This leo gal just turned 28. The BIG 2-8. While I do feel quite different and grown up, I just realized something that made me stop in my tracks. I AM ALMOST 30…cries into wine glass. It’s honestly a bittersweet feeling. Knowing that you are almost done with your twenties and crossing into a new decade can be both depressing and exciting. More exciting than depressing though. Like where did the time go? I still remember my first day of 6th grade and now I am about to be 30.
Now that I am close to being in the dirty 30 gang, I keep getting comments from various people. Most comments are uplifting like telling me my 30s will be my best years and you are more rooted in who you are. Others are straight up negative like everything is going to start hurting and you won’t be able to bounce back like you did in your 20s. Jeez! Cut me some slack Jessica. I have some strong genes and my grandmother had the strongest backhand even in her 90s. I think I’ll be just fine.
There is so much pressure put on young people in their twenties to get their life together. In fact, a lot of people expect you to have a successful career, own your own home, be debt free, get married, and have children by the time you walk out your momma’s womb. That is not the case for a lot of people and sometimes, if you’re like me, you didn’t really start figuring out your life until your late twenties. I tried so many different types of career paths and worked at various jobs and still couldn’t figure it out. I put myself in heaps of school debt because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.
I couldn’t give you any proper steps on how I figured out what I wanted to do. I just kind of fell into it. I have always liked to write, take photos, and film videos. Basically anything that required me to be creative and to create masterpieces that Picasso himself would love. Kidding, but I did know that I liked to create and I was my best self when I was creating. When the panorama (pandemic) hit us last year, I was allowed to work at home for a year and a half. A year and a half at home gives you a lot of time for self-reflection and I damn sure did a lot of that.
I realized that I was getting older and that I really needed to start living in my truth and doing exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I liked creating content and I just went with that. I put my all into improving my skill level in various creative areas. It was fun and it helped me to shape my focus and goals for my life.
You remember the days when you had no bills? Your parents paid for everything and you didn’t have to worry about anything other than what time SpongeBob was coming on or That’s So Raven. Now you have to pay bills, save, invest, and plan for your future all in one breath. Do I want to go back in time? Not at all. I like 28-year-old me and it took awhile for me to get a good head on my shoulders. It just comes with the territory and I can’t say that my 20s weren’t absolutely lit.
A LOOK BACK ON MY 20s
Ahhh! The 20s. A time to be alive. I can honestly say I am grateful for my 20s. Although, I didn’t start figuring out a lot until my late 20s, I still made some amazing memories. I met really cool people that are still my friends today. I traveled and ate amazing food and I danced the night away many times. I laughed so much and did things I never saw myself doing. While it is sad to see most of my twenties in the rearview mirror, I am incredibly grateful to have experienced such beautiful times.
It has always been a dream of mine to celebrate my 30th birthday in Paris, France at the Shangri La Hotel. Yes, it is quite expensive and I don’t care. I fell in love with this hotel when I was in high school and I always dreamt of going there. I want to sit on the balcony having dinner while staring directly at the Eiffel Tower. Let’s hope I end up doing that and that I can write a follow up post telling you about my experience staying at the Shangri La Hotel in two years. Stay tuned for that.
Another goal of mine was to live in a foreign country for an entire year. My goal is staying in Italy for a year. I just want to fully immerse myself in the culture and and enjoy some fine Italian cuisine while sipping on a delicious red wine. What a dream that I really hope becomes reality.
All in all, I am pretty excited to soon be experiencing my 30s. I only have two years left in my 20s and I plan to live it up, but the fun definitely doesn’t stop there.