It’s my birthday! I am turning 25 today and I honestly can not believe it. Although I know 25 is not very old, but for whatever reason it feels really old to me. Like the jump from 24 to 25 sounds like a whole lot more than just one year!
To celebrate my 25th birthday I thought it would be fun to write 3 main things I have learned in my 25 years of life.
- You know that saying that goes, “you do not find the happy life you make it?” I have learned how incredibly true that statement is. I was very heavily involved in high school and being involved brought me tons of joy and purpose. I was always busy with sports and extra curriculars that I never even had the time to get bored or feel lonely. After I finished high school I found that finding joy and filling my life with purpose were going to be more difficult tasks. It was all my own responsibility now. One of my favorite bloggers (Merrick’s Art) talks about the idea of “making your own sunshine” I have grown to love this saying and have started to adapt it into my own life as well. Essentially it means that if you want to have sunshine aka happiness in your life then do it. Plan your own birthday party, book the trip, start the blog, join the team or whatever it may be, just do it. You are in charge of your own happiness, so take charge and stop waiting for others to make you happy because more often than not you will end up disappointed. I still have a lot of learning to do in this category but it is something I am trying to get better at!
2. I’ve learned to follow my dreams and take chances. It is still crazy to me that I am actually a full blown real life nurse. You know when you dream of something for so long and then you get it, it almost does not feel real? That’s how I feel. I’ve dreamt of being a nurse for so long and to finally be here, is so crazy to me. Often times we only see the end result/ success of others dreams. But what we do not see is the “ugly” or hardest parts of it all. Nursing school was no joke. It was incredibly difficult and at times, I seriously considered if I had what it takes to be a nurse. Looking back now, I am so grateful I stuck with it through all the hard times. In the end it was all worth it. So with that remember, following your dreams may not always look pretty, but if you are truly doing something you want, all the hard will be worth it in the end, so keep going.
3. I’ve learned that I may not always have the answer to everything and that’s okay. If you have ever asked me about my future plans I will more often then not describe myself to you as a “planner.” I like always knowing what’s next, especially in my own life. What was really daunting to me this last year is the realization that I have never really thought much past the point of my college graduation. I had little ideas in mind but nothing concrete like I had before. As I have talked to other close friends who have finished school and started full time careers I have noticed that a lot of them feel the same way I do. It felt a little like I was having an identity crisis. Having been in school my entire life and then for it just to end, was such a weird process to go through. Of course I was excited to be finished, but going through school made it easy to know what was next at all times. Since my graduation in May and our last minute move across the country, I have started to learn and accept the facts that I do not always have the answers to everything. Moving from Utah to Maryland was a big deal for us, like I have written about in other blog posts before this, but what has always been strange to me is how quickly it felt like the right decision and how easy of a transition it has been for us. Moving was not part of my plan but how grateful I am that I do not always have all the answers. This move just proves that you can not always perfectly plan what’s best for you, at times you really do have to “go with the flow” and have faith it will all work out the way its suppose to.
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