I recently kicked off the last year in my 20’s. As the day came and went, it had me thinking and reflecting. I was dreading the day, and wasn’t exactly thrilled. I had many surprised throughout the day, and was spoiled.
Another year older…I thought about all the things I had on my bucket list and things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turn 30! Where was I on this list? Shouldn’t I have gotten something done at this point in my life? I have one more year left to accomplish this or that…I need to put the pedal to the medal…
- Graduate college
- Get married
- Get the dream job
- Travel the world
- Have a kid
- Buy a house
- Have another kid
- Take a vacation
- Etc, etc, etc…
I’ve accomplished a lot in my 20’s. I’ve done some stupid things (who hasn’t at 21?) and many amazing things. I took a cruise to the Caribbean and traveled to Argentina and Uruguay in my early 20’s. I lived in the mountains in Colorado one summer. I hiked a 14K foot mountain. I graduated college. I grew to love working in the family business. I learned how to ballroom dance.I adopted a dog shortly after finishing college. I found my love for triathlons, obstacle course racing, running, and other athletic things. I did my first half Ironman. I traveled across the country to sunny California to do my second half Ironman. I found myself in my mid-20’s. Everyone else around me was getting married or starting their family. I wasn’t in either of those boats. So, I took time to figure out myself, where I wanted to go, what I wanted to be, and work on myself. I watched my sister battle breast cancer. I said goodbye to my healthy breast tissue at 27. I’ve matured. I dated and kissed many frogs, and discovered what I truly wanted and needed in a guy. I saved myself for that special person -it’s not worth settling! I’m dating an amazing guy. I’ve accomplished much more. I can’t wait for what I will accomplish this last year in my 20’s and in the next decade of my life.
Where am I at with this bucket list of things I want to accomplish before 30? Why rush things in the next year to simply cross things off? Where’s the joy and satisfaction in that? I decided right then and there to toss it out the window and just live. Sure, there’s plenty of things I want to do and accomplish in this lifetime. But, it’s just that. I’ll do them when it’s the right time; not because it’s on the list and I want/need to check it off. Why rush things? As I’ve learned, life runs its own course. Go with the flow and enjoy each and every milestone.
As I stepped out the door and ran 2.9 miles to celebrate, I had an “ah-ha” light bulb moment.
Another year wiser with many more blank pages to continue writing my story and things I will do…as they come to me in their rightful time! Instead of worrying about my bucket list and accomplishing this or that, I’m focusing on a lifetime of being able to cross things off my list…in their rightful time. There will be much more joy and satisfaction doing things… in their rightful time. Every year brings another level of wisdom to my life. It’s empowering thinking about how I’ve matured and accumulated wisdom with each passing year. I’m not getting older, I’m getting wiser!!
Cheers to 29…and doing things in their rightful time!!!