I Am Slowly Learning To Embrace My Late 20s

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I’m slowly learning that I don’t have to have it all figured in my late 20s.

I just turned 27 in July. This age still seems foreign to me. I freeze and have to think for a moment whenever someone asks me how old am I. Yet I have to admit that I don’t hate that I’m getting older and I’m enjoying my current life now more than my early years.

When I turned 21, there was this pressure to find my purpose, chase after my dream, and to find the love of my life. I was devastated when life didn’t go according to plan and I was in constant fear that I wasn’t good enough. The setback that I faced felt like the end of the world and I struggled more than I wanted to admit. Then the years passed and mid-20s hit me. I felt slightly cheated that the life I envisioned I would have at 25 was out of my grasp and I was still struggling more than ever. I thought that somewhere along the way, things went horribly wrong because everything turned out to be so different than I wanted.

What I learned is that there is no such thing as a fixed correct path. Our dreams are always evolving and changing like us. It’s okay to carve out our own path and walk the road less traveled. It wasn’t easy and took me a while to get there but once I let go of the crazy expectation, the sky-high pressure, and the suffocating obligation, I found myself in a better place more at ease and contented with what I have.

I’m slowly accepting that I’m the lead character of my story and to do what is right for myself.

As I get older, I find myself focusing more on myself and less on what others think of me. I begin to trust my instinct more and allow myself to be selfish and put myself first. I empower myself with confidence, belief, and strength that I can attract the love that I deserve and accomplish all that I want. I face my troubles with determination and resilience understanding that there are good and bad days and better times are coming. I have faith that with each tribulation, I’m growing to be a stronger and ideal person of me.

I’m slowly embracing my late 20s knowing that they are some of the exciting years of my life.

I’m learning to let go of control and the idea of my life should be. Ultimately at the end of the day, I just want to do what feels right to me at my core and be truly happy. I want to live every day to the fullest and in the most fulfilled way possible. I want to hustle hard for my goals and continue to manifest my dream life. I want to be grateful to all the abundance of blessings and the irreplaceable people that make my journey so worthwhile.

I want to look back at my 20s- the lessons, the tears, the struggles, the exhilaration, and the memories and know that I won’t exchange any of it for the world. TC mark

Liane White

I write about falling in love and out of love.

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