I’m more open to trying new things than I’ve been in the past. Whether it’s food, music, or places to visit, I’ve had experiences good and bad that I didn’t think would happen. There’s so many exciting things that I still want to try that a younger me would think I’m an alien or something.
I remember someone asking me on New Year’s Eve what my resolution is for this year. In my semi-sober state I told them, “I want to take the next steps in life.”
My 24th birthday is tomorrow and I got to thinking about where I’m at right now. This time last year I was coming off two job interviews, a bit of a rough patch personally, and seeing Rush in concert.
Now this year I’ve been at my job for almost a full year and am beginning to make progress on the career path I want (there might be an announcement on this coming soon, not official just yet). I’ve achieved one of my new year’s resolutions from 2011, dropping under 200 pounds for the first time in a long time. Grew a pretty sweet beard this past winter. Briefly dated someone earlier this year too, which has long since broken off.
Oh, and did I mention I got hit on by a tall, blonde Australian girl at a show in Brooklyn? That was cool.
There’s a part of me that feels like I want to be farther along than I am now. I see/feel like some friends are making more progress than I am and gaining more recognition. Others have their own apartment/house. I also see more people in serious relationships/getting engaged/having children which, while obviously feeling happy for them, bums me out because I still have yet to find a relationship. Call it jealousy I suppose, whether it’s unfounded or not.
Then I come back to one central, grounding thought: I’m still young. I just feel a lot older because I’ve done a lot so far. Traveled to several countries, went through college, concerts and other experiences. There’s still plenty of time for things to happen and finding the perfect situation. So while I feel a lot older than I am, that’s not the case at all and I forget that sometimes. Now where’s my cane and corncob pipe, and get these damn kids off my property! Unless they’re selling Thin Mints, in which case I’ll take 20 boxes.
Overall, I’m in a great spot. Yeah I’m still living at home but I’m also saving for the future. I have a great group of family and friends and have a lot to look forward to. I’ve learned to forget stress and enjoy the simple things. There’s way too many stressors that could be bothering me that I just let go because it’s not worth dwelling on. It’s exciting to think about where I am, what I want to do and where I’m going to be.
Now ladies, anyone looking for a decent looking 24-year-old with a steady job and a sweet beard?