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I'm Only 21 Years Old, But Sometimes I Feel Like I'm Behind In Life

But the truth is, I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be.

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Society has always had this idea of how the future is supposed to go for everyone. Graduate high school, graduate college, get a job, get married, have kids. I always thought this was the best way to go about my life so I never complained. This is how I wanted my life to play out. Well, over the past few years, it's become more normal for people to not really follow this order of things.

I know people who had a baby before they finished high school. I know people who got married right after high school. I know people who never went to college. I know so many people who didn't follow this route to take that has been drilled into our heads since we were children.

Personally, I wanted to go to college. And that's where I am. I graduated from high school and I immediately went to college. I didn't get married and I didn't have a baby.

There's nothing wrong with the path and the order you chose to take on your life, but sometimes I look around and it makes me feel like I'm behind in my life. I feel like I should have more accomplished.

But I'm only 21, and I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be.

I'm in my last full year of college. I'll graduate with a bachelor's degree soon, so I'm not behind. I'm exactly where someone my age would be expected to be.

At my age, I shouldn't have every single detail figured out. That's not how it's supposed to be. I'm not supposed to have my own family and have a degree already. That's so unrealistic to just have everything for the rest of my life already set in stone. I'm still so young.

Like I said, it doesn't matter how we each choose to live our life. We don't have a pattern to follow. I'm a strong believer that all things happen for a reason. If I was supposed to be somewhere else, doing something else, then that's where I'd be.

But I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be, doing the things I am destined to do.


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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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4 Things I Wish High School Me Knew

Every day has a purpose.

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People don't give high school enough credit for having the ability to shape your life. It can build you or it can break you and often times there is no in between. As I enter into my senior year of college I have reflected a lot on my college career and how it really has been the best years of my life up to this point, but I know that without a doubt my life would have been so different in I would have known these things as a high schooler.

1. Your life is valuable

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-7

2. You aren't defined by your singleness. 

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. - Song of Solomon 2:7

4. You aren't going to fit in

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2

4. Your clothes aren't going to fit forever, don't spend all of your money on them 

Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." - Luke 12:15

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