I'm twenty four next month, so i’ve started to think about how easy it is to become controlled by our age....and the expectation of what your age signifies to everyone else.

How old you should be by the time you graduate. Find a job. Finance yourself. Buy your first house. First Car. Get married. Have kids. Start your retirement. Suddenly it seems like there are all these benchmarks to meet, even when they don’t match the goals you are trying to reach.

But my theory is forget molds!

Let's be honest it is your life after all. The problem is, that can be quite the responsibility, to live your life the way you want to, rather than they way you are expected to. Especially if that means doing something out of the norm. And especially when that jump may feel like a complete free fall.

For instance, what would the people around you think if you quit your job to go back to school. If you Get married right now or never get married at all. Drop out of school, change majors, or die your hair red.

The list goes on. End a relationship, and get back together with them over and over again. Become a different person. Move away or move back home.

Should you be scared to do these things because it’s uncomfortable and unexpected? !Maybe it’s because you don’t know if everything would fall into place or you’re scared what that would mean if it did.

When you’re in your twenties, there are so many possibilities that go against the twenty something year old mold. Instead of focusing on the cookie cutter life, i hope you buy a plane ticket to a foreign country. I hope you get lost wandering all of the streets. I hope you travel the world and read lots of new books.  I hope you have interesting conversations over warm cups of tea or coffee. I hope you  set goals and change them. Quit your day job. Realistically, I hope you don’t do any of these things or that you do them all. Start a new relationship. Breakup. Change your mind. Start new friendships. Take a leap of faith.

And when your in your fifties I hope you are brave enough to go back to school if you want to or start yoga, and become fitness guru. I hope your forties include falling in love. I hope you stay up all night laughing with your friends. And...when you’re thirty, learn something new.

Whatever age you are. Wherever you are in life. . I hope you do what’s right for you.  

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