Reflections of a now-24-year-old


It’s my birthday! It’s my birthday! We gonna party like it’s my birthday! I’m really excited because even though today is going to be a fairly low-key day, my friends and I are headed down to Kansas City to celebrate joint birthdays. It’ll be wonderful to get away for a couple days and explore a new city.

Seeing as how today is that special day that rolls around once a year, I thought I’d take some time to reflect on my 23rd year and the lessons I’ve learned. One of the reasons I love blogging is because it allows me to visualize the past year, what’s happened, where I was, etc. On to the reflections:

  1. I don’t know everything. This is something I seem to learn every day in a new capacity. I’ve always been a bit of a nerd with a love of learning, so it’s exciting to me to know  I have so much more to learn and to experience in the coming years.
  2. Becoming more confident in who I am is a beautiful thing. If you asked me to describe myself, one of the words I’d use is introverted. That’s not to say that I’m shy, but I tend to reenergize when I’m allowed to be by myself or with a few close friends. I used to think this was an undesirable quality, but as I grow older, I realize how valuable it is to be comfortable enough with yourself to be with just yourself and your thoughts (and maybe a book or ten).
  3. Fewer friends are better friends. Speaking of being introverted, I find my friend group getting smaller as the years pass. And that’s OK. The friendships I have are the ones I deem valuable, and they’re the ones I want to pour as much of myself into as possible. I’d rather know a few people well than know a lot of people in a shallow sense.
  4. I’m glad I didn’t get married right after college. Not that I’m saying that’s a bad thing because I’ve had many friends who are happily married right out of college. But I’ve been grateful for this time in my life when I’ve grown more and more comfortable in who I am (without needing a man to lean on). It’s been empowering knowing that I can support myself and live the life I want to live on my own terms. (But if you know of any single and looking ginger guys, hook a girl up! Just kidding. But not.)
  5. Never say no to a cupcake. I’ve deemed this as my life motto. I am a sugar-holic, and I must admit that there are some days when I beat myself up inwardly about my less-than-perfect body. I'm very slowly trying to learn what balance is in terms of healthy eating and (grrr) exercising. But I’m trying to come at this new thinking by telling myself that I want to be here on earth for many years to come, and one of the best ways to insure that happens is by living more healthy. That being said, though, sometimes a girl needs a cupcake, and I’m vowing to work on not beating myself up for those moments of “weakness.”

So … now it’s your turn! Any wisdom for me as I get ready to take on my 24th year? I’d love to hear in the comment section below!