Day 44: Quarter Life, Crisis Need Not Apply
So today marks my 25th year of life and I gotta say WOW. In my time here, I’ve been gifted with a ton of experience. I’ve had a lot of ups and a lot of downs; a lot of terrible bleak moments and a lot of bright, exciting moments too. There are so many instances that I wish I could erase and yet, (long) after the fact, I’m glad the pieces fell as they did.
Cuz you know hindsight is 20/20.
I think that all of our experiences in life define us as people, give us walls to come up against, to climb or to cower at and to give us chances to reinvent ourselves however we want. Thankfully, at the young age of 25, I am happy with the ways that I’ve dealt with the wonderful and stressful alike. While not perfect (nowhere close), I do pride myself on my ability to remain compassionate in the face of adversity, passionate when others may not understand why I want to change Beauty in Canada into an automatic Green Beauty and strong when others are unable to be so. I also think that my determination and resilience coupled with my analytic and detail loving nature will get me far. For these reasons I learned to recognize that I can take pride in myself and say out loud hell YEAH, owning my own business, even if it’s only in start up mode (before the age of 25), is incredible.
*Pats herself on the back*
While we’re on the topic, I’d just like to add that the whole process of turning a year older has really given me cause for thought. On one hand I could be worried about wrinkles and not getting carded at the LCBO, or even be worried about all the things that I don’t know yet, that I feel a sense of competition between me and me or me and the world. But age, or I guess perhaps even wisdom, allows me to put down all of those issues and focus on the important things at hand.
I want to work towards being a good person, a great Businesswoman and becoming my own ideal for what inspiration looks like. As selfish as it may sound, I want to know that I kicked 25’s butt, did it on my own terms, and without a care for the words Quarter Life Crisis…
I guess what I want to say is that yes, today may be a milestone for me, but for you, you can also take this time to set yourself up for something great, for your own personal milestones. We all deal with the icky transitions in life and 25 or any age really, doesn’t have to be cause for a crisis, but rather a gradual maturing, kind of like the beginnings of a fine wine that will have the long, wonderful, rich, finish that we (I mean wine lovers here) all long for.
So here’s to me, to my quarter of a century birthday. I raise two glasses; one for myself and all of my own accomplishments and one for all of my close friends and you, who are transitioning right along with me in synchronicity, in your own lives. I take heart in knowing where we’ve collectively come from and I look forward to the bright road ahead.