Exactly one week ago, I turned 25.
How scary is that?! I even shared a couple Buzzfeed articles last week that did a good job of capturing my feelings on turning 25. I actually dreaded my birthday to some extent because I felt like turning 25 meant being a real adult. Sounds weird, right? At 18, you're an "adult." At 21, you're an "adult" who can drink. But at 25, you're officially in your mid-twenties, able to rent a car, and 5 years away from turning 30.
Oh. My. God.
When I was younger, I thought I knew exactly how my 20s would go. I would be out of college at 22, married by 24, and I would have my first kid at 28. Scratch all that and make that out of college at 23, single at 25, and terrified at the thought of having children. Just because my life didn't go the way I thought it would doesn't mean that I failed. You can't predict how things will turn out, but that's okay. It's good to have an idea of where you want to be in x amount of years, even if things don't go as planned. You can't necessarily put an age on when to be married or have kids by (because who knows when you're going to meet that right person!), but you can plan out career goals and other life goals. Maybe you have a plan to freelance full-time in 2 years or run a marathon in 3 years. Those things are doable! You just have to create small goals to help you succeed. You can't really do that with something like marriage. (Okay, meet Mr. Right at the bar in 3 weeks, meet his parents in 4 months, move in with him in 6 months...)
I've let the feeling marinate for the last week and I've finally decided that turning 25 isn't as scary as I thought it would be. 24 was a weird year for me, so it's kind of nice that it's finally over! Now is the time to make new goals and figure out where I want to be in my career and life by this time next year. Perhaps a 26 things to do by 26 list is in order?
What about you? What kind of goals have you set for yourself to accomplish by your next birthday?