When I was in High School I had this vision of graduating from college with a degree in English at age 22 and then of course meeting the love of my life and getting married by age 24 and having my first child within a couple of years of that. Little did I know then that non of that would be remotely close to my reality, and how thankful I would be that it wasn’t.
A dear friend of mine gave me a year subscription to Self magazine and I read an article called Bring on the birthdays! which has a bunch of different stories from women ranging in age from 28 – 78 and how they celebrate their age and it inspired me to write. What I loved about the article is that each women’s story had something inspiring and that I could take and learn from…like the woman who was pregnant and learned to adapt and face new challenges after the death of her husband and finding herself a single mom, to the lady that has chosen to age naturally and refuse surgical treatment to freshen up her face despite the fact that many of her friends have already begun to do so.
I’m so thankful that none of those dreams in my previous timeline turned out the way I had so meticulously thought them out in my mind because my life has been one gift after another and far better than anything I ever imagined. Yes, even despite the challenges and difficult times that came in between and got me to the point where I’m at now because every experience along the way made me stronger and more appreciative.
And then I met my husband, the love of my life, at age 31, married him at age 34, and here we are now expecting our first baby after having turned 36 this year and I couldn’t feel more blessed and more proud to say I’m 36 because I don’t feel held down by my number, I actually feel very proud. When people ask me my age I always feel so happy to tell them and I get this huge grin on my face. There are so many things I’ve learned about myself along the way and I feel like those experiences help me to greet new adventures with a smile, or even if I’m afraid of a new change to at least know that with my love and faith in God things will be alright.
And so here I am, delighted and nervous and excited for this new adventure of parenthood and also thinking of so many other things that I can’t wait to experience, complete, or try out…but that’ll be on a different post. I believe we all have our own wonderful adventures and stories that don’t turn out the way we expect and are often even better.