I think it’s important to reflect on your achievements in life. In a society where we’re constantly expected to improve, it can be easy to forget what you’ve actually achieved already.
From time to time, I have those moments where I panic because I haven’t passed certain milestones that’s expected of me at my age. Buying a house, getting married, having children etc.
Enjoy the journey
But then I snap back to reality and remember that life is a journey, not a destination. What’s the rush? If I achieved all those things by my late twenties, what is there to look forward to in my thirties?!
There’s nothing wrong with ticking those life boxes in your twenties of course (I know plenty of people who have done it) but there’s also nothing wrong with achieving those things later on in life.
Okay, so my point was that even though I haven’t achieved the typical milestones, I’m still on track. I’ve continued to work full-time whilst blogging, move house with my parents, save for my own house, run my car, go to the gym 3-5 times a week and run a half-marathon. I’ve also met Luis! Not to mention, cutting out alcohol (34 weeks now!), cows milk, meat and other animal products.
They sound pretty standard, right? Yet, I’m still proud of them for several reasons. Juggling full-time work and a blog is HARD. Moving house is stressful. Saving for a house requires discipline. Going to the gym regularly is dedication. Maintaining a car is responsibility. Running a half-marathon is a commitment. Being in a relationship involves compromise. Making changes to your diet means adjusting to a new way of living.
Thinking about it, I haven’t done too badly. Sometimes it’s easy to dismiss things you think are average but you know what? They still matter. Just because they’re not typical milestones doesn’t mean they’re any less important. I’m actually pretty pleased with my efforts. More of the same in 2019 please!