Whether it's pulling a wedding invitation out of my mailbox. Buying a onesie at Baby Gap. Another bridal shower guest saying, "So, are YOU married?" because apparently it wasn't obvious that I was the only ringless girl at the table, let alone in the room. All of these things and more are reminders that I'm in my late twenties. I always like to say things like, "Y'all are married and I'm still just Teddi!" and I prefer to pretend that everyone else is growing up but the truth is that I am too. But what I'm learning is that you don't have to get engaged, hitched or pregnant to do so.
For such a long time, I felt like everyone else was running a race and I was sitting on the starting line. That was tough. I think any gal who's experienced it can attest that it's not the prettiest place to be. Feeling left behind and left out is really icky. There will always be people who look down on you because of the choices you have (or haven't) made. Why add one more to the list by looking down on yourself?
This year has been the best of my life. So much has happened. And I hope you'll read my newest Divine Caroline article, 25 is Not the Loneliest Number, if you haven't yet. I've been blessed a million times over the past eight plus months, but perhaps the greatest gift of all was finally realizing that only when you stop worrying about your future are you truly able to enjoy your present. And so I have been. Almost every single day. (Hey, I'm not perfect!)
And you know what? Engaged, married or pregnant... I think I'd still be a joker. Life is just more fun that way.