So, I may be the biggest nerd in the world to actually typing an itinerary for my own birthday, but my husband and I are going to head up to North Alabama on Thursday to go thrifting! I usually have a pretty low-key birthday, and this year is really no different. I'm just super excited to go to some new thrift stores and that's good enough for me.
I'll be turning 29 on Thursday, and it's a bit surreal. I'll never forget what my late grandmother told me about getting older, "it's better than not getting any older." I remember this every time I lament adding another number onto my age. I think now that my twenties are close to the end, it seems more obvious that I only have so much time to live, and it doesn't seem like nearly long enough. It's also become more obvious to me over the last few months that I was not living the life I wanted. I wasn't really living life at all. When your life becomes work and little else, it's time to step back. And I'm so glad I did. I've learned more about myself in these last few months since I quit my job than I have in about a decade. I feel more like me for the first time in my life.
Since I feel a bit more grounded in my life now, it's so much easier to look towards the future in a positive way. I'm letting go of the ideals I had been convinced I had to follow. I don't have to have kids if I'm not ready. I don't have to pretend to have perfect relationships. I don't have to have one job for the rest of my life. I can shape my future to be whatever I want it to be. I know that's such a simple concept, but it's great when you realize you can actually do it.
So I'm going to savor this last year of my twenties. I'm convinced that it's going to be the best year ever.