So – fast approaching is my 24th birthday… Yikes! Oh how the years fly by. It seems like just yesterday I was at High School, getting in trouble for talking too much and dating the wrong kind of boys. Now I’m an adult that talks too much and dates the wrong men. (Perhaps I should remedy a few things after this self realization?!)

It’s been an amazing few years though, I must say. Learning the curve of balancing work, independence, relationships and interests; I have come a long way from the very green girl I was back in my school days. But more enjoyably has been watching those around me flourish in their own lives. Seeing my friends work hard, whether it be through study or work, to end up climbing the ladder of success.

One of my dearest friends recently got engaged (and yes, I’m lucky enough to have been made a bridesmaid!) which has really brought home to me that we are all growing up. People are traveling, getting married, having kids, buying houses. It’s scary and exciting and wonderful. Everyone I went to school with seems to be doing something to be proud of, and thanks to Facebook, I have been able to follow the lives of my old classmates. Of the people I used to get drunk with when we were sixteen year old idiots.

At first I thought growing up, getting older, was a bad thing. Responsibility starts to impede on your life… paying bills, making sure you have insurance, bringing work home so that it’s done for that 8 o’clock meeting the next morning. You start to worry about if you are far enough along in your career, or whether your relationship is going somewhere etc etc. Things stop being all about whimsy and “whatever happens, happens”. It’s like a lightbulb has been turned on, and you’re suddenly thinking about the building blocks to your future. It’s kind of daunting…

But at the same time? Thrilling. Empowering. Exciting. Corny as it is, life is what you make of it. And the power to achieve great things is up to ones self. There are just so many possibilities, so many things to experience that now… I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what happens. Yes, the safety net has been ripped away by the ravages of time, but that’s okay. If I fall, I will get back up and try again.

So here’s to all of the twenty-somethings out there who have been hit by the sudden realization that they are not kids anymore. Let’s face it head on and make our lives good ones!

Young or Old? How do you see yourself?