What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?
Don’t be concerned that you haven’t ticked off certain life milestones at 27, because you’ll tick of other life milestones that others may never be brave enough to do in their whole life.
Just because your life plan is different, it isn’t wrong!
From a very young age, you are given an 'ideal plan' for your life. Finished school, go to university, get your first job, get engaged, get married, buy a house, start a family., and generally in that order.
But, as the birthdays come and go and these milestone don't get achieved, or at least not in the order you were told, you start the comparison game...
"By now, I should be establishing my career but I hate my job and don't know what to do!"
"All of my friends are getting engaged and married, and I still can't get a date!"
"I'm still living at home with my parents. How will I ever afford a house?"
When we focus on what we don't have, we start to get discouraged and unappreciative.
Looking at my life, I have definitely not hit those life milestones and not in that order. I was 26 before I got my degree and half of it was completed in a different country and the other half was online in lockdown.
But there are milestones that I have completed that are not of that 'ideal plan'. Living abroad at 18. Changing careers at 23. Starting a business. Moving in to my own apartment at 26. Creating a life where I can travelling the world and work at the same time. These are milestones that were not on the ideal list but they are MY milestones.
These are milestones that I can be proud of and milestones I know many of my friends have not and may not ever achieve.
There is not one 'ideal life plan'. There is just 'your life plan'.
And that one is the best one!