As I've noted many times, your MatchGirl is fast approaching her 35th birthday (it's in November & presents are welcome). And, as regular readers will know, this looming event gives me pause.
It's a milestone birthday that has me considering where I am going and what I am doing - in every aspect of my life.
I recently read a blog post listing eleven famous people who were not doing the jobs that they are famous for when they were 30 years old. And gentle readers, I'm not going to lie, that list made me feel a bit better about where my life is going and the direction I am taking it in. I've written before about how Julia Child found her passion - her soul mate, her love of French culture, her fervor for French cooking - when she was just a bit older than your MatchGirl is now.
This I find inspiring.
Because even though I have friends who are just past 30 and have jobs - no, careers - that are not only impressive, but that they enjoy. I'm not jealous. How could I be? They have careers that they have been focused on for their entire adult lives. Maybe before they were even adults. I don't have that. The answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?" was never so simple or so focused for me. Of course, I have friends who fell into amazing jobs or amazing careers, not to say they don't work hard, because they do, they are simply in jobs they didn't dream about as kids.
And that's OK. We all have different paths. We all come upon where we're supposed to be at different times and in different ways.
And, with the specter of that milestone birthday only a few months in the distance - I feel like I might be on the right path.