So where do we go from there? Do we continue living out the dreams of others, or do we start over? This is a question that I have asked myself over the past few weeks, especially with my birthday coming up. I can honestly say that I have no idea. All I do know is that the first twenty-five years of my life have been a whirlwind of emotions. I have my graduate degree, been in and out of love, and fostered friendships that I hope will last at least another twenty-five years. I have listened to the opinions of my family members and done things that were not necessarily what I wanted. I have also been brave, and ventured on my own. Do I want to start over? Sometimes. But overall, I am content with the cards that I have been dealt.
What I do know is that being alive is a privilege. It is a gift that I have to cherish and honor to the fullest. As a new birthday and a new year is upon me, I will take the time to reflect on the lessons that I have learned, the mistakes that I have made, and the obstacles that I have overcome. More than likely, I will make more mistakes, and find more obstacles. Still, I will try to live an authentic life where happiness and peace play a focal role. And If I need to start over, I hope I find the courage to do so.
I encourage all twenty-somethings to take the time and assess where they are in life. If they are living for their truest selves, or simply being what others want them to be. The answers never come easy, but that’s the beauty of it all.