One week today, I’ll be celebrating my 27th birthday. I can’t quite believe I’m almost 30 and I certainly don’t feel mature enough to be. I often find myself reflecting on recent years before birthdays as I’m sure many of us do, and in a way it makes me feel sad. As a teenager, I was so desperate to grow up. As an adult, I feel like my life is flying by sometimes and before I know it, I’ll be on my way to 40.
When did I get to this stage in my life?
Do you ever find yourself thinking about how much your life has changed and how much you’ve grown as a person, an adult? For me it’s in the little things like driving myself to work in the morning, paying the rent and bills or cooking dinner with my fiancé. Then there’s that, I’m getting married next year! It all seems a bit surreal in a way. This year we got our first house together (rented) and it feels like we are actually married. It’s a place we’ve made home, a safe haven for me to come back to after a stressful day at work. As silly as it sounds, it’s stuff like this that I can’t quite believe.
Make the most of your youth whilst you can
I was in a pet shop with my sister once and we bumped into two (super cute) old ladies. It turned out they were also sisters. They were so lovely and giggled about how we reminded them of them when they were younger. It was such a sweet moment and I remember thinking, “That will be us one day”. It makes me think about how I need to make the most of my youthful self whilst I can. As much I love lazy days and naps, one day my life might be just that. I hope this isn’t too depressing, my point here is that I’ve come to the realisation that I want to look after my physical and mental health, enjoy the moment (my New Years resolution) and make the most of the time I have with family and friends.
Last year I didn’t really make any plans for my birthday. I went home with my fiancé to see my family, but we didn’t go for dinner or have anything planned at my own request. At this point my life, I was only just coming to terms with my anxiety and it was almost as if I felt I didn’t deserve to celebrate it (it sounds strange, I know). However, I’ve come on leaps and bounds with my mental health in the last year and I’m actually looking forward to celebrating my birthday this year. I’m going for Nando’s and dessert with my fiancé, and when I say dessert, I mean those fancy parlours full of waffles, cakes and ice cream. I’ve actually made plans and I’m excited! I really do enjoy the little things in life these days 🙂
My bucket list of things to do before I’m 30
I decided to make a bucket list of things to do before my 30th Birthday. The list is only small at the moment and includes things like:
- Get a tattoo
- Go horse riding
- Start a blog (that’s one off the list)
- Go snowboarding (my fiancé and I went for our anniversary – it was a fun but scary experience)
That’s all I really have so far. It’s nice to have mini challenges to work towards, but not so much so that I’d be disappointed if I didn’t complete any of them. I guess in a way, it’s a form of self care, experiencing new things and not letting my anxiety limit me. If you can think of any fun ideas to add to the list, let me know in the comments👇😬
The here and now
As my 27th birthday approaches, I’m welcoming it with open arms. I may no longer be the youngest person in the office and I do have friends that don’t know what a cassette tape is, but it comforts me knowing that that my friends and family are on this same journey with me. So, with that in mind, here’s to the present and my last week of being 26🤗