Entering your ‘late’ twenties - Anxiety vs. Peace

The other day I told someone I was turning 26 this year. This sounds all fine and dandy, except for the fact that I’m actually turning 27. WOW, why does 27 sound so much older than 26?!

26 is right after 25, and 25/26 are considered to be your mid-twenties. But, 27… nope! That’s late twenties for sure… that’s only 3 years from … 30 … oh my gosh!

The good news though, these are natural feelings. We all get that gut wrenching feeling as our birthday approaches at some point in our lives. Aging is scary, it’s the unknown. It’s also inevitable, exciting, and un-predictable.

Although the thought of turning 27 slightly gives me an anxiety attack it also gives me peace.

Over the years I have learned;

-Supporting one another is one of the most important things you can do

-Going to bed often after midnight is over rated

-Quality is more important than quantity when it comes to friendship

-Relationships are like flowers; you get out of it what you put into it

-Being happy is a choice, not always an easy one, but a choice indeed

-The bad boy is probably not good for you

-I am so happy my parents taught me good mannerism

-Family is the most important thing in the world

-You’re never too old to learn or try something new

And a lesson I’m still trying to learn… just let it go, try not to worry so much… So often, the things we worry about our pointless. They are the things that we forget days, or weeks later. They are moments that pass by, and soon don’t seem important. Instead we should be focused on loving more, helping others, and being kind.

Despite the wisdom I have gained over the years, it’s hard not to compare yourself to others. Sometimes we feel inadequate, when really, there is no reason to! Sometimes I look back on a decision and think ‘yep, you really messed that one up’ and sometimes I think ‘I’m the only person who expects my life to be perfect at my age.’ Sometimes we feel inadequate but we must remember there are times that we ALL feel this way. I'm sure if I surveyed all of you, there's a part of your life that isn't 'perfect' yet either. The point is, we are all learning every day, and bettering ourselves should be a daily goal.  Life isn’t perfect, and happiness isn’t a destination, but a journey. 

Within the past year I made a game changing decision. I wanted to pursue writing. Although I have some amazing clients, I’m still not making millions, or writing enough to be busy full time. I don't know if I'll ever write full time, but it really doesn't matter. It's something I truly love, and as long as I keep it as a hobby I know I'll be happy. 

What I do know is; I’m learning every day. I’m realizing that business is tough work, and inspiration and motivation can be tough to find, but comes from within. Times can be challenging, but those same times were put in front of you to promote you. To increase your strength and character. Being positive when things seem to be going wrong isn't always easy, but it is essential. Whatever you are going through, it will pass, and you can almost guarantee someone out there is going through the same thing, probably even tougher. 

I read this quote that made me think and I’d like to share it with you…

‘In your teens you can’t help but care what everyone else thinks of you. In your twenties you learn not to care what everyone thinks of you. In your thirties you learn everyone’s too busy and really don’t care to think about you.

I don’t know what my future has in store, but I’m excited to find out what it is.

Cheers. To your late twenties, and everything after that. To not saying ‘It’s all downhill from here’ but instead saying, now that warm up is done, I’m ready for the real game…