November is officially here! Which means the countdown to my birthday has started (you know that picture of Beyonce dressed as a queen? That’s always me at the beginning of November. #sorrynotsorry).
This year I will be entering my late-twenties. And rather than the usual panic of the fact that I’m ageing and I’m nowhere near where I wanted to be at the age I am- I’m really okay with turning 27. I’m really looking forward to my birthday and starting the last few years of my twenties.
Let’s get real here, you’re early-twenties suck. Sorry to burst anyone under the age of 24’s bubble but it does. You have NO idea who you are as a person and yet you’re expected to know exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life and where you want to go before your 20 birthday. There’s such a pressure to be heading in the right direction.
Your mid-twenties are just slow. You finally have an understanding of your life and yet you are expected to be adulting 100% of the time. I’m so happy to be waving goodbye to the 26 year of my life and giving my late-twenties a warm, welcoming embrace. Why may you ask? Well….
Knowing Exactly Who You Are
Whilst there are bits of my life that I’m still figuring out (renting or buying, car or no car, babies now or babies much later) I’m pretty content with who I am as a person. My likes and dislikes. Views and opinions. My fashion style. I love that I’ve finally figured out who I am and where I wanna go in life- even if there are a few things to figure out. But hey! That’s part of the journey.
Content In Saying No
Because I know who I am and what I like, I’m no longer afraid to say no. Before, I would be so nervous about letting people down because I didn’t want to do things that other people were doing. Now, I’m happy to say that I truly don’t want to do, I can say no and… the world is not going to end. That doesn’t mean I’m being selfish, I will still do certain things for loved ones. But things such as wild night outs- I’m done with and not afraid to turn them down. Feel free to join me curled up on my sofa with a good magazine and a glass of wine. Trust me, I’m having the time of my life.
Thank God My Younger Self Was Wrong
When I was 15, I had this vivid image that when I was 24, I would be at the top of my career, have a huge house and married with two kids (don’t act like you didn’t think that way too). Thank god that is not how the real world actually works! If I was at the top of my career in the job I was in when I was 24- I would be miserable, working for a company I hated working for. If I had bought a house where I was living in my early twenties, I would have never moved to my new hometown and met my amazing friends. And, if I had had those two kids, I would have never travelled to The Middle East or started this blog. Thank god teenage me had no idea what she was talking about!
Confidence Is Key
With life comes experience and with experience comes confidence. They say confidence comes the older you get when it comes to all aspects of your life. Though a very outgoing person, at times I lack self-confidence in myself. Slowly but surely, I feel very stable in my knowledge and experience that I can speak about opportunities and give advice that is clear and concise. I can say that though that didn’t turn out the way it did, it will never happen again because of this reason. I can strike in a room and say we need to do it this way because it worked well last time and not fear that I’m going to get caught out for not knowing what I’m doing. Because I do know and I rock and I’m awesome at what I do.
Owning My Baby Face
This one is a very vain excuse. But the boost I get from being told I look younger than I am makes me feel regal. At my old job, our Director thought I was 21 from how I look- felt very good about that. Call me self-obsessed but it makes me feel great that I don’t look as old as I am. Praying to god these genes hold up way past my late-twenties!
I’ll see you guys in a few days for my birthday celebrations- I have some exciting things planned! What parts are you looking forward to in your late-twenties?