Do you ever feel like you're running a race through life? Like you're always looking ahead at that next freakin' step? So much so that you forget to enjoy the last step you accomplished?
THIS is my biggest problem, I think. I see that I'm 24 years old and I automatically think "Holy SCHNIKEYS I'm twenty-freakin-four!" and almost panic because I'm nowhere near where I want to be. I don't think Mike panics like I do, but he's certainly not where he wants to be either, and I know it weighs on him.
But I'm TWENTY FOUR! I have like... a bajilion years left (oh dear, please please don't let me jinx myself!). I have a stable job, even if I don't like it. I have a college degree, even if I'm not using it. I even have a husband. :) He has a college degree. He may only be working part time, but at least he's using his degree. We own a house (we own a freakin' house, man!).
So why do I feel the need to rush into the next step? That baby craze is awfully contagious, and it's awfully hard not to think "oh gosh i want one of those". (It also doesn't help with the tragedy that happened in Aug). Part of it is all the babies around me- they're on tv, they're in the office, and they're all over my freakin' facebook (OMG my generation is fertile!).
For us, we are waiting a little while, I think. Mike is still part time, so financially we're not as stable or as prepared as I'd like to be. I also would like to go back to school and get my Masters. Plus, we have a bajilion house projects we would like to work on. So I'm doing my best to NOT RUSH MYSELF! It was SO HARD there for a while. I felt like I was running out of time. But you know what? I can still be having children in the next 10 - 15 years. THAT'S A LOT OF YEARS!!!
Because there is so much to enjoy at our age. I have a husband I can spontaniously go out with. I have friends I can party with until dawn without a worry. As the first in our group to have a child, would we even see them much afterwards? We have a dog who is all about getting all the attention, and can actually get it. I get my fill of children by babysitting, which I love and would hate to have to give up. I can get my Masters now, start a job I'll actually LOVE! I would regret it later if I didn't take advantage of these things now, while we still can.
Why do people feel the need to push and push and push you to move on to the next big thing? I think we should really commend the generation ahead of us (and our own) because I think we're breaking that pattern. Lots of people are skipping steps, taking the steps backwards, or just completely changing them. I think we get a lot of criticism for it, but I'm actually very happy with it.
I think our life will be a lot happier because we'll make decisions based on when we're ready and when we want to, no matter how much pushing and shoving there is on either side of the issue. I'm really glad to finally be able to see that and fully embrace it. I'll be honest- I wasn't before.
Pst... This is NOT linked up like I normally would, but if you wish you can visit the others here.