If I could tell my younger self one thing it would be “sweetheart, you have nothing to fear.”
The thought of turning 30 was like the plague to me, dooms day. Okay, perhaps I am exaggerating (a little). Seriously though, it was a big deal for me. I was feeling prematurely old. My life had been leaded by expectations, greater demands, and high standards. I had it imprinted in my brain that at a specific age, I HAD to be married with children, I HAD to be advanced in my career, and I HAD to purchase my first home. Life demands seemed to be always increasing, and more responsibilities where always being thrown my way, which was creating a stressful atmosphere. When things didn’t go as planned, I felt so let down. I felt like a failure. I wasn’t happy with what I had, or where I was in my life. If I am being honest with myself, I was ungrateful, and I had a hard time seeing the positive in anything that was happening in and around my life. I see life through a much different lens now. I am so thankful for whatever life has brought my way, and what will continue to come my way.
The reality is, life will never go exactly as planned, it never will, ever, and that is perfectly okay. Life is not completely linear. This is why it is so important to be flexible, and simply just go with the flow. Change is really a beautiful thing, not something to be fearful of. Change brings on new challenges, opportunities, and life experiences. It is something that should be embraced.
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” —Henri Bergson
Self-discovering, a topic I will leave for another discussion, is how I discovered to truly love myself. Everything after that just started to fall into place.
What I am trying to say is age is really just a number, you only as old as you feel, and whatever you put into life, you will get from it.
Basic Life Lessons:
Challenge yourself, Take Risks, Chose happiness, Have Fun, Laugh always, Smile often.