Twenty-five seems a lifetime away.
(Let’s face it, I have no time during the week for posting while I’m working…so you’ll just have to wait until the weekend to be blessed with my blogging.)
I got this idea from Aimee at Greeblemonkey, who has managed to become a finalist over at the 2008 Bloggies for Best Kept Secret Weblog.
5 Things I Never Pictured in My Future When I Was 25 Years Old. I turned 25 on April 9, 2001 – engaged, about to start my job as an administrative assistant at the medical device manufacturer soon.
1. That I would be handed a pre-diabetes diagnosis in June 2001, followed by the full-blown type 2 diabetes diagnosis in March 2005. I was struggling with my weight and body image, but I couldn’t have imagined that it was going to cause me health problems in my twenties.
2. That I would have the worst depressive episode of my life in fall 2002, just months after our wedding. Social anxiety overwhelmed me all the time at work (especially on the phone), not to mention I was dissatisfied with being a secretary (yeah, that was my job title – sigh). Although I partially recovered after a few months, I don’t think I really came out of this dark period until I started eating healthier and exercising regularly in the spring and summer of 2005.
3. That I would train for and participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I followed through on something special in June 2006. Even though I’m disappointed that I didn’t finish the second day (and that there are questions about the Avon Foundation’s non-profit status), I’m glad I did this. It was good for my physical and emotional health.
4. That I would eventually make a little money writing. Nearly three years out of college, I had given up on my dreams of becoming a famous novelist. I didn’t even put my name in the hat when an entry-level editing position became available at the medical device manufacturer in early 2002. I was “lost” for a few years with the depressive episode and eventual health problems, trying to find my niche. It didn’t end up being nursing or accounting, it ended up being writing (with a new focus) after all.
5. That 9/11 would happen and George W. Bush would be re-elected. Argh! (Less than a year from a new president, right?)
I know some of my readers haven’t hit 30…or even 25 yet, but for those who have…what has surprised you since your 25-year-old self?
Respond to me here or on your own blog.