My birthday is coming up and I will be turning 25, so I’m expecting a quarter-century crisis any day now.
I’ve had a few very good birthdays (one surprise trip to Paris, one planned trip to Amsterdam, one spent in Florida, and one that included a wild weekend in London AND another wild weekend in Cambridge), but for the most part my birthday can make me feel pressured to have fun.
I usually get overwhelmed when my birthday is coming up – I used to think that not having a super amazing party or not having enough friends made a birthday pointless. Thankfully now I try not to focus on the quantity of my friends but rather the quality.
This year I’m not expecting much and don’t really need a lot – the only things I really need right now are things that I have to do for myself – and I’m quite content with that. The things I need are big life changing type things that I finally feel ready to accomplish – something that I would have run away from a few months ago.
It feels strange moving closer to the end of my 20’s, but I can say with some confidence that I am stronger now than I ever have been before. I’m more comfortable with myself than ever. And I’ve learned quite a few life lessons in the process: