An ex of mine once said… “Like a fine wine, you get better with time.” Yes, he really did say that. I remember thinking, “Is this guy serious…?” (For more reasons than one) and began thinking I wasn’t ready to grow older.
It seems like we spend so much of our time always wanting to be somewhere else other than where we are. Now that I am a twenty-something, I am learning to embrace getting older. There are great things that come with age that many often get denied.
1. We are not stuck, although sometimes it may feel like it. We are free to roam as we please. Changing apartments, relationships, cities… anything and everything is possible.
2. I know who my friends are… we have been through ups and downs and they are the people who have stuck by my side even when I have been at my worst.
3. We find better activities other than shopping… well, sometimes. Because let’s be real, who has actually ever window shopped without spending money?
4. We are becoming self-sufficient, which gives us a sense of freedom (from our parents, yes even though we love them dearly). Life goes on, and we are learning how to live it on our own.
5. We can stop trying to seek approval from our peers, because we don’t care.
6. Your family decides you’re now old enough to start hearing all of the juicy family stories. Every family has them.
7. We are confident and we love it… Why? Because we’re awesome.
8. We continue to be dreamers, and that’s more than okay.
9. We finally feel like we are aging into our personality (yes, this means embracing it.)
10. We find jobs we love, travel the world and stop settling for mediocre. In The Breakfast Club, Allison says, “When you grow up, your heart dies.” Don’t worry, your heart doesn’t actually die. You just become a better version of you. Your life isn’t winding down–it’s just beginning.
By Amanda MacGregor
for Shy Town Girls
Amanda is a freelance Social Media Strategist and Project Coordinator who lives in Chicago. She enjoys girl time, time with her dog, family and boyfriend. A fashion follower and dreamer, she believes life is too short to be anything but happy.