A few weeks ago, in my newsletter, I wrote about how my 10 year high school reunion was coming up. Can you believe that? I find it hard to believe that I graduated 10 years ago--and of course, that means I graduated from college 6 years ago.
I feel very old saying, "I blinked and it was gone." In many ways, I still feel very young. But some days, like when my knees hurt or I'm so tired I let my son watch his Elmo DVD for the fifth time and lie on the couch, I feel positively ancient.
This all got me thinking though: what really has changed about me in those 10 years?
- I went blonde.
- I got a pixie cut.
- I dyed my hair red about 100 times.
- I grew my hair out.
- I cut it short again. Repeat 4 times.
- I gained weight.
- I lost weight.
- I gained weight again.
- I started a fashion blog.
- I quit my fashion blog.
- I started a lifestyle blog.
- I quit that lifestyle blog.
- I started this blog.
- I started Twitter.
- I joined Instagram.
- Pinterest happened.
- I started dating Danny.
- I got engaged to Danny.
- I married Danny.
- I had a baby.
- I got a bunch of jobs.
- I quit a bunch of jobs.
- I did way more internships that I ever thought would be necessary.
- I quit a lot of internships, too.
- I worked a lot of early mornings in coffee shops.
- I spent hours and hours and hours reading about blogging.
- I got a job I love.
- I made a lot of friends through blogging.
- Made a lot of creepy enemies too!
And that's all I can think of just off the top of my head. And that's just the things I've done.
It's hard to always make a list of the ways I've changed over the years. I sometimes feel like I am still that 18-year-old girl, but I also know that she and I are two very different people. I think she'd be really disappointed by where I am--and also a little relieved that I'm not an absolute failure. I'd love to tell her how great the next 5 years will be for her, and really, that makes up for the 3 years that follow that time span ("the bad times"). I wish I could tell my high school self that things will be ok, I don't need to develop the Type A personality I currently have, and that it's ok to relax, and have fun, and you don't have to work 100% of the time all the time.
What have you learned since graduating high school?