Monday, May 30, 2016

5 reasons why turning 26 is awesome!

Hey all! So it was my birthday last weekend and it was a day I was dreading a bit. Why? Well to me, going past 25 means I'm practically 30. Which is scary! Or so I thought..

Why should getting closer to 30 be a scary thing? I thought of all of the people I knew who were close to 30, or already 30 and are doing amazing things or STILL WORKING towards amazing things.

So I thought (in true Shivani style..), being 26 gives me 4 more years to accomplish all the things I want by 30. It's another opportunity to set goals! And if I don't get it all done, we'll change the age to 35 and keep working!

I decided to embrace this age, and use all of my experience up until this point as an advantage to get me to where I want to be.

I sat down and told myself: anytime I'm feeling crappy about getting older or "getting closer to 30" (quotations because, it ain't a bad thing!) I'm going to remind myself of these 5 reasons why being 26 is awesome!

1. You're no longer in your early-20s, and that's a good thing. Let's put it this way: you have no choice but to be a REAL adult now. Make it work. You're over the "I"m 25" hump and that's awesome because now you can use the next 4 years as a deadline to get shit done!

2. You have experience. By the time you're 26, most of us have graduated college, maybe even gone to graduate school or already started working a full-time job for a couple years. DUDE, that's amazing. Take all of that experience into your 4-year journey and use it to get you closer to where you want to be! (And if you haven't done any of those things, it doesn't matter - everyone's journey happens at a different pace, you can still use the next 4 years to make shit happen, don't worry).

3. You get to break barriers. You can go against the grain of other people your age and reach your goals your own way. Ever wanted to this to be said about you?: "...and she did it all before she was 30". That's what's fueling me right now! 26 is this interesting age where you're kind of supposed to be over adolescent stuff and really forming your future. (Of course this happens for everyone at different times, but I've found for a lot of people it's an important formative year). I feel like I get to be the person who says: "You know what I'm 26, choosing not to get married or have kids right now, choosing to make changes in my industry and I can still party like I did back in college". And honestly, I know that I can do all three and accomplish what I want by the time I'm 30.

4. You get to choose your path. 26 is that interesting age where your friends are getting married and having babies, working a grueling 9-5 or they still have no idea what they're doing in life and drinking their sorrows away (I'm kidding obviously there are more scenarios than that but you catch my drift). And you know what, why can't you have all three? Why can't you hustle, fall in love and party to your hearts content? The thing I love about being 26 is I feel like I'm really choosing my own path. I know that the marriage/babies thing isn't for me right now. I get to choose my career and run with it, while also having wine every night if I want to! I feel like being 26 has this stigma of expectations attached to it, so it allows me the opportunity to reflect on where I am in life in comparison to my peers and really choose what's right for me. You don't have to succumb to expectations, create your own.

5. You made it past 25 girl. Listen, no matter where you are in life, making it past 25 deserves an applause. Of course we're all still learning and growing but MAN those are difficult f*cking years of your life. You made it past high school, college, your first relationship, your first job... any number of trying life experiences. YOU GOT THROUGH IT. Honestly that's saying a lot. Use it as motivation that you will get through the next 4 years, whatever it throws at you, and all of the years to come as well.

What I'm saying is, you're a badass and being 26 is badass too. I think you can find these reasons at any age, so there's no point is getting down about age - no matter how old you are!

How old are you? Leave a comment and tell me what's awesome about being your age. See you soon dolls! xx

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