Today is my 25th birthday. A quarter of a century! It only feels like 5 minutes ago I was celebrating my 21st birthday, and even when I turned 21 I still felt like I was 18! I don’t know why, but 25 still seems like a milestone birthday, maybe it’s because I am now in my MID-TWENTIES! I am well and truly, an establish ADULT! I often forget that I am an adult, or rather that I don’t feel like one.
So what has 25 years on this planet given me? Well, in the last 5 years alone so much has happened so I think I’ll focus on that. At 21 I was engaged, and just before I turned 22 I was married,which then meant I moved out of my family home to start a new life with my husband, Ryan. At 23 I fell pregnant with Aria, and just before my 24th birthday she was born. My 24th year saw my first full year of motherhood, now that was a hard year! 25 will see me getting my foot on the property ladder as Me and Ryan await an exchange of contracts on a 2 bed flat we will be buying! A lot of people often talk about ‘A five year plan’, and I am one of the lucky ones to say that I will have achieved all of my big goals for that! Along with that I have also had 3 different jobs which has included 2 promotions!
Sometimes I look at my life and think, I’m nearly mid twenties and what have I got to show for it? Well what a load of rubbish that is! I can clearly see that in the last 5 years alone I have achieved so much, and I still have so much more of my life to live! I often I think about people who have died much younger than me. In particular, a boy who was in my year for class in primary school ,died when he was only 8. So even if I hadn’t achieved much, I have already been blessed to have 17 more years on this Earth.
When I think about being 25, I wonder what it will entail. Will it make much of a different to be that year older? I think being 25 is going to give me confidence. A lot of people often talk about their 20’s being one of the best times in their life, and I have definitely been enjoying my 20’s more than my teenage years, no school for a start has helped! Being mid twenties is a weird sort of age. It’s one of those ages where half of your friends are engaged or married and have kids, and the other half are still focusing on their careers and no where near settling down.
To date, 24 has definitely been my biggest year. Becoming a mum has been one of the hardest things I have ever done, and it has taught me so much about myself. How to juggle the many hats you have to wear; the mum, the wife, the daughter, the friend, the employee, the older sister. Motherhood, the hardest but best job you could ever have, but always totally worth it.
So goodbye 24, and HELLO 25!