This Sunday, May 31st, I will be 27 years old. Not only another year older, but another year wiser. I have never been afraid of getting older. Of course the laugh lines, slower metabolism and inability to stay up past 1am have their draw backs. But on the contrary, I’ve always looked forward to what comes with age. More financial stability (hopefully), deeper relationships (most of the time), and the ability to know yourself better than you did the year before. There are plenty of articles that state women become most confident with age, particularly during there late 20’s and early 30’s. It is finally becoming clear to me why this happens. Over the years we become less concerned with things that don’t matter. More comfortable with ourselves, our flaws and more confident in our abilities. Now a days, when I look back at photos of myself , I remember the insecurities and the fear I had of the unknown. How many minutes, hours, days did I waste thinking or worrying about things that didn’t really matter or events I could not change? I wish I could speak to my younger self and give her a pep talk. “Everything happens for a reason,” I would say. “Remember to live in the moment.”
Everyday I remind myself to be present and enjoy what is around me. I am just happy that at 27 everything is becoming more clear. I finally know exactly what I want my career to look like. Some people go there entire lives without knowing, so for this I am thankful.
I told myself at the beginning of this year that 2015 would be the best year of my life. To be completely honest, it has already had some ups and downs. But at the same time, I’ve seen a change in my sense of self and this alone is incredible. So yes, while I am another year older, I am happy to say that I am also another year wiser and that is never a bad thing. As we become more comfortable with who we are, and less concerned with who other’s think we should be, we find peace and happiness with ourselves.
Thank you all for celebrating another birthday with me. The 3rd to be exact 🙂 I hope everyone learns to understand and love themselves more as we add another candle to our cakes this year.
Photos by: Azusa Takano
Hair: Ali at Vicente Salon