So, tomorrow is my 25 birthday! I’m to officially be 1/4 of a century old 😭.
Getting here has been an amazing ride. I still can’t believe I’m this old. I remember when I was 18, my brother and sister were 24 and 25 and I remember thinking that it seemed like I’d never be that old and 24/25 felt so far away at the time. Now, I think back and wonder where the time went. It’s like I was 18 and then I blinked and all those years just sped past me.
I remember when I was little, after all the birthday excitement was over and I was laying in bed, I often cried. Not because the day was over and it wasn’t all about me anymore but because even then, I felt the strain of growing up. I feared my childhood would rush by all too quickly and I wasn’t quite ready for that. Ah, the plight of the youngest child…we grow up so fast because we have older siblings. I really felt that as a kid and it makes me sad now that I think back on how much I felt that.
But anyway, I’m planning on a really casual birthday celebration. Ryan and I will probably go to dinner somewhere easy and just do our usual thing. I was never really big on going all out for birthdays anyway. It even feels weird to be telling people my birthday is tomorrow. Even though I’m not big on birthdays and I normally don’t really get all that excited about birthdays, this one seems really exciting. Maybe it’s just because I know there are a lot of really exciting things coming in this 25th year, or maybe it’s just that I’m finally coming into my own. Who knows, but whatever it is, I’m happy to finally be here at 25.
Since I am now on the brink of 25 and the realization is hitting me that I am now on the down-slope to 30 😭, I’ve been thinking about a lot. Today, I wanted to share a list of just a few big things I’ve learned in the past 25 years of life.
- Be kind to one another. Love everybody you meet whether they be friend or foe. Everyone deserves kindness, and everyone deserves love.
- Try your very best. If, in the end, you still do not succeed, try again. Do not give up.
- Get a dog. In lonely times, sad times, thrilling times, and beyond, a dog will always love and be loyal to you.
- Find a like-minded, kind-hearted, genuine friend that you know will be there for you through thick and thin. Someone you can be honest with and there will be no hard feelings. Someone you can tell everything to and you know you can trust.
- Find a spouse you can call your best friend (different from the friend mentioned above). The person you share your life with better be your very best friend, otherwise, it’s going to be a long ride.
- Call your mom.
- Learn the art of listening without speaking. This will go a long way as a skill in life.
- Follow the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have other do unto you”.
- Be positive. Positivity breeds positivity and good things will follow an optimistic person.
- Finally, have you ever heard the poem “All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten”? Follow it’s advice:Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.These are the things I learned:Share everything.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life –
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
When I was in elementary school, our school office had a poster that simply said “All I really need to know, I learned in Kindergarten”. I never understood it when I was young but now, as an adult, I think back, and I get it now.
Honestly guys, it’s hard getting to 25. When I think back on all the things we go through, throughout our lives as girls, it’s a wonder we even make it to 25. But getting here has been an amazing journey. I’ve found who I am and in fact, I’m still learning more about myself everyday. I’ve grown into a (mostly) confident woman with aspirations, dreams, plans for the future. I’m really proud of how far I’ve come in my 25 years and I can’t wait to see what my future holds for me, what God has in-store for my future.
There’s only better things to come.
Until next time, loves.