So today I turn 25.
First off, thanks Mommy, for your sacrifices 25 years ago!
Aside from no longer being in the 20-24 age group when I race, I guess turning 25 is pretty exciting. I’ll get a sweet new discount on my car insurance. I’ve already gotten tons of cool coupons for free ice cream from Cold Stone, a free burger from Red Robin (which probably won’t get used since it’s in Columbia, but anyway), and free sandwiches from both Scholotzsky’s and Firehouse subs. I’m really racking it up- all the reason to sign up for e-mail mailing lists :).
I also got this awesome ice cream sundae when my product team took me to Redbone Alley on Tuesday. Thanks ACS People development team peeps!
In the spirit of effective technical writing, I’m going to use a bulleted list! Here are some cool things about turning 25:
- You get a pretty awesome car insurance discount.
- Older people still tell you that you’re “still so young”… so live it up!
- Older people also tell you that you’ve still got a lot left to learn… but you still have a lot of time left to learn it, too :).
- The skin care “anti-aging” lines like Avon have products for women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s- so you’re still five years away from having your own special “decade” of age concerns.
- It’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to rent a car. If Clay and I decide to take a non-cruise vacation, I guess that will come in handy.
- You’re only 10 years away from being able to run for president in 2020… guess I better start working on my campaign, huh?
- No one can tell you that you’re not an adult. Except maybe those ladies at the gym who insisted that I was 14 and made the instructor go to the membership database to verify that I was old enough to take a group fitness class ;).
- You still have a few more years to be young and stupid (unless you’re planning that 2020 presidential run). After all, you’ll never be old and wise unless you’re young and stupid.
- The music you listened to as a teen isn’t on the oldies station yet.
- If you’re turning 25 this year, you’re the same age as Mario.
- You’re also the same age as MTV’s The Real World, but you’re now too old to try out.
For many people, 25 is a really tough birthday. Supposedly, saying goodbye to your early 20s causes a lot of turmoil for people, something called a Quarter-life crisis. Mid-twenty somethings are financially stressed, frustrated, insecure, disappointed with life, and longing for college days.
Not to mention, they also give in and even lower their expectations for life, thinking that others are doing better than themselves and being frustrated at the Real World (The real “Real World”. Not because they’re too old to audition for the MTV version).
I’m so proud to NOT be a part of that statistic! Sure, I’ve had my share of doubts about what I was doing with my life- whether I really wanted to be in my career path and doubting my abilities as a writer, realizing that I’m one of the few people who I graduated high school with that isn’t married and/or parenting kids, questioning friendships and relationships, and wondering about the “What-Ifs”.
But what if I look at it this way:
- YOU have to be confident in your work abilities and career choice. You have to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, don’t expect others to believe in you.
- No job ever pays enough, but if you do what you love and love what you do, you won’t need a huge salary to be happy. As a writer, I don’t exactly work in a money-making field… but it’s still a great life, it’s what I love to do, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
- By waiting to get married, I know that I’ve chosen the right mate and that we’re both mature enough to understand what a marriage is. Not saying that people who get married young don’t have that- many do, but after a five year relationship, we know we’re not rushing into anything.
- By waiting to have kids, Clay and I both have been able to seriously think about how we were raised and how we want to raise our kids. We know we’ll be mature enough when the time comes. Once again- people mature at different rates, and there are some great young parents out there, but we know what’s right for us.
- Why worry about the “What If” questions? In fact, why worry at all? Life’s what happens when you spend all of your time worrying, longing for the past or wishing for the future.
Oh, and before I forget, my first Friday 5K of the second quarter of my life:
28:25 (9:09/mi pace)
*Raises glass* Here’s to the next quarter of life. May it be as awesome as the first!