HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! I love birthdays because you just get so much love from old friends, new friends, strangers and everyone you love. It is that one day in the year you really get to appreciate yourself and celebrate being you and everyone knows I love to celebrate me all February. I was getting ill on the weekend so I did not have as much of a party but I shall make up for that this in the next few days 😊
Turning 28 hasn’t hit me as hard as when I turned 27 last year. I know age is nothing but a number, but 27 is a really shit number because it just feels like a late 20’s vibe. 28 however is still my late 20s and I am use to that now and to be honest, I had such a great year last year I cannot wait to see what this year has to bring!
I wrote this post on what I wish I knew in my early 20s when I turned 25. I love reading my old posts as it shows my personal growth (hopefully) and change in perspective. It also makes me realise that I made such a big deal about entering my late 20s and the horror when actually life has been so uphill since my 25th Birthday.
Ok so the amazing Meryl Streep said her Mid-20s but I am taking it includes 25 to 29…
So what’s so good about it? Well to start, you may still not really know what you want to do for the rest of your life, but you know what you do not want. You have probably had enough heart breaks, bad managers or shit jobs to know that there are certain things you just refuse to put up with and that is a pretty good place to be in life. Because that way you spend less time (because you have less time) on things you do not want to do or people you do not want to see and more time is available to try new things or focus on what you love. At the same time, you still have the confidence and energy to get back up and try again!
Secondly, your career is probably starting to take shape now you have some of that experience that every company asks for. You might not be in the same role or industry in a few years but you are making the steps to grow and understand your strengths and weaknesses. Take this time to continue to learn and take part in training because growing NEVER stops.
Next, you can afford to do more than your younger years. You are no way near the peak of your career but you are probably a lot more financially independent than your younger self, and hopefully you are saving or thinking about savings! I strongly believe in the balance of “live life for now” and “plan for the future,” taking holidays and widening your experiences are just as important to your self-development as your career and education. But if you want to plan for the future and your family, now is the time to start and isn’t the future such an exciting thing? In my early 20s most of my savings were spent on travelling but the past few years have allowed me to save and still live this beautiful life with the plan to buy my first home soon!
Finally, you are more aware and conscious of your health and body. Technically, the older you get the more you understand your body – what it likes and what causes a reaction. Or like me you decide to finally invest in an intolerance test and find out on paper what you should not be eating (separate post on this to follow). Some may have tried different diets/detoxes/ veganism and different types of training to find out what works for your body, and chances are, you know more than you knew before. Your late 20s is still very young but it is also the perfect time to set yourself up to be the best, healthiest version of you later on in life. So continue to explore and learn about yourself, and remember what might work for one person will not always be your answer!
So since I am one of the first of my friends to reach the 28th year on earth, I can only say that it’s not as bad as you think and it actually comes with a lot of perks… I’ll update you guys when I am 30 because I am sure there will be a lot more experiences and lessons by then.