Here I am. A quarter of a century. About a third of the way in to my life expectancy (that’s slightly disturbing to think about..). Sure, it’s just another day. But birthdays really have a way of making me reflect on the past, current and future.
The last few years of my life have really been a transitional for me. And the more I talk to others, the more than I realize that 23-26ish is a real “growing period” for many. For many years, I allowed the sad life changes that happened to me in high school shadow the things going on in my life. I was a high school dropout – one that didn’t think I’d ever go back for my diploma. I spent my days as a dropout writing a novel that I have yet to finish and journaling. Then I met my boyfriend, Justin. Between my desire to become a writer and Justin making me realize that dropping out wasn’t getting me anywhere – I went back to school, graduated high school and immediately enrolled in college.
I wish that I could say I haven’t looked back since, but damn – I have looked back many times. And I think that’s important to do. To examine where you have come from. Not to dwell on it, but to remember it and continue pushing forward.
My dropout years were pretty dark – filled with family drama, death, financial stresses and life changing moments. To go from that.. to this 25-year-old chick that has gotten an Associates Degree and is working toward a Bachelors, earned a scholarship for doing well in school, working the job that I never even dreamed was possible and creating a business around my jewelry making. It’s mind blowing, really.
When you are young, people tell you that you can do whatever you want. For me, though, I didn’t really bother dreaming of a brilliant future because it seemed too far away and too impossible. But now – amazing things are happening. I am still with my rockstar boyfriend (7 years this month!), we have three fuzzy children (two cats and a dog), I have a beautiful niece in my life and my dreams continue to push me in places I never thought I’d go. About a third of the way in to my life expectancy. That means I still have two thirds left! Happy 25th Birthday to me!