Musings of a 25 Year Old

Well, I made it. I’m officially the big 2-5. A quarter of a century. And before you ask, no I don’t feel any different, not wiser, not more of an adult. But there is something about turning 25 that makes you reflect on life and where you are. And think back on where you thought you would be at 25 years old five or even ten years ago.

I thought I would be engaged. The hopeless romantic in me figured that by 25, I’d definitely be engaged to my prince charming. I mean, that was the plan after all. Meet him no later than 22, be engaged by 25, married by 26, and at least one kid by 30. That was the grand plan I had when I was younger, but I think it’s safe to say, that did not pan out quite the way I thought it would. Instead, I have hit 25 single, without having met prince charming, at least as far as I know. I guess it’s safe to say that plan has not worked out quite the way I wanted it. But that’s the funny thing about plans like that. You don’t get to control them, nor do you get to decide what age these things are going to happen. That’s up to God, and He decided that 25 was not that magical age like I thought it would be. And that’s ok. Life changes, and while that’s sometimes hard for me as a control freak/lover of plans, it is what it is and I’m learning to roll with it.

I thought I would be owning my own business. Yes, you read that right. When I was 20, my big dream was to own my own event planning company by this time in my life. However, I wound up going in a completely different direction, and that’s ok. The plan changed, and I must say, I think it turned out well. I didn’t get a “big girl job” immediately after I graduated college, instead I worked retail full time for a couple years. And I enjoyed it. It taught me a lot about customer service, and it taught me about perseverance, and never giving up. And now, I’ve been in the SEO world for over two years, I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve grown a lot as a person. It wasn’t where I imagined I’d be, but I’m pretty happy with where I have wound up.

Now, those are big things that I expected to happen. But the great thing about life is that there are so many great unplanned things that happen in between when you’re making plans and God is having a laugh and making His own plans.

I’m working on a novel. Will it be good? Hard to say, I’d like to think so, but there’s no guarantee on that one. I can tell you, I’ve enjoyed writing it, and I do plan on sending it out to some publishers and then if nothing happens from that, I’ll look into self publishing it. I’m not doing it for the money, nor do I expect to become a famous author from it (though, I would not complain if that happened!) but instead I’m doing it because I like to write, and it’s fun.

I’ve grown this blog. This blog was originally on Blogger, called Rachel’s Closet, and was a project for an SEO class I was taking in college (the irony is not lost on me that I would wind up taking that class). It has since grown to encompass so much more than just fashion tips and to be so much more than just a class project. It’s still slow going, but I have faith in it, and I’m putting in the work to make it what I want it to be. I’ve also got a few more changes in the works for it, so big things will be coming.

I’ve done commercials and even an Indie film. I never thought at 25 that I would be pursuing my love of acting, let alone have gotten to be an extra in a movie with Tom Cruise, be in Disney and Universal commercials, or be a supporting role in an independent film. Those experiences have been absolutely amazing. I met so many new people, had a great time, and got to explore an industry I’ve always wanted to be in. Sure, it’s all small scale stuff, but it’s been amazing to get to be a part of them, and I’ve made great memories.

All in all, it’s not whether you’ve made the goals that you set. It’s whether you are happy in your life or not. And if not, then change it. Make that a goal of yours, and execute it. Life’s too short to not be happy.


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