As I sit in a beautiful kitchen in a quaint suburban neighborhood, I can’t help but think about my upcoming 25th birthday. I am a recent-ish college graduate taking care of someone else’s baby in someone else’s beautiful house. This someone else is not too many years older than I am.
It is so easy to compare ourselves to others. Social media and instant access to picturesque dreams (such as Pinterest boards) have created a false sense of an unaccomplished life. No matter how blessed each of us is, somehow envy sneaks its way in. My Dad (very fittingly) calls me a tornado and my Mom’s favorite piece of advice is to “Slow down… you have always been focused on what is next. Enjoy what you have and what you are doing right now“.
The past 15 months have been a whirlwind… graduation, family tragedies, moving three times, getting married, having wrist surgery, starting a new job, quitting said job, starting up LuLaRoe, and job searching. These past few months since quitting my job has been a much needed breathe of fresh air. I have had the time and mental energy to decompress. LuLaRoe has made it possible for me to be home to take care of some of the daily household stressors so that Blaine and I can spend time together when he gets back from work. Though we have been together for years, each stage of life and each level of stress has required more quality time to continue to get to know one another. However, it is now necessary for me to find a job! So, I am doing a little babysitting to help Blaine out with life expenses until I find something.
Instead of embracing the stage of life I am in, I have been thinking of “turning 25” as a deadline that I am missing. In a “career ladder” and “more, more, more” society, it is only natural for us to feel pressure to have accomplished everything at a young age. However, the more I think about it, the more I realize that I am going about this all wrong. My inability to see beyond my goals and dreams has kept me from slowing down and enjoying the present. The past year has slipped away from me! In order to be the woman that God has called me to be, I have to slow down and breathe in the fresh air of contentment, stability, peacefulness, and trust in God. Only then will I be able to enjoy all that life has to offer – every day and every stage.
In what areas of your life is God nudging you to slow down?