“The Next Big Adventure Is Being a Homeowner”
Nothing in life is set in stone. I have heard that the human personality is not fully defined until the age of 24. I have been through a lot of phases in my adolescence. I have had pink and purple streaks before they were “in.” I have obsessed over different genres of music at different points of my life, and I have made and broken a lot of relationships. All of these experiences have helped create me and helped me become a better and stronger person. I have taken on multiple roles. I have survived an almost decade long relationship, which is still going strong. I have had my dream wedding on a budget, and I have given birth to a beautiful baby boy. There are also some things that I have not accomplished. For instance, I still don’t have a license to drive (but it’s okay because I am a city girl, and my husband drives.) There are still some dreams that I have, and I have plenty of time to work on them.
The next big adventure is being a homeowner. By far the hardest thing I have encountered in my 20s is house hunting. It is the most anxious and nerve wreaking thing ever. Of course the very first house my husband and I went to look at was my house. I have had the decoration and floor plans all mapped out in my head the moment I stepped in the door. It was all new and exciting to me, and I guess I got overeager, because the second time I went to view the house, I didn’t like it as much as the first time. I fell in love with the idea of having my own house, not the house itself. So now I am stuck in the beginning steps of an overwhelming process. Luckily, I have a great support team to help me through it, and Pinterest to keep it entertaining!
There is an unknown point in your 20s when you stop being carefree, wild, and young, and become responsible, still kind of fun, and young. I don’t remember when that happened to me, but it seems forever ago. Your 20s are full of memories, tragedies, accomplishments and realities. However, all of these experiences help create you. Being a women in your 20s kicks ass. Being a 20-something is so empowering. When you’re a teenager you know it all, but when you’re in your 20s you learn it all. So here I am. I have a little less than three years left in my 20s. I have learned a lot of things in the past seven years and have experienced a lot of things as well. I have conquered the quarter life! I have learned what I need to that will help me survive my 30s, 40s, and beyond; whatever comes my way.
Nothing in life is set in stone, but the 20s were and continue to be my foundation and support. To quote J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, “All was well…” I have learned enough in my 20s to know that all will be well!
Kimberly Oteri is a South Philly girl with a severe case of the Dreamer’s Disease. She spends most of her time with her husband Chris, and beautiful baby boy, CJ. In her free time she teaches 6th grade Literature and Social Studies, is a graduate student in pursuit of a Masters in Special Education, obsesses over anything Harry Potter, and sings and dances like there is no tomorrow. Her passion for reading has inspired her to write–and now she blogs!