Happy Wednesday, Magical Creatures!
I turn 23 tomorrow, which is such a weird age, don’t you think? I’m pretty sure that I thought I would never be 23. You think about what your life will be like when you are 21, 25, 30 even 22, but never once have I thought, “Hmm. I wonder what my life will be like when I’m 23.”
But, I will be 23. I’m going to have to deal with being 23 for an entire year, so don’t worry, getting over it now.
Looking back at the past year, I realize how absolutely insane it has been. I’ve gone through some major life changes and accomplished quite a bit (no wonder I’m so tired!).
For today, I am still 22, and the earth has given me magical weather. Rainy, humid, cool but not cold. The air feels thick.
On this, my last day of 22, I thought I’d try to gain a little wisdom by reflecting on the last year of my life.
- I wrote 15 blog posts. Not my best work, I know. I’m not going to beat myself up though because I do what I can and what I need to do for myself, and sometimes blogging gets pushed down near the bottom of that list.
- I decided to take a break from my part time job. I decided that concentrating on my academics was more important.
- I joined a student organization. I am well known for being un-involved in extracurricular activities (in college, at least). This was a big stretch for me but I gained valuable assets from joining PRSSA.
- I voted. Although the election didn’t exactly turn out how I had hoped, I am glad I made the decision to exercise my right.
- I interviewed for an internship, and I got the job. I had a fantastic experience working at Liz Alig. So fantastic, I forgot to leave!
- I interviewed for an internship, and I didn’t get the job. This failure was an important stepping stone for learning how I perform in interviews, and how to accept my personal strengths and weaknesses.
- I saw Hamilton. I was in the room where it happened with my mom and sis.
- I raised my GPA, made the Dean’s list, and was granted back my presidential scholarship. I went through a few personal and health struggles that negatively impacted my class performance during my sophomore year, resulting in the loss of my scholarship. But, I worked really hard to get it back and did even better than I thought I would. It was a huge win for me, mostly because I proved to myself that I could do it.
- I went to Washington DC. I have been before when I was younger, but this time I felt like I was genuinely able to appreciate the value of the history I was seeing and experiencing.
- I got bangs. Hey–we all have regrets.
- I decided to make a conscious effort to reduce my footprint. I started to be more conscious of what garments I was buying, in what quantity and from where.
- I went to Colorado. It was my first time in the rocky mountains AND taking a vacation without my fam. I also learned that Colorado is WAY TOO FAR TO DRIVE TO.
- I was diagnosed with sciatica. So, my back hurts sometimes. Sometimes it’s really painful but other times it’s fine.
- I attended a public protest.
- I reconnected with a friend. Overjoyed that I randomly ran in to my high school best friend Ally at a bar in Warsaw, because now she can be more than just my high school best friend.
- I lived by myself for the first time. A little scary, but I learned to be cautious about leaving lights on and locking my door.
- I learned what it feels like to be overworked. Once my internship started and I was driving to Indy three times a week, while also working at American Eagle, while also looking for a job, while also taking my final college course and sometimes babysitting–I was a little tired.
- I graduated from college. Whoo!
- I moved to downtown Indianapolis. And I love it.
- I started a full time job. Again, love it.
- I saw the solar eclipse. Not full totality, but standing in the circle with 500 of my closest friends and looking up at the sky together was pretty cool.
- I dyed my hair red. I’m hoping it will make me more fiery and adventurous. That’s how it works, right?
- I visited my brother in Atlanta and made a couple new friends. I finally had a chance to get to know my brothers girlfriend, Jessica. I also became bffs with her dog, Tucker, who is a sweet magical unicorn puppy. And I saw Stan Lee and we are best friends now I think.
Wow! So many things! Anyways, happy birthday to me and all that nonsense. Look out for my sister and I this weekend on Mass Ave celebrating. We’ll be the ones wearing obnoxious blow up unicorn horns on our heads.
Below is a small collection of photographed standout moments from 22.
Glitter and Rainbows,
Hannah @ 22