Ever since I turned 13 years old, I've consciously tried to work towards becoming a man. Here at 25 years old, I've passed a clear milestone. I'm a quarter of a century old. My childhood, my teen years, and now even my early twenties, are behind me.
As one leaves their teens into their very early twenties, there's some understandable wrestling between childhood and adulthood. But by the time someone hits 25, I feel it's definitely time to be an adult.
Growing up isn't something we should fear, and its something we should embrace in the season it's meant for. The Apostle Paul, in the Bible, said of maturing, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” (1 Corinthians 13:11).
Being 25 has encouraged me to assess my maturity level, and whether or not I am where I should be in this stage of my life. I'm not where I imagined I'd be at 25. I remember as a teenager assuming I'd be married, living on my own, and in my 'ideal' career, by the time I was 25.
Today, life is quite different, and to be honest, that's OK. While I'm single, I've tried to learn more about myself, and who I am, and how to grow closer to those God has currently placed in my life.
Living on my own, at this point, is of little interest to me. I'm a conversational person when I get going, and I don't know if truly living alone, is something I would be comfortable with yet, besides all that, it's a lot more economical living at home as long as I can.
As for the career, working slowly into my 'ideal' path, has been a much more enjoyable experience, and I don't regret it at all. I hope to pursue more work in the audio engineering field, but the work I do creates variety, that keeps my audio freelance work from getting stale and repetitive.
In short, my life is not what I thought it would be, but for the most part, I don't mind. A lot of things in my life have turned out better than expected, and I'm thankful to the Lord, my parents and siblings, my place of work, and every other person in my life, for their part in helping me become the man I am today.
"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him." - Aldous Huxley.
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