In response to a #tbt post on Jenny’s blog, and because it’s my birthday and I tend to get philosophical and profound around my birthday, I decided to compare my current self to my 25 year old self, around the time I moved to NYC in a few categories, namely:-
Then: Reading, Writing, Walking
Now: Reading, Writing/Blogging, Running, Travel- Walking/Hiking/Camping, Photography
Then: Job Applications, Homework, Poetry, Journal
Now: Blog, Journal, Novels, Essays
Then: Dawson’s Creek, America’s Next Top Model, Friends, Smallville
Now: Reality TV, Live With Kelly & Michael, Steve Harvey Show, Netflix
Then: Pizza, Chinese Takeout, Blimpie sandwiches, Pepsi
Now: Vegetables, Salads, French Fries, Maoz Falafel Sandwiches
Then: Optimistic, Ambitious, Determined
Then: Old Navy Flared Jeans, White tank tops (to highlight my abs), black boots
Now: Express skinny Jeans, peplum tops (to conceal my lack of ab muscles) neon sneakers. On Saturdays, pastel suits, silk hats and 4-inch heels. At any other time, brightly colored running clothes and even brighter sneakers.
Dreams / Life Plans
Then: Chemical Engineer, Pullitzer Prize winner, wife and mom of twins
Now: College Professor, Pullitzer Prize winner, wife and adopted mom
It’s good to know that I am still essentially the same person, that I haven’t changed past being able to recognize my former self. But it’s also a bit alarming that so many of the things that were important ambitions still haven’t been realized. But rather than feel unaccomplished, I choose to feel optimistic, that there is still room to become the things that I wanted to be when I grew up. I guess it means that no matter my age, there is still room to grow and I don’t mind that at all.
I just have to keep working at making my dreams come true.
What about you? How have you changed? Wanna take the challenge?