And so I turn 26….
Today’s a special day. It’s my birthday! I officially turned 26 at exactly 9:15 a.m this morning.
*ques flying confetti and birthday cake*
Thoughts buzzed through my mind as I approached this specific age. I’m no longer an early 20-something year old anymore. I’m closer to my thirties now, and I still haven’t wrapped my mind around that yet.
As I woke up this morning, I reflected back on all my fondest memories and lessons during my 25th year. Thankfully I survived my quarter life crisis lol!
I thought about listing 25 lessons and thoughts. Let’s face it though, twenty-five thoughts is a lot. So I’m keeping it short and sweet and listing five of my most memorable lessons from my 25th year and what I plan to carry with me during my 26th year.
So here’s what I learned:
1. 25 & 26 is NOT OLD
I repeat, your later twenties is not old. I learn that being single and childless in your twenties is not a punishment, and it doesn’t mean you’re an old spinster. Living in the Bible-belt southern region, I receive A LOT of pressure and jokes that I need to hurry and get married or have a child. I don’t know about you but I’d rather not live like a middle-age soccer mom complaining about my husband and kids at only 26. I would much rather live my life, travel, and create unforgettable memories.
2. Doing Things On Your Own Alone is Awesome
Looking back, I created wonderful memories by myself. An example of this is when I went to see Katy Perry by myself. No one could afford to go with me so it was either skip out on an event of a lifetime or go by myself. And you know what? I had so much fun I didn’t even notice I was alone. Another example is when I took a photography class by myself. I learned so much and met new friends. People seem to think being alone or doing things on your own is sad or miserable, but it’s not. Sometimes you learn more about yourself and what you can handle when you do it alone versus having people there to comfort you.
3. Taking Risk
Now this one sounds pretty cliche. We’re fed the age-old line to take risk and make bold steps in order to grow and live, and they’re right. Now this doesn’t mean jumping out of airplanes and swimming with sharks (unless you’re into that stuff then kudos to you!). It simply means taking action you wouldn’t otherwise do because you’d sweat blood of fear. For me, taking risks is talking to my crush face-to-face or getting on an airplane to jet off to Italy. But once you realize you didn’t die, you want to risk more. Your fear shrinks and your courage rises.
4. My God, My Jesus Is Not Limited To a Book or a Building
This isn’t something new or recent, but I really feel this more than ever. I love my God, my Jesus, and I consider myself a Christian, but I realize that God is not limited to just a book or a building. He’s everywhere. He’s the cool breeze on a hot summer day. He’s the sweetness from a refreshing glass of ice tea. He’s the laughter among a group of friends. I feel Him in everything and see Him in everyone. What I have with Him is romantic, passionate, wild, and something you can’t just read or listen about. I refuse to limit Him in a box and create a cookie cutter version.
5. Death Metal is Awesome
So if you read my post with 20 random facts about me (seen here) then you know I listen to death metal. Even when I was little, I always enjoyed the sounds of heavy metal. I don’t know why but it always drew me in. This past year I finally invested in listening to death metal on my Pandora station. Now it’s all I listen to. It’s weird, but I feel closer to God every time I hear the screams and pounding drums. By the way, Christian death metal exist and it’s amazing! I can’t do fluff, sweet music. Perhaps it’s my quiet introverted side but when I listen to the chaotic loudness, some part of my reserved controlled self is released. It’s a balancing act really. Also, check out my favorite song right now here!
So there you have it!
So what do you think of this post? What are some things you learned this year on your birthday? Let me know below in the comments!