So, I turn 37 today.
Wow. It feels surreal to say that. Because let's be real...I don't feel that old.
Although...is it really that old? Because I don't feel it at all. And I know I don't look it (or act it).
But this birthday has me thinking...why do we start to understand things that have happened to us as we age? Why does it only become obvious as we age why or how things have happened?
I mean, if I knew what I know now when I was 20 years old, I would most likely make completely different choices. But does that defeat the purpose of living and learning and experiencing things?
I mean...why do we not know these things when we're younger? Do we need the life lessons to get us where we're supposed to be? Is it necessary for us to go through life lessons in order for us to be exactly who we're meant to be?
I would venture a guess that yes, we do have to go through them. When we're young, we don't have a fear in the world (or at least most of us don't). We take risks and changes that we wouldn't necessarily take as we get older. We view things differently. Everything is the end of the world. And as we get older, we realize that not everything requires such a drastic response.
I look back at the things I've been through, the decisions I've made, the life I've lived, and I 100% know that I would not be the person I am today without all of it. I wouldn't have had the fun, the experiences, the laughter, the growth...it would have been no fun to know what I know now.
We learn a lot as we experience life and grow older. We learn what we want. What we'll tolerate. What is an absolute no go. We learn what we like. What we don't like. We learn to love ourselves.
So...we live. We learn. Then we understand.
Welcome to life.
Embrace it. Love your journey. Love your experiences. Learn what you need to from it. And love your life!
Don't forget to learn what you need to...and don't forget to love your life.
Have an awesome week!
With love and wellness,