I love those ah-ha moments prompted by others. I can readily recall one day at a friend’s house when I was 22; I was lamenting that while all our friends where graduating college I was only just about to begin. My friend looked at me with a look that was a cross between exasperation and incredulity – “but look at all you’ve done! You’ve had experiences none of us had.” She was right and it’s a lesson that has stuck. My path was my own and it didn’t follow the more traditional path of many of my peers but it had given me so much more than I could have imagined.
Last week I got to reuse that lesson. You see, I turned 30 last week. For some reason that feels like a huge milestone, 30. It is the first birthday that really made me freak out a little inside. You see I am not where I expected to be when I turned 30 – at least not where a younger, say 18-year-old, me expected me to be - but you know what? That’s ok! I just need to adjust those expectations. The journey I have taken has been so much more fun and so much more interesting than anything I could ever have planned. So while I mourn a little where I thought I would be, I also want to celebrate what I have done.
Hitchhiking in Corfu, Greece