Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m someone who loves living a life full of color and joy. Today, I turned 27, that’s my late twenties! That’s crazy to me, and I don’t mean in that way a lot of people do. To me another birthday, a higher number, it’s not a negative thing. I hate when people feel terrible about getting older, or really look down on it. When did we put such a negative value on aging?
To me getting older is a way of looking at the amazing, and beautiful things you’ve accomplished in your time. This is when I make my real resolutions, not on New Year’s Day. “What am I going to do in 27 to make it awesome? What did I accomplish at 26 that I can add to in 27?” Getting older is a personal journey, and what you do with your time is for you. I don’t believe in comparing my successes and failures to those of my age. That’s dumb, and honestly not a fair system for judgement. One life, does not fit all.
Aging is something I’ve chosen to embrace. In 27 years I’ve graduated college TWICE, I’ve gotten married, I’ve managed to keep a dog alive, I’ve made my own very small business, I’ve lived 1000 miles away from my family for 6 years, I’ve learned to wakeboard, I’ve found a love for photography, and a whole lot of other crazy things. I’ve had a lot of failures too because I’m not perfect. See the life I’m living is the one I want to be living. No one wrote a handbook for it, but the one I’m writing along the way.
So, 27. What am I going to do with you? First I will pop champagne because every birthday demands a celebration. Then we’re going to wear a birthday crown because you’re still a human. We’re going to cuddle our sweet pup even if she doesn’t want to. We will pack up our lives in boxes and move into our first home. Then we will learn 3 new hobbies this year. We will travel somewhere we love. We will take our creativity serious and make our small business a little less small. After that, the options are endless for this year, and half the fun is in what is to come.
I like aging, call me crazy but I do. I like knowing I’ve added another chapter in my book. I hope I never wake up and de-value my age and what it’s brought me. Plus I’m over halfway to an AARP card and a senior citizen discount. SCORE!
I’ll leave you with this? What will you do with this next year of life to make it awesome? Leave your comments below.