27 is working at a job I love, a job I am good at. It is a healthy working environment with coworkers that have become like family to me. It is ladies happy hours, Friday afternoon lunches, inside jokes galore, and giggles throughout the day.
27 is investing in friendships. It’s learning to say yes, even when no feels more comfortable. It’s opening up, being honest, and taking initiative to make plans and reach out.
27 is watching my mom find love again, and being happy for her, even when I wonder when I will find it for myself. It’s stepping back and letting someone else take care of her. It’s welcoming a new family member into the fold.
27 is learning what it means to be a Highly Sensitive Person, and building my life to enhance this aspect of my personality, not detract from it. It’s understanding that being a HSP means I experience life a bit differently than other people, that I need tons of alone time to recharge from all the intense sensory processing I do on a daily basis. It’s finding a reason for why I feel so different from other people.
27 is getting smarter with my finances, spending within my means and saving as much as I can. It’s taking teeny-tiny baby steps to more financial freedom. It’s being intentional with how I spend my money and only making purchases that feel good.
27 is realizing what a gift the ability to travel is. It’s having the financial means, the physical means, and the desire for it. It’s understanding that it is a privilege to be able to pack my bags and explore a brand-new country or city.
27 is becoming an aunt for the second time. It’s a tiny life growing inside my sister-in-law. It’s watching my nephew warm up to the idea of being a big brother. It’s anticipation, glee, hope, and love.
27 is no husband or serious boyfriend. It’s no house or apartment on my own. It’s no babies (and thank God for that!). But 27 is a life I love. It’s family I adore. It’s a dachshund that makes me abundantly happy every single day. It’s the life I’m meant to be living, no matter how far off the timeline I may be.