Next week I’m turning 26.
I’ve always loved my birthday. Coming together with friends and family to celebrate is something I enjoy, especially if whatever we’re celebrating includes food.
So many people constantly say to me “you’re so young!” - and they’re right, I am.
However, this birthday has been a bit more difficult for me to wrap my head around. While 26 is so young (I KNOW), I’ve had a difficult time coming around on the fact that I’ll now officially be closer to 30 then 20.
While I’m perfectly aware that age is just a number, it was difficult in my mind to wrap my head around where I’m at in my life at the age of 26.
When I was younger (by younger I mean like, high school) I always thought I’d be married by 24, having kids by 26, and completely have it all figured out.
Good joke 16 year old Emma.
While I was struggling a little bit thinking about those things and how far I am from having anything figured out, I also took a moment to think about the massive changes that have taken place in my life in the last year, the person I’m growing into, and the things that I truly value and cherish.
I can confidently say that I’ve come more into myself in the last year then I think any other year. I’m trying to truly value things that make me happy and trying to put myself first more. Both things I struggled with in the past.
I also stopped giving so much weight to what people thought about me. This used to drive me INSANE, and while this is a work in progress I absolutely have improved on it.
I’ve also really started to look forward into my future, what I want out of it, what kind of jobs and companies I want to work for, what causes I’m passionate about, etc.
When I think about these things, it makes me excited for 26, and proud of the progress I’ve made up until this point. I’m excited about the person I’m becoming the older I get, and TBH if I think about the future I thought I should have at this age I’m so grateful I’m not quite there yet.
Every new year in our lives provides the opportunity to grow, and that’s something we should try our best to be excited about! No, we may not be where we thought we’d be by a certain age, or where our friends are, or the girl you stock on Instagram. But making the most of where you are currently and being proud of what you HAVE achieved is so so important.
So, cheers to 26, cheers to continuous growth, and cheers to what’s to come!