As I look back at 2013 I realize that I did a good amount of soul searching and analyzing the details of where I am in my life and while some people are way ahead of me (married, kids, own a home) that doesn’t mean I’m not normal. Really, is there even such a thing as being “normal”? Who do you even compare yourself to in order to determine if you’re normal or not!? Everyone’s life is different and so are the situations that we are presented with on a daily basis.
Sometimes people ask me questions about my life and I automatically get defensive, not because I’m insecure but because I don’t ever need anyone trying to make me second guess my life. Never again will I compare myself to anyone else. Why? Because for me, it’s totally normal to be 27 and…
1. Live at home.
I had to get out of a crappy living situation and I had no other choice. If I wanted to move into an apartment with 4 chihuahuas I would probably only be able to keep 2 of them. Well, I love my dogs like people so that’s not an option, ever. And so what, I may live back with my parents but I can save money quickly now to put a down payment on a house that I really want, instead of just settling on one because I needed to move out of my old place in a hurry.
2. Not be married.
So what, I didn’t settle for the wrong one just because I hadn’t met the right one yet and everyone around me did. A ring and a marriage certificate don’t define me. In fact, I’m pretty proud of myself for having a good job for 8 years now, a successful blog on the side, and no regrets about my past relationships. They didn’t last because they weren’t meant to. I won’t ever commit to someone unless I know it’s right, and obviously I always knew things weren’t right before.
3. Not have or want kids.
Actually, I don’t want kids. I never have. I get tired of explaining it but basically it’s just not something that I ever felt I just HAD to do in my life. I am quite satisfied with having pets and a busy work life. Sure, I might get excluded from playdates with my friends but I’m happy with my decision and I won’t let anyone change my mind.
So what makes you normal at your age?