Hello SOTGC community,
I have been waiting. I have been waiting a long time to realize something that I should have realized long ago. My 23-year-old brother asked me when he should expect life to slow down, and I thought for a long while before responding back with “I don’t know because it hasn’t for me yet.” It’s true.
Up until my early 20’s my biggest commitments were studying and socializing. Literally, my life revolved around a balance of these two essential pieces, and, back then, it was the hardest thing in the world. I managed to walk that fine line of keeping my scholarship and attending as many frat parties as possible, so it was surely a surprise to me when the rest of my 20’s unfolded.
Almost five years after graduation, I’ve realized not only how packed my life has been, but also how fast it was moving. Weekends have been filled with weddings, baby showers, friends’ birthdays, and all of the important moments that I had always taken for granted. Because of everyone’s unique paths in life, I’ve found that the more years that pass, the more effort it takes to maintain these valuable friendships that were once so easy to keep. Not only am I celebrating my friend’s milestones, but also I’m celebrating my own. It takes time and effort to build a healthy relationship, and now that I’m engaged, I am planning my wedding. My 20’s have also made me realize the importance of my faith and I set aside time to strengthen my relationship with God. My health has also stepped up to the plate in the recent years. When I was young, my body just worked out in my favor; but now I have to hit the gym or spend an extra few minutes to put some SPF on my face. Family has gotten more important as I realize how important they SHOULD have been when I was partying away my early 20’s. Gone are the days where I could skip class and lay in bed until 11. Every weekday, I am at work at least eight hours a day, and outside of work I am involved in extracurricular activities that help me develop my leadership skills. I have also found new hobbies that bring peace to my hectic schedule; never would I have thought that I would enjoy art museums. Lastly, I am happy to say that I now want to see a world that is bigger than what I knew in my early 20’s. This means traveling, immersing myself in different cultures, and having a genuine respect for people that are different from what used to be my small world.
These are all big pieces that I have to balance in my mile-a-minute life but I wouldn’t change it for the world because these new things that I’m juggling have made me who I am today. I hope that your 20’s have grown to be as crazy and beautiful as mine has.
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