25

While I’ve never been big on birthdays, today marks the start of the second half of my twenties. It shouldn’t be that momentous but somehow it feels like it.  The celebrations this weekend have made it feel as so- and I’m not complaining.

Maybe because I’m hoping that the next five years are full of confidence, stronger relationships with my loved ones, and more professional success.

The first half of my twenties were amazing. I finished my education, lived abroad for a while, did an internship in a field that interested me, got hired for a job that is a perfect fit for me, and I met and married my better half.

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So how on Earth could the next five years top that? I don’t know. I don’t even want to develop any expectations just because I do not want to end up disappointed. There is nothing more crushing than expecting so much and not getting anything in return.

I guess the internet, books, magazines, and the media tend to romanticize the 20s, seeing it as that one period where you’re not quite an adult. They often dismiss how confusing it can be to meet expectations and adjust to the world around you as you’re growing up.

I do know that I do not want to waste any chances that might come my way just because it doesn’t fall in my comfort zone. I feel like 25 is going to be all about seeing how I react to unfamiliar situations and how I can break the routine I often find myself in.

As with every birthday, it is a great opportunity to reflect on how things have gone and what we have learned. And I know that especially in the past year, my perspective has changed on many issues, while I’ve gotten more stronger and confident about other things that I have always cared for.

It’s always a great chance to thank those who have been instrumental in my life, without whom I would never be the same. They know who they are, and because listing all what they have done for me merits it’s own post, I’ll just stick to thanking them here for always being by my side.

I’m grateful for everything that has come my way and I am looking forward to what’s yet to come. But for now, I’m just going to go ahead and enjoy what’s left of my birthday. It has been a fantastic day.

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