Thinking a lot about where I’ve been in the past thirty years and where I want to go in the next thirty.
Do you have the Tim McGraw song in your head now?A birthday is a fresh start. Just like a new year. I’m starting this milestone year off the happiest I’ve ever been. I have the things I have longed for throughout my 20’s. My husband, my daughter, my family and a core group of friends that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.
Most of all, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been with myself. In my own skin. Confident.
Sure I have things I want to work on. Every day I strive to do my best, to be my best.
And I KNOW that is enough.
With all that said, here is the most important lesson I’ve learned in the last 30 years.
LIFE DOESN’T GO AS PLANNED
I’m a planner. A type A to the max. Because of that, I feel like I missed out on a lot of things. I didn’t enjoy the now as much as I could have or should have. I made lots of plans for my life. Married by 25. Mom by 28. 2.5 Kids and a white picket fence. Well maybe not that last part, but you get the gist. And when that didn’t happen, I worried. A lot.
I worried about meeting my mr right and if that would ever happen. From there, I worried about having children. Getting pregnant and becoming a mom. It shouldn’t take long, right? Ha. God has his plan, I am just along for the ride. Never did I EVER expect to have moved out of FL. Away from family and friends. Even though this move wasn’t in MY plans, it was in His. This move, along with everything that hasn’t gone as planned but has worked out is my constant reminder I need to trust in God more. Have faith, faith that everything will work out just the way it should.
So my advice to you and one day, to my own daughter is to live your life, don’t plan it away. Love hard and let those you love know how you feel. Set goals and work towards them. Enjoy life. Smile, laugh, have FUN. Work on being your best you. Embrace plans that change and make the best of the detours in the road. Celebrate your life. Appreciate all that you are blessed with. Be grateful that you were given this life to live.
I can’t go back and relive the last 30 years.
It’s up to me to make the best out of the next 30.