Tuesday, December 11, 2007

That time of the year again...

Yup.

It's my birthday.

Betya thought I was gonna say Xmas, didn't you?

No folks, turns out that I was born on this day, 26 years ago.

26 years! Holy crap, that's a lot of years. Well, to my young, virginal brain it is.

Anyhoo, when I saw this event coming up, I thought I would blog about all the things in my life that were lacking...everything that I thought a 26 year old woman should have and then moan about how I don't have them.

I mean, as I sit here now, it's true that I am DEFINITELY NOT where I thought I would be at 26. I thought I would have a burgeoning career in a field that I loved. At least, had been working towards something for the past few years. But that hasn't been the case with me. At this exact moment, I have an uncertain future (who doesn't), no job and no real sense of accomplishment.

But you know what? It doesn't matter.

I went to bed last night thinking (and believing) that 26 is going to be a great age for me. I may lack a career at the moment, but I am going into school in a field that not only do I love but I am good at as well.

My income from the government will run out soon, but at least come May, I will be getting a job in the film business (and I do mean, BUSINESS). Maybe it won't be steady, maybe it won't make me rich - but at least it's something I've always wanted to do.

Maybe I am not married or engaged like so many of my friends (or maybe it just feels that way), but I have no doubt that it will happen and I am beyond grateful to have the world's best man by my side.

I might not live in Paris, or London or New York - but at least I actually own my apartment (even though I've been thinking lately about selling next year and upgrading to a bigger one).

I might not have degrees upon degrees like people who went to university straight after high school. But I do have my Bachelor in Journalism, which despite its uselessness, is SOMETHING to show for. And I'm not regretting all the traveling I did while slowly earning that degree either.

Yup, I think 26 is going to be a great age for me...and I'm already off to a great start for I will be in the best shape of my life. So far, I've lost 6 pounds of pure FAT in the last 3 weeks, thanks to my modified version of the Self challenge, which involves the only workouts that actually work for my body plus eating in moderation (I'll be sure to share my secrets in the next post, so watch out for that if you are interested). Anyway, the fact is I have become somewhat addicted to my workouts and will be certain to continue them through the next year until I am a smokin hot lean machine ;P

Bring on the late twenties!

(OK, maybe that's a bit too harsh for my ears, but at least bring on 26!)

21 comments:

Rachel said...

Eek! I turn 26 on Friday too!! I've been freaking out slightly that i am now well and truly am going to be on the later side of the 20s. Hopefully by the time Friday comes I'll be feeling more like you are! I'm glad you have a good spin on things, and that you're feeling positive about the next year! Happy Birthday :)

lenfercestlesautres said...

Age doesn't matter... it's all in your head. Happy birthday Lusty!

Tilly said...

Happy Birthday! 26 is a great age! Honest. And at 29 I can say that. It's hard to give up those omnipresent beliefs that there are particular milestones that we are supposed to reach at various ages, but when you do let it go it feels terrific! Enjoy it! All of it!

Todd said...

Happy Birthday!

Also, 26 is still mid-20's. 27 is the start of your late 20's. Don't rush yourself into getting older :)

Vegas Princess said...

Happy Birthday!!

This is such a great post because I can tell how well you feel and you really have a good head on your shoulders. Because of your positive attitude you will make this a great year!

Farrell said...

Happy Birthday! Your positive outlook is sure to make the year what you want it to be. And don't worry about arbitrary planned dates when you were 15, and don't worry about what your friends are doing/not doing!

minijonb said...

happy freakin' birthday!!! happy happy joy joy!

...and stop being so critical of yourself. just enjoy the tail-end of this quarter-life crisis and and wait to see what happens next.

AaroN said...

If you seek to compare you life against others then you'll always seek disappointment. If you know you're capable of better, you'll achieve better.

Now that I think about it, 26 was a very good year for me too. :)

Tawcan said...

Happy birthday!

Ozymandias said...

happy belated birthday..hope you had an awesome day.

surfercam said...

Happy Birthday!

kimberlie said...

Happy Birthday! Can you please post this again next March??!

M said...

happy birthday hon!

( . )( . ) said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday!! Sounds like you have got some pretty good things in your life at the moment! And I agree, 26 is mid twenties!!

Meg said...

I'm excited to hear about the diet/exercise plan. I'm getting fat out here at uni, but all I did to curb it was walk to school and back each day and replace dinner with 2 snacks in the evening.... Perhaps I could be more effective.

Meg said...

And of course..... have a happy birthday with some bubbly!

The Stormin Mormon said...

Don't worry about all of the BS and "goals". If I have learned anything it's that your can achieve every goal you set for yourself, and it's never enough.

If your're not working for something, what the hell is the point?

This is why I set unattainable goals like; "President of the World". I'll always be working for it, and never quite make it. And if I do, hey, cool for me.

Happy Birthday Tswaswaswassen. ;-)

Wanderlusting said...

Thanks everyone for your Bday wishes! It was a nice, quiet evening in the end, but don't worry, I'm having a rockstar birthday on Friday. It's cool to have a blog and compare this bday to last years. In many ways, I was kind of in the same place...only now I really HAVE found my Prince Charming ;)

PS Stormin - you spelt Tsawwassen wrong :P

Wanderlusting said...

Oh and happy bday to RACHEL on Friday too!!

Beth said...

Happy Birthday! Mine was the 11th. I found you through my cousin Rachel from Nomad Down!

Girl About Town said...

Happy Birthday to you!

I think you've made a great life for yourself so far, and have many wonderful things to look forward to, lucky girl! Enjoy!