Today I turn 25. For most people I know who come upon this number, the thought is sad or scary or overwhelming. And it used to be for me, but now, I find myself really excited about turning 25, much to the confusion of many people. So in answer to “Why are you excited about 25?!” :
I am literally in a different hemisphere then what I originally thought I would be. Once upon a time I thought I would be living in Vegas and on my way to running a hotel on the strip by 25. But dreams change in life as what we really want starts to change. Reflecting upon that original dream, I am so glad that my intentions did not go the way I imagined. I would have missed out on so many crazy good times had that been the case. I would have not crossed paths with all the wonderful people that are in my life. These are all moments and relationships I would not change for a lifetime.
I think many of us imagine ourselves at a certain point of accomplishment by 25. I think we imagine that we would have it all figured out by then, and just be going along a straight path in life. If we are not at that point by this age, we have failed. But the truth is, there is no “having it figured out”. Even when a person thinks they are settled and “have it all”, life can change. Nothing is ever stable or a guarantee. Sometimes what you originally thought you wanted can change out of the blue, and you are set on a new path in life with the original plan being tossed out the window. Even when you reach that perfect picture of life, you keep striving for more because we are always driven by wanting that something more.
So let us embrace it. Embrace the idea that that life can be anything we want it to be at any given time. Embrace that our original plan is not going to work out. Embrace the excitement that comes with knowing life is going to be an adventure. Embrace the unexpected future because it will never be how we imagined. Embrace that it all happens for a reason.
Whether we are 15, 25, 30, 40 or 50 embrace that we are exactly where we need to be and where we want to be is entirely within our grasp.
So that is why I am embracing 25 with open arms. Because despite it not going as planned, I would not change any of the past 24 years for anything. Every single moment that has brought me here, was worth it. I am so thrilled that I am reaching this milestone halfway across the world from all that I know, in a city such as London and it makes me want to welcome what the rest of my 20’s will bring.
So cheers to 25 and what is just the beginning of my life filled with something more than planned.
– xoxo Veronica