Thursday, January 10, 2008

25 years and counting...

I recently celebrated a birthday, yay! I turned the grand ole age of... dun dun... 25! Woohoo!

So my friend Sarah stated that 25 was the age she always wanted to be, and so I asked her, last year when she turned it, if it was everything she thought it was. She smiled and said sure. That puzzled me for the longest time because I couldn't understand what would be so different being 25 compared to 24. Well, there are a few things...

1. I am no longer in the 18-24 demographic. Which means I'm no longer considered that early young adult trying to find their way. I'm now considered that more reliable 20-something who has a job and is more settled. Hmm...

2. Cheaper car insurance, although, not so much for me since I'm a girl, and I don't have a car, but still it's a bonus.

That's about it, so see not really too much else on a purely superficial level but on a deeper level I did reflect on the first 25 years of my life. Upon reflection I did notice how different I am in almost every since of the word. I've definitely changed physically (that's a given) but also spiritually, morally and intellectually. I'm not the same person I was a few years ago or even a year ago. Sure, there's things that are the same, like being in school for roughly 21 years (that's a long time) but somethings that are different, like not really sure what I'll be doing for the next 25 years. I've been to many different places throughout this world, though not nearly as many as I'd like to have to, and hope to visit many more. I've experienced some really great stuff and some not so great stuff and had many personal issues to overcome. My family has had ups and downs and tremendous growth as well, with nieces and nephews and step-family all entering the picture. I've been in three graduations and been defined as a student for so long I'm not sure how to classify myself anymore. My faith has been tested many different times and I've done loads of soul searching. Friends have come and gone and a very special core of a few have been created (a resounding thank-you to all of you- you know who you are).

Needless to say, a lot has happened in 25 years and I know a lot will change in the next 25 and beyond. I don't know where I'll be or what I'll be doing. Family, friends, life and my faith will change. It'll be a trip.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dawn,

I for one cannot wait to see what the next 25 years will bring for you! Starting out in 2008 in the year of New Beginnings AND starting a New quarter of a century of your life. You will be in a New place with New responsibilties with New people and with a New start with God.

How Awesome the next 25 years will be.....

Come to think of it I get a New love for you each day.

I love you so much.

Mom

Penn said...

hmm... when I turned 21 someone told me that the only thing I had left to look forward to was 30. Ouch.