Do you remember when your mum or dad would say, ‘once you hit 21 the years will go fast and you’ll be 40 before you know it’? Yeah, me too.
Birthday’s come around so quick. In 9 days, I turn 24-years-old and I’m prettified and not because it’s time for me to adult but because time is ticking and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.
Usually, around my birthday, I opt for a new piercing or tattoo, the minimalistic version of a 40-year-old melodramatic midlife crisis. So, there’s no new cars or boob jobs coming my way yet.
Last year I went on a four-day party bender. I was pretty chuffed with my efforts. However, this year is different. I’m another year older, I don’t drink as much as I used to and I don’t particularly enjoy the nightlife; only because I work in hospitality every weekend.
It’s weird because I swear last year I turned 21. I used to say 18, but if I’m being completely honest with myself that was 6 years ago, ouch.
I feel like I haven’t accomplished as much as I should have. I often compare myself to others, which I know isn’t healthy but I am a born and bred Piscean. Apparently, it’s what we do.
I’ve gotten to an age where I’m stuck in my ways and I know I need to make some changes in my life.
This year, instead of having a crazy bender-weekend, I am going to make some changes in my life and put my happiness first by:
- Quitting a job that no longer makes me happy
- Battling my depressing and anxiety head on
- Working on my happiness
- Stop living in fear
- Start taking risks
- Stop comparing myself to others
- Not becoming complacent in life
- Sharing kindness
- Following my passions
- Discovering new hobbies
This is probably the most mature and adult way to handle this situation. Next time, you hear your parents say, ‘don’t wish your life away’. Don’t! Simple, because time never stops and we never stop growing.
If you can promise yourself something, make sure every day counts for something.