I celebrated my 29th birthday last night the best way I possibly could have--with pizza, a Dairy Queen ice cream cake (my favorite), Miller Lite and family. Surprisingly, I'm not too freaked out about getting older. I'm certainly not a spring chicken anymore, but I'm excited about all the things I have yet to experience.
With that being said, I'm not exactly where I had imagined I'd be at this point in my life. (Who is, though?) I never really thought I'd be married with kids at 29, but I did assume I'd be more financially stable and a few steps closer to landing my dream job--whatever that is. Honestly, sometimes I feel like a big ol' loser. La-who-za-herrr, as Ace Venture says.
But, I know I'm not a loser. (Right? Riiiight?!) One thing I've learned since I lost my job is that no matter where you are in life, it's all about confidence. I used to be so insecure when people asked me what I did for a living, that I could never give a straight answer. I'd ramble on and on with the hopes that something that came out of my mouth sounded midly impressive. I always felt like I needed to explain myself, but I no longer feel that way. I've learned to focus on the future, and to tell people about my dreams and ideas instead of dwelling on the past.
Delivery is also important. When I say, "I started a blog and I LOVE it!" people can see my passion for it. I think that's more respectable than someone who makes six figures, but doesn't even enjoy what he does. (At least that's what I'm choosing to tell myself). One thing I learned from a woman I used to work with is that you gotta "fake it to make it." She was so confident (or at least she knew how to pretend to be), and she made everything she did sound amaaazing. She even knew how to make writing a note on a Post-It sound important! It was unreal. The more you believe in yourself, the more others will, too.
So I guess the moral of this post is that it's not where you are, but where you're going. I have moments where I forget that, but I think it's a good way to think. What about you: How do you feel about where you are at this point in your life?