It’s official: I’m 25 – a quarter of a century old. I’m one of the youngest in my friend group. Most of my friends have already crossed this birthday off the list. Some have even had their very own quarter life crises. I don’t think that’ll be me though. I’m so excited for what the future holds. It’s overwhelming sometimes when I put everything into perspective. I think about where my parents were at my age or even when my siblings were at when they were 25. Their lives are so different now. I can only dream up what my life will look like when I’m their age or heck, when I’m 26!
24 wasn’t the easiest year for me. It was very emotional and challenging. It was a year of growing pains. I had to face my fear head on. I felt so uncertain about my future and that scared me. I struggle with change but I know that it’s necessary. Change is new adventures. New relationships. New memories. New opportunities to grow as a person. Change is good. Change is hard. 24 was working through that fear. Knowing that no matter what comes my way, I can handle it. I have love and support. I have strength and determination. Most of all, I have a God that loves me and will protect me.
On my birthday, I wanted to mark the release of this fear and this doubt. I wanted to give myself a reminder for when I start to slip back into old habits of worry. I wanted a badge of my newly found freedom.
Faith. It is what gets me through each and every day. When I feel scared, I wanted to remember to just have faith.
A little explanation:
I wanted to get “faith” on my foot because I walk by faith and not by sight. I wanted to get it in typewriter font because I wanted a permanent reminder that I am not the author of my life so I always need to have faith in the one who is. Change is an unsteady necessity. God is my steady constant.
Not only did I want to remind myself to have faith but I always wanted to mark my freedom from my worry and doubt over my future. That obviously doesn’t mean that I will never worry again but it no longer has a tight grip on me.
24 was challenging but necessary. It was growing pains but now I am bigger and stronger in my faith and in myself. I am so excited to see what 25 brings – lessons, challenges, life changing moments, memories, and all.
How did you feel about your last birthday? Have you ever had a birthday that felt like the beginning of something new? Any advice for year 25? Let me know in the comments below! I hope you had a beautiful 4th of July and a great rest of your week. See you next Sunday!