Okay, so I might be getting a little ahead of myself here, but as we are heading into Autumn it dawned on me that I’ll be 25 in a few days time. Much to mine and my mother’s disbelief – I’m still her little baby and it got me thinking how life is supposed to change from here on out. We always see those memes and over-exaggerated panic on social media feeds whenever someone gets a year older but hasn’t quite met that ‘life milestone’ that comes with it. We all dread those family gatherings where an aunt or uncle pesters you about putting a ring on it or when the next generation of children is on their way. In my honest opinion, I think people put too much pressure on where they should be at a certain age and forget to just live. It got me thinking about how I’m going to spend this 25th year of my life. And to be honest – I’m going into my 25th year just like I did the previous, hoping to be happier, healthier and to spend my time around people who bring out the best in me.
Sometimes in the age of social media, it can be easy to forget about making memories. I’ve been guilty of this on more than one occasion. Going on holiday and focusing more on what pictures I can get for the gram rather than taking time out to relax. Catching up with old friends and being more concerned about sharing our antics on social media instead of cherishing the time we have to spend together. I’ve always been one to make a big song and dance about any occasion, so why don’t I act that way in the moment? This year I am going to be making more of a conscious effort to celebrate the little joys right up to the big occasions, putting my phone down and being more present, and most of all – spending time with the ones I love.
As we grow through life, it’s inevitable that friendship circles will grow smaller. You’ll move to a different city, be in different stages of life or paths that were once intertwined have now branched off in different directions. I’ve previously touched on friendship breakups and as hard as they are, I now see it as a natural part of life. I have come across so many people in life who inspire me, teach me new things and prove to me that there is so much to see in the world and I want that to continue. From the people I connect with on social media, to work colleagues and new friends – I want to continue meeting new people and figuring out this thing called life together.
Last year, I set myself a goal of travelling to 3 different places and I ended up visiting 5. I absolutely love the freedom and happiness I feel when I get to visit a new city or country and I really want to make the most of it this year. I’ve previously said I’m not the backpacking type and one for any outdoors activity but maybe 25 is the year to change that. Who knows? The one thing I’m certain of is that this earth has so many things to offer and I’m making it my mission to see as much of the world as possible.
Life has been hard on me this year, so I welcome another chance to improve myself and my life. There are so many things we take for granted and life is not a given, we don’t know what tomorrow will hold and so we just need to make the most of it. I often tend to dwell on past mistakes and wrongdoings rather than looking to the future and let me tell you, no joy comes from that. Something I try to remind myself is that whilst you can’t change what has happened, you have the power to change what happens next. I’m looking forward to spending this next year working on becoming a healthier, happier version of me.
Love, Aysh x