Thursday, 20 July 2017

How I feel about entering my mid-twenties

Yesterday I turned 24 years old!

I always used to think that entering my mid-twenties would make me feel so old and grown-up - when I was a teenager it seemed like a long way away, and good riddance. But in my early twenties I started to realise that I actually enjoyed getting older, and I have enjoyed myself more and more as time has gone on.

My early twenties have been some of the happiest years of my life, especially 22 and 23. Each year that passes seems to be even better than the last, and I now find myself embracing change and embracing getting older. As cheesy as it sounds, one of the things that my depression made me realise is that each day is precious, and I am so lucky to be happy right now. Each year that passes is an achievement, as it shows that I was able to battle through my depression and all of the horrible thoughts that made me not want to be here anymore.

As I am getting older I am also learning so much more about myself, and am starting to embrace who I am. I am so much more comfortable in my own skin and worry much less about my looks and what other people think about me. I think getting older allows you to develop perspective around what is most important in life, and that perhaps makes you worry less about the things that don't really matter. I think this age is one of the factors that helped me to overcome my depression.

I also have so much to look forward to in the upcoming future. I became a doctor the same week that I turned 24 (and was able to say I was a doctor at 23 as I graduated two days before my birthday, which I was quite pleased about!), and I'm looking forward to starting my new job next week. I'm also in the process of moving into a beautiful new flat by myself, which I am so excited about. I've had so much fun picking out the furniture and decorative accessories for each of the rooms, and I'm really going to enjoy the space and independence that living by myself will bring.

Turning 24 is basically the start of the rest of my life, and I'm so excited to see what the future brings.
The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find.

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