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Quarter life celebration


I had this moment of panic a few weeks ago, when I realized that my life consisted of driving a Toyota Corolla, attending retirement luncheons at Red Lobster and working a desk job in the suburbs. (I ate three cheddar biscuits for those wondering. They were delicious.) The even scarier part of all of this was that I like that this is my life. I just never really saw myself this settled before the age of 30. Anyway, I’m about to turn 25, and instead of having a quarter life crisis, I’m deciding to just have a quarter life celebration. Really when I look over my life these past 25 years, I’m much more impressed by how much I have my act together than I am disappointed by the things I don’t have.

23rd birthday. When I was still young.

My early 20s have definitely been full of a lot of learning. I lived in Honduras, Atlanta, and Denver. I spent five weeks of unemployment in Colorado just hiking by myself and rediscovering my love of mountains. I earned a Master’s degree and was an exceedingly lucky person that had a full-time job lined up before graduation.  I made the major life decision to stay in Colorado long-term instead of moving to DC for a career actually related to my degree. I decided I wanted to learn to ski and did it. I made amazing post-college friends. I came to terms with the fact that I hate cooking, and I’m happier eating cereal and humus.

Do I have everything figured out? Is my life perfect? Absolutely not! But when I focus on the life that I have made for myself, I actually think the first 25 years have turned out pretty well. It’s so tempting to compare your life to someone else’s or think about the things your life doesn’t have. We’re all guilty of that. At least for my birthday though, I refuse to do it. The glass is half-full, and there is no reason for my birthday to involve a quarter life crisis. I’m going to be happy with exactly where I am right now. 25 years young!

25 years young!

Okay and fine I admit it. I’m not making it through my 25th birthday scot-free. I sold the Corolla and now drive an SUV named Xena. Xena the Warrior Princess. Fitting right?


Author: paulamahla

Typical Colorado girl that can't make up her mind. Trail running, hiking, climbing, camping, CrossFit, ultimate frisbee, and skiing? E, all of the above.

3 thoughts on “Quarter life celebration

  1. Happy birthday, Paula! Great outlook – this shouldn’t be just a birthday outlook though but a LIFE outlook! For my 25th birthday, I went to the mint to get a fresh quarter and started a blog. Your celebration sounds a lot more fun! Enjoy the mountains today! And your new baby Xena. 🙂

  2. Hope you had a wonderful birthday celebration!! I just found your blog and excited to follow a fellow Denver blogger!

  3. Pingback: My new favorite 14er | return to the motherland

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