’s worst dating stories. I never thought I’d have a dog and a cat. I also never thought that I’d be waking up at 4:30 every morning to go to a 5am Crossfit class. I never imagined that I would travel as much as I do – or that I would do a lot of it solo. I never thought I’d get laid off from a job, go back and then quit. I never thought I’d lose 75 pounds (or have that much to lose in the first place). I never thought I’d spend my Sundays meal prepping or my Mondays watching TV on the couch.
Moral of the story? Nothing goes as planned. I’ve had so many ups and downs over the years. I’ve had numerous times where I didn’t think life could get any worse or any harder, but I kept trudging along. Those times aren’t easy. But I’ve also had a lot of great days – more great than bad – and I wouldn’t change anything that’s happened to me thus far.
Life has a funny way of working itself out when you least expect it. You have to go through the tough times to get to the good ones, you have to make sacrifices, you have to be understanding and forgiving. You have to know when you put yourself first and when not to. It’s all a learning experience. Every single day for the past 10,220 days, has been a learning experience. Alhough NOTHING has been according to plan, I cannot wait to continue learning.
CHEERS TO 28 YEARS! #28sStillGreat