Another Year Around the Sun

Last week was my birthday. It got me thinking, 34 sure looks a lot different than I expected it to be. They tell you that you’ll get older, get married, be a good woman and have some kids, have a grown up job, and do all the things our parents did. But what if that life wasn’t for you? What if you decided to live a different way?

I think a lot of us struggle with knowing what we want in life. We settle for the norm or do what we are told to do. All the while not really ever being happy with it. It has taken me this long to find my passion. At 34, I sure wish I had discovered climbing sooner. I feel like I’ve lived many different lives up until now. I feel happy about where I am in life despite of all the ups and downs and even though it took me a while to get here, I’m here now. I know that everything I have been through has prepared me for this and I am who I am because of it.

I may never have my shit together, a grown up job, or have any kids, but what I do know is I’m absolutely living my dream and I’m exactly where I want to be. Tonight I leave for CHINA!!!!! This time last year I had never been out of the country before. Now this will be my 3rd trip in 9 months! THIS is my living dream come true.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.
There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want.
You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing.
We can make the best or the worst of it.
I hope you make the best of it.
And I hope you feel things you never felt before.
I hope you meet people with a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you’re proud of.
If you find that you’re not,
I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”