Most people associate January 1st with the beginning of a new year. But I feel like October 18th is what signifies that another year has passed. If there’s any time to reflect and make resolutions, it’s on your birthday, right?
I remember on this day last year, I was at work at Duke, and was totally bitter than I had to be there. I was unhappy with my job, and on that day, I was particularly emotional about that fact that I needed a new position, maybe a new degree, and definitely a better attitude about the working world. Last year felt hectic – we moved to Durham, I got a job, Matt was MIA with school, I quit a job, I took a part-time job, I quit that job, I moved to Atlanta for the summer, I started a new job…a lot happenend, there were a lot of up’s and down’s, and it was not comfortable. Honestly, I think 26 was my worst year yet:(
This year on the 18th, I would obviously rather be at home than at work (or back in college), but I definitely don’t feel bitter. I’ve accomplished a lot in a year, and I’m just happy to have a paycheck and know that I only have to work until June 7th before I can reassess again. I generally like work, I’m enjoying my evenings, and I’m having a blast on the weekends. I know there will be changes this year too: I’m getting married, Matt is graduating, and we’ll likely be moving yet again. It’s a big year! But I’m so excited for all of it and I’m confident that with 27 years under my belt, I can make this year even better than the last. After all, my prefrontal cortex, or the part of the brain that controls ‘good judgement’, was likely still maturing in my mid 20′s , and I think it’s safe to say, that I’m officially in my late 20′s:)
Here’s hoping that 27 is not only better than 26, but that it’s the best year yet.