Looking back on my twenties is a tough task. It requires a lot of emotional strength that at times I’m not sure I have.
For many, the twenties are a huge growth period in life. You change from being a child to being an adult. You do a lot of growing up and maturing. I certainly did.
From getting too drunk with my friends in college in my early twenties, to gallivanting around a new city and learning new things in my mid-twenties, to finally having stability in a job and somewhat of my adult life figured out in my late twenties, it’s been a hectic and crazy journey. I’ve definitely stumbled many times. I’ve had to learn things the hard way, but I wouldn’t change it for a second.
Throughout all of the crazy twists and turns and ups and downs of my twenties, I wouldn’t be standing here today, the changed person I am, without all of those experiences over the last decade. I’ve changed into a different person. I’m amazed at what I’ve been through and the person I’ve become.
We all have unique experiences that shape who we are. We might have periods in our life that make us embarrassed or ashamed, but without those times, we wouldn’t have growth. Hopefully, if we are lucky, and if we find the strength, we will be able to stand above those experiences, looking down on them with wisdom and gratitude, thanking them for carrying us to where we are today.
So, despite all the stumbles and falls that I experienced, and despite the hardships that I had to go through, I know I’m not alone. It’s a part of growing up and life that everyone goes through. I’m proud of who I’ve become today at 29 years old. I’ve grown into a different person who’s been shaped and changed by all the good and bad and scary and wonderful experiences of these last 10 years. I still have so much to learn about life and about myself, but I’m grateful for what I’ve been through. Now I can begin to look ahead to what the next decade will bring.
I hope to experience life in a way I’ve never experienced it before. I hope to fall in love, not only with another person, but with myself and with life. I hope to truly enjoy each moment and make the best of it, realizing that each fleeting experience is one I should cherish and hold close to my heart.
So, here’s to my twenties. Thank you for teaching me all of the hard lessons you taught me and for molding me into the strong woman that I am today. I’ll remember you with gratitude and look forward to the future with a smile on my face, ready for what’s to come.