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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

It's official!

I have decided that i am officially having my 'quarter life crisis'.
My birthday is on monday, and let's just say i'll be on the other side of my 20's. I don't think it's so much the age issue, (even though i'm getting far too close to 30 than i'm comfortable to admit) but more the 'achievement factor' that i've always associated with this age.
When my Mum turned 26, I was one month off turning 5, my sister was 3, and mum was 5 months pregnant with my brother.
In my grand life plan (the one that's always in the back of your mind) i had always thought that i'd at least be married by now- but not with 3 kids already! 
It's easy for me to think that because i'm not where i thought i'd be that i haven't accomplished anything. But, as i look back over my (short) life, i have done quite a lot. 
I became the first person in my dad's family to complete my schooling, and do so successfully. I was accepted into my first choice at university, but deferred for 12 months and eventually decided that social science wasn't for me.
I studied piano for 4 years and played in my local church for 8 years. (I started playing in church when i was 12).
I was a member and assistant coach of the local calisthenics club for 9 years, which culminated in 3 state titles, 2 for the team i was in, and 1 with the team i assisted. In that time i was also awarded the equivalent of the best & fairest or coach's trophy, and also recieved a club award for dance.
I performed at 3 'carols on the foreshore', once as the feature soloist, in front of around 3500 people.
That was all before i turned 21.
After i turned 21, i joined a band and moved to Sydney. The band thing didn't go well at all and so only lasted 3 months. But 5 years later, i'm still here!
I'm actively involved in my church as a vocalist and as a leader. I've worked full-time for my church, and have been involved in recording 2 albums with the church.
 I've also had the opportunity to be part of our Christmas and Easter productions for the part 4 1/2 years, and meet and work with some incredibly talented musicians and vocalists.
I am now working a fantastic job in the city and also work as a singing teacher as well.
So i'm not where i thought i'd be, but who knows where i should be apart from God? After all, His ways are higher than mind. Before i was formed He knew me and numbered my days. His plans for me are for good not evil, and if i keep my trust in Him, He will make my paths straight!

You certainly have accomplished a lot in your life so far and I'm sure there's plenty more to come.

I do wish that I'd met and married Pauline sooner than I did but we didn't meet until we were both 28. We married later that year when we were 29.

Pauline's mum was 21 when Pauline was born so I guess she might have been thinking the same way you are now.
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