It’s here again, November 1st, and I am yet another year older, 28 in fact. Today, as it happens, is also All Saints Day…just saying, though I think I would have rather been born just one day sooner, being a Halloween baby may have suited me more, but mother knows best. What will 28 hold for me? 27 was pretty amazing and may be difficult to beat, I ended 26 and began 27 on Halloween night in Transylvania, Romania at Dracula’s Castle (Bran Castle) with none other than Dracula himself and it only got better from there. So needless to say I have my work cut out for me if I am going to surpass that. Check back with me in a year and I’ll let you know how it turned out.
I have been asked a lot lately about what my plans are for the future. Have you thought about what you will do for a career? Are you planning to get married in the next few years? What about kids? Are you going to settle down and put roots anywhere? …As if there is an expiration date on these things and it is about to expire. And the honest answer is “No.” Sure I have thought about them I guess but not with any serious consideration. I’m not sure what the rush is, why is everyone always in such a hurry to check these milestones, there is just so much I want to do first. I mean sure I guess my “biological clock” is ticking, but it is no longer uncommon to have children in your mid 30’s. Who knows maybe I’ll adopt, there is no biological clock for that and since I was a little girl I have always said that I wanted to adopt a child.
This is how I see it, things will happen as they are meant to happen, “Know that our paths will cross exactly when they need too, not a mile to early or a second to late” (Camino Graffiti), I see no reason to rush into these milestones of my life simply because of a number. I’ve never really been good with numbers so why start worrying about them now. That is simply crazy in my opinion.
I have been told that I am not being realistic, but I think that is exactly what I am being. I am choosing to live the life that I love and love the life that I am living and I think that that is the most important thing. My “realistic” and everyone else’s “realistic” are too very different things, no two are the same, and that is 100% okay. There is no clear cut right or wrong there is just happy and unhappy and long as you are taking the paths that lead to happiness then you are doing it right. We all are on a different path and it is important to remember that.
So what will 28 bring for me…God only know. I am planning check a few more countries off my list. I plan to experience the spiritual holiness of India, Myanmar, Nepal and many others, develop friendships from all around the globe and enjoy my family. But who knows maybe 28 is the year I will meet the traveling man of my dreams and future father of my children, as I am sure our paths haven’t crossed yet simply because he is off exploring some foreign land. Guess we will have to wait and see.