Saturday, July 12, 2014
Once You Turn 30, They All Blend Together
I have to laugh at my title for this blog post because it's both funny & oh so true. When someone asks me my age, I often have to pause and think a minute... 32? 31? No wait, 32. But in a few days (Monday to be exact) I can say 33! For some reason I like the sound to this age. Maybe it's the cohesiveness of the two numbers (easier to remember?), or the possibilities I know this new age will bring me. Regardless, it is just a number, and I will always remember that.
I've been reflecting a lot on the path I've chosen, mainly because it's about to hit a pretty major intersection in this life of mine. Here I am (almost) to my mid 30s, single without kids, and just now starting my "career". Sounds like I'm about a decade late, huh? But this goes back to my age is just a number thing. I'm not late, by any means, I'm in fact lucky and humbled to even show up here at all.
Society has put this label on all of us, stating that we should have this, achieve that, be here, by a certain age. I fell victim to this mentality too many times to count. But you know what it did? Only made me more depressed because I never seemed to fit that "just right size" of where someone my age should be. But who set that standard?! Did I sign something a long time ago stating I'd be there by this time and if not, I fail?! Goodness, no.
I encountered a few detours, made some wrong turns, took the scenic route -- that's what I did! Am I done with this journey? Not even close. Am I happy with the path I've found myself on? Absolutely! I know it's not society's norm, but what is normal anyway?! If it's making choices that create your own happiness, then I have far exceeded that plan.
So the next time you feel as though you're not on the right path, rethink what the RIGHT PATH FOR YOU is. If you have the power to change it, then change it. But don't ever feel less than because you aren't doing what everyone else is doing. You are you, and they are they. The past 33 years have been... something I can't even sum up in a sentence or two on this blog. But they've been SOMETHING and will continue to be many things.