We are all aware of how much people change over the course their life. Of course, we are not the same person we were at age 5 or even a young teenager. At that time in my life, I was a tom boy and I wasn’t afraid to play in the backyard and get muddy. Growing up with 3 brothers, I was competitive, probably a trait I developed growing up with boys, I played multiple sports and my favorite professional sport has always been football and basketball. I loved “girly girl” things too! My favorite artist was Britney Spears, I was a boy band lover – #teamNSYNC, and I always had painted nails. My dream job was to be a teacher and my biggest worry in life was if my friends and I had the same lunch break at school.
Now as I approach my 25 birthday this summer – I reflect on the person I am today , some things are different, some are the same! There is still a big part of me that is a tom boy – I still love watching football (Redskin Nation) and I am glued to the NBA Finals like everyone else (#gowizards). I am competitive in life – I like to do my very best in everything I do. So in that sense these traits about me have not changed in the past 20 years. On the contrary, while I still love Britney, I’d say my favorite artist is Jason Aldean and I love country music now! My career has changed from teacher to event and meeting planner, and I’d say my biggest worry is paying bills!
With all this being said, one of my biggest changes I have seen in myself is how much I have changed just in the past 7 years. After leaving home to go away to college, I decided in my first semester that I wanted to get a tattoo. A decision that can be defined as: ‘impulsive 18-year old, I’m a “grown up” now’. Without thinking through how hard tattoos are to cover when you are in the working world, wearing professional attire, suits, heels, I decided to get my tattoo on my left foot. No personal or significant meaning of the tattoo – just a pretty design. I liked the design, I liked tattoos, and I decided to go for it! I was happy with the tattoo, I liked it, and I didn’t regret the tattoo after, not even or year or 2 after. But now 7 years later, I just finished my first 4 of 16 sessions to get my tattoo removed and a total of a 1 year before it is gone entirely.
As I reflect on this change in myself, I have learned that the person you are at 18 years old is not the same person you are at age 25 years old. Some of the choices you make in life are permanent (or very painful to correct!). I’ve learned to think things through deeper and not make impulsive decisions. I have learned it is important to live in the moment because you will never get that moment back but don’t forget that the decisions you make in that moment can be a “forever thing”. Most importantly, be true to yourself by making decisions that make you happy – no one else!