Previously published on For The Everygirl
I’ve recently turned 25, and I am having a quarter midlife crisis. When I was in high school, I thought that I would have my own house and a stable career by age 25. But, here I am still in school, and I don’t have a job (yet) related to my career.
I was going to write about the things you should accomplish by the time you turn 25, but I don’t think that’s fair. Who am I to make a life manual for you, or telling you what you should be doing at a certain age? We are all at different stages of our lives. Some of us have children, some of us are traveling, others are in school, and many of us are still figuring our lives out.
Whatever stage of life you are in right now, you’re doing great!
We shouldn’t put ourselves down because we aren’t where we want to be yet. It’s OK that your plans aren’t working out accordingly. It’s OK that where you are right now is not what you had pictured. It is OK if you’re feeling a bit lost. Remember, you’re only 25. You still have plenty of time to get where you want to be. Yes, you may be panicking because you’re going to be 30 in five years, but five years is a long time! Think about what you have accomplished since you turned 20. I bet it’s been a lot.
Turning 25 shouldn’t make you feel like you’re slacking because you don’t have that dream job yet. Sure, when you were younger you may have had an idea on what your life would be like right now. But, you have to stop setting goals that are based around your age.
Your age shouldn’t define you.
It’s important to remember that you can still take chances, and you can still change your life plans. We don’t have to get our act together by a certain time, so stop listening to judgemental people who tell you otherwise. Your age shouldn’t be in control of your life. You are the driver, and your age is just a number! So, stop letting how many years you’ve been on earth determine your life plans. Enjoy the age you are right now, and stop letting society tell you what you should be doing! You don’t need to follow society’s standards. In the end, if you’re turning or are 25-remember it’s okay to not be where you should be! Set yourself free from society’s barriers. After all, you should be doing what you want to be doing, when you are ready to do these things!
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