Today I was born, 27 years ago in little Pella, Iowa. I decided to take the morning to reflect on how I’ve grown, what’s the same, and where I want to be (yes, that means that I was up before 6 a.m. even on my own birthday).
So much happened during age 26 that were pretty major “firsts,” like buying a condo, getting engaged, leaving my first adult job, and going to Germany.
While all these incredible things were happening in my life, I also had a heavy year emotionally, from navigating relationships to figuring out how to juggle everything on my plate with very little energy at one point.
I had somewhat of an identity crisis leaving the nonprofit field, but due to that professional move, I quickly realized a lot about myself and what I want a career to look like for me personally. It’s cool to see it crystallize a little bit more every year.
I’m still very much in love with both cats & sleep.
I’ve become way less critical of people. It felt like growing up, that’s just what people did; we examined people’s lives, their hair colors, their significant others, their jobs, you name it. Be who you want to be and make it big, bold, and bright. Or don’t. Who cares?
I’m much better at caring for plants, which deserves to be in this post.
I have (almost) completely accepted that I am going to disappoint people. I don’t text back soon enough, I’m slow at sending thank yous and gifts in general, I say no a lot to people, I forget specific things I said I was going to do. I can’t live my life aiming to please everyone. It’s tiring and boring.
I finally figured out how to make the perfect hardboiled egg.
It became really clear to me this year after several friends and acquaintances were diagnosed with chronic illnesses, cancer, autoimmune diseases, etc., that our health truly is one of our greatest assets. So I’m continuing to do what I can for my health and our planet’s health. There are so many ways we can be proactive about our health so by the time we are 80, we can bike across the country or travel the world.
The path to 27 has been colorful and cheery and I keep reminding myself that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond. We can go through life saying “it is what it is” or we can try to change things. I don’t want to live a passive life, I want to be fully in, ready to rock, and taking care of myself so I can have as much fun as possible, while doing the most good.
Cheers, 27. We have a few very fun trips planned, a wedding to host, and even more possibilities ahead of us. <3
Photo by: Graham Gardner