This June, I turn 24.
An insignificant milestone alone, but it’s a year before I turn 25, or rather, a quarter century old. Eek. Just typing that out is strange. And this blog post with illustrations of how many weeks, winters, and visits to see his parents the author has left if he lives to be 90 didn’t help me feel better (but it was a good piece and made me think a lot.)
I’ve also been listening to a lot of podcasts recently, one of my favorites being ‘Happier’ with Gretchen Rubin, which also got me hooked on her book ‘The Happiness Project.’ I loved that she devoted an entire year to keeping these resolutions she made up in an effort to bring more joy into her life, and to her family.
I want to do something similar myself in advance of turning 25.
I want to develop good habits that will follow me into adulthood. I want to be more comfortable in my own skin. I want to become more connected to the people I care about. I want to make cheese, hike and write. I want to make time for things that are important to me – not just professionally – but to my whole being. I want to become unapologetically myself.
To be clear, I’m already “adulting” in many ways. I have a pretty good credit score. I live independently with a roommate and pay all my own bills. I take my car to get its oil changed. I enjoy podcasts and public radio. I’m in a committed relationship. But I’m not looking at this project from the lens of “needing to grow up and get my shit together.” I’m looking at it like, “Shit, is this me, for the rest of my life?” And if it is, it’s not all that bad. But there are things that I had hoped I would be doing in my twenties, and I’m almost halfway through them. This journey is more about identifying those things, and making them happen. It’s about experimenting with myself, testing my comfort zone. And most of all, documenting it. Because even if I don’t accomplish a dozen amazing things in the next year, at least I’ll have plenty of material for a book, or a therapist.
I’m still mulling over the specific resolutions I’m giving myself and I’ll share those soon, but I wanted to post this now for accountability because June 13th (my birthday, holla!) is coming up mighty fast. I’ll kick things off officially then and share the journey right here on the blog.