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Journeying into a New Decade

textOn Monday I embarked on a new life journey: my twenties. For the past few years, it feels as though life has been moving at the speed of light. Ten years ago I was entering middle school, which feels as though it was a completely different lifetime. High school passed even faster, and college feels as though it has gone by in the blink of an eye. Though we have just started the year, September is almost over which I can’t even believe! Come May I will be done with half of my college career, which doesn’t seem possible. I had always heard that life passes us by, but never fully realized the truth behind this mantra.

I feel ready to start this new journey in my life. I am pursuing my passions, and growing into who I am as a person. My nose piercing has helped to establish this change, and I feel as though the difference between 18, 19, and 20 has been very grounding. At 18 I graduated high school. At 19 I learned how to live on my own, and how to build a life for myself. At 20 I hope to learn how to follow my passions and help others to do the same.

magnolia-trees-556718_640The most important change that has occurred over the last two years is my outlook on life. Now that I am making my way in the world, I can see all of the gifts that it has to offer. I wake up and cherish all of the small blessings that often go unnoticed. In high school I allowed myself to be caught up in small inconveniences, and never stopped to think about my blessings and the beauty that surrounded me. There are so many beautiful things in the world, and it is so easy to get caught up in our problems and life stresses.

During my 19th year I also went through a time of struggle health-wise. As someone who never thought that I would develop sensitivities to food or chemicals, I thought that I could always live with the same patterns. After realizing that my health problems weren’t going away (even after many months), I knew I had to make a change. This pushed me into a space of uncertainty, and I felt as though I had a new challenge that I had to face. Not only did I have to adjust to life on my own, but I had to adjust my diet and routine. After a few months of reconciling with this new reality, everything else just fell into place.

reed-546250_640I’ve often heard people say that the universe (and life) knows when you need to be somewhere else. You may not agree or even see this as a reality, but it will push you further and further from your current situation until you accept change. It took months for me to realize that I couldn’t go back to the routines I had always adopted in high school, and the past few months have brought me to where I’m supposed to be. I’m living simply, and have a new consciousness about my health. A newfound sense of positivity has come alongside my physical health improvements, and the world has gotten much brighter.

The last decade of my life amounted to significant change, and I think that this coming decade will as well. I’m excited to live in the moment and explore the world with my developed sense of self. I think that the twenties are a unique decade in which you can explore the world and choose your path.

If you are in your twenties or older, what has been the best part of this decade? Is there anything that you would tell those who are just beginning on this journey (like me! 🙂 ) about what to expect? Let me know in the comments or via email (!

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