Obligatory Birthday Post + Give Me Encouragement

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Last week, I turned 25.

A year ago, I was on a plane, going home. I was upset at having to wake up early to get to the airport, upset that I would spend my day on airport benches and in too-small plane seats.

I was afraid of the future. I didn’t know how I was going to spend the next year. I felt like I was on the edge, looking into an abyss that was only too eager to swallow me whole.

I wish I could say that I worried for nothing, that I went on to have an absolutely fabulous year that ended with me riding into the sunset.

I had a turbulent year. It felt like every aspect of my life was falling apart- career, health, relationships.

In the past year, I’ve discovered that the quarterlife crisis is real. it’s all “What am I doing with my life? Where am I going? Is this all there is?”

I will say, though, that I grew a lot, out of all my trials in the past year. It has been a painful process, but I could feel myself growing and stretching, my mind expanding to accept the challenges. This is probably the only thing that kept me getting out of bed every morning and doing what I needed to do to get through every day.

I’m still trying to find my way through this puzzle called life. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the point where I’ll feel settled, or feel like I can finally exhale. I’m just trying to keep my goals in sight, and do my best each day to get where I want to be.

The days are long, but the years go by fast.

I’d like to thank you reading this. Wherever you are in the world, the fact that you’re out there on the other end of my screen is such a marvel to me. I appreciate your eyeballs, and I absolutely mean that in a weird way.

In lieu of cake and gifts from you lovely people, I’m asking for words of wisdom. How did you feel when you were 25? Has your life been easier or harder since your mid-twenties? If you are in the quarter-life boat like me, what keeps you going?

Cheers!


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4 thoughts on “Obligatory Birthday Post + Give Me Encouragement

  1. I’m only 22 years old, but I can relate to the thing you said in this post. At this point in time of my life I’m thinking of how can I be settled and when would that happen to a person who is just starting a job. Being settled is a hard to accomplish, especially when you lack courage and confidence to go on with your life. I really believe the key to be satisfied in life is when you already achieved your dreams and at the same time did the best that you can do for it. Thanks for sharing your story.

  2. I’ve come to a point where I’ve realized that at each point in time in life, there’s something to grapple with. So, my advice is to take the days one at a time and giving my best for each day.

    1. This is wise counsel. I struggle with taking things one day at a time, because I worry so much about the future. I’ll try to remember this.

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