My Golden Year

“By 27, I will have had fun in my early 20s, but will be ready to settle down. I will be living in a beautifully decored apartment. I will definitely have a steady career. And, I doubt I will need to care this much about history or math.”

– A happy naive child

On January 27, 2020 I turned 27. This was supposed to my golden year, the year I should have my life together. But the reality was, the last 3 years have made my golden year goals a fantasy. But, some could argue they have helped me grow. And I could agree, I heard you mature when a lot of f*cked up sh*t happens.

I swear I am not a bitter old woman (yet). I’m still young enough to change, so instead I have learned to pick myself up and move on while I write about my life lessons. 

At the end of 2019 I made a new list of goals for my golden year. 

  1. Get a new job because working alone stinks. 
  2. Dye my hair for the first time ever. I should spice it up since I have looked exactly the same for the last 10 years.
  3. Start painting again and not be so hard on myself about the outcome. 
  4. Go on a trip because I want to go there and not because I signed up for study abroad, need to attend work meetings, agreed to go to a trade show or said yes to another destination wedding.
  5. Get contacts – this one is easy, I just need to make an eye doctors appointment. I will stop being lazy once we are no longer quarentined. 
  6. Start working out again – okay I did go to the gym but I am struggling to keep up with this so I won’t cross it out. 
  7. Ahh #7, my lucky number. For my final goal I will say to work hard and remember to celebrate my accomplishments.

Now what?

The greatest advice ever given to me was from my counselor in high school, “navigate through the current situation and keep your end goals in mind.” Well Nancy, that advice is still with me today and I know I need to navigate through this current situation with some new goals, like dying my hair becasue I seriously look exactly them same when we met.

“Navigate through the current situation and keep your end goals in mind.”

– Nancy B.
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