I turned 23 at the beginning of 2017. Now, having a full year to digest it all, I can say that Blink may have been onto something.
It was a year of endings and new beginnings. I graduated college and entered the workforce, or more accurately, attempted to enter. I traveled to unexpected places, met quirky people, and made new plans.
When you are in your early 20’s, there seem to be all sorts of expectations for what you should be doing with your life. If you aren’t advancing towards a career, building a family, or achieving other lofty goals, you are written off as immature or lost.
While I didn’t accomplish anything overtly incredible this past year, I made it through tough times and learned a lot. I think it is more important to learn from tough times than to berate yourself for not being where you’re told you should be.
You may have seen it, but I saw an infographic this year that really spoke to me. It asked the viewer two simple questions. Do you have a problem? Can you do anything about it? The premise is that when we face a hard time, we have two possibilities. Either we can do something to remedy the issue, or we can’t, in which case we have no reason to worry about it anymore. In my case, I can’t do anything about what other people expect of me. I can only do what I can do, which is to live and learn and grow.
In February 2018, I will be traveling the world to New Zealand. I got a working holiday visa, a plane ticket, and I have zero plans past that. It is daunting, to say the least, because I have no idea what will happen while I am there.
Soon I’ll be 24. I still don’t have life sorted out. I don’t have an exciting career to climb or anything that people seem to believe I should have at this point in my life, but I do have a lot to look forward to this year. I don’t know where life will take me, but I do know that I will learn a lot, see unexpected places, meet quirky people, and make new plans.