Today I say Goodbye to 27 and Hello to 28. It’s always a surreal feeling as an adult to go from one age to the next. I feel like I have just barely begun to say my age is 27 instead of 26 and now I will again have to relearn my age. 27 seemed scary at first, but then I grew to love the number and the age. Now I am 28 and I don’t feel any different….I remember as a kid the day I started thinking there would be this physical as well as mental reaction to aging. Like your birthday would arrive and you would actually be able to feel your body’s time clock move up a year. I quickly learned this was not the way life works. It was the first of many lessons I would learn.
When I went from 25 to 26, I came to terms with the fact that I was now over the quarter century mark. Part of me hated it but I have to also appreciate it because there are so many who do not even make it halfway to that point. I’m incredibly lucky to be within 2 years of turning 30. We ALL are lucky to be the age we have made it to, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have those moments where we think, “Oh, I am so old!”. I won’t lie and say I haven’t thought of being so close to another start in a decade of my life as a frightening thought, but I will say I am getting good at quickly redirecting that thought into being thankful for making it thus far.
For me, this moment feels like saying goodbye to a close friend I have hardly got the chance to know. I met 27 with some trepidation, grew to love her and wanted to spend the rest of my life getting to know 27 better. Sadly, the time flew by and my friend must now go into my memory where I can remember her but never again live IN that moment.
Hello to my new friend, 28….I have less trepidation this time around thanks to the greatness of 27, but it will still take time for me to feel close to you. There are guaranteed to be times in the first month or two where I mistake you for my old friend and then remember, you are not her, you are not 27, you are 28. But I will eventually get close to you, possibly even more so than I did with 27 and I will cherish those moments while they are around. Just around the corner I know you, too, will be gone for good and another number will replace you as it has for many years now.
Goodbye 27, it was nice knowing you! Hello 28, nice to meet you! 🙂