25 has been a big year for me. I started a dream job, traveled to some incredible places, and made some big decisions for the future. And I still have a few months of my 25th year of life left to see what new adventures await!
Growing up, I couldn’t wait to be older. Now, I want to be exactly the age I am. I’m constantly learning things about the world and discovering new things about myself. 25 is a year of incredible juxtapositions. I feel both confident and in control of my future while also feeling clueless and unsure of what’s to come. Adulting at its finest. 😉
Here are 5 (of my) thoughts on being 25:
1. Life at 25 is having one friend recount an awkward Tinder date she went on last weekend while another discusses the pros and cons of a second baby. After years of going through life stages with your peers at relatively the same time, 25 is when people start to live by their own timelines. As a married 25-year-old with an adopted fur-baby (and no plans for a real baby anytime soon), I feel like I fall in the middle of the spectrum.
2. Life at 25 is still dealing with acne breakouts while beginning to worry about wrinkles. It sucks, people.
3. Life at 25 is starting to make decisions not just because of immediate wants, but because of long-term needs. (Hello, home down payments, rainy day funds, and life insurance!) While patience and delayed gratification aren’t always fun, it’s usually worth it in the end.
4. Life at 25 is being so very thankful for your professional job (and starting to feel like it’s no longer appropriate to call it your “big girl job”). Going to college during the height of the recession, you know it’s a blessing to have a job that uses your degree and allows you to earn a good living. That said, you still spend many Monday mornings wishing you could time-travel back to college when you knew nothing and had nothing but were blissfully ignorant and much less tired.
5. Life at 25 is realizing that while you still want to be young, you no longer are. There’s a younger generation doing crazy things you can’t understand and using slang that makes no sense to you. Your generation is moving on to the next stage in life. While it’s scary to get older and leave youth behind, it’s also really exciting to see what comes next. Life is a journey and you’re entering the prime of it.
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