Next week, I am turning 20 years old. Wow. Where has the time gone? It feels like not too long ago, I was 7 years old with not a care in the world, or sixteen, when my biggest concern was whether or not that boy liked me. This picture is from my 18th birthday and that simultaneously feels like it was two years ago and just yesterday.
I think each decade birthday is a big milestone. I mean beating teen pregnancy is a pretty big deal!! This marks another ten years that you’ve blessed other people with your existence. Another ten years of time that you’ve spent making observations about the world around you. This time was spent making new friends, losing some old ones, laughing, crying, thinking, creating, writing, learning, exploring, traveling, and experiencing things either alone or with those you care about.
I can’t help but think how much has happened from 2007-2017.
I’ve seen myself go through terribly hard times, but overcome them and grow into an amazing young woman, and I am excited to continue living my life as I finish college in two years and am thrown into the whirlwind of young adulthood. From what I gather, your twenties are one of the few times in your life where you feel the most free. It’s okay to still be figuring life out.
I have to say though, I’m feeling super nostalgic about my pre-teen and teenage years this week. These were such formative years of my life. I finished middle school, started high school, graduated high school, and started my college experience. What’s interesting to me is the fact that I remember so much from this past decade. When I was turning 10, I could only remotely remember a couple of years before, but nothing from when I was younger than 4 years old.
My teenage years were when I started to find myself, as everyone else does. Through the 80s, 90s, and 2000s teenage romantic comedies, countless Ed Sheeran songs, rediscovering (and actually liking) classic rock, turning over to dramas and documentaries, I began to feel comfortable with my likes and dislikes. I started to take more risks and put myself out there. I learned how to be more independent.
I know that I have a long way to go in my twenties, as people are always changing, but now, instead of hating change like I used to, I am embracing it. Change is what keeps the world exciting. Instead of living in my comfort zone, I want to live in other places and see what the world has to offer. I want to continue to experience things and feel like I can do anything.