“80% of life’s most significant events take place by age 35, making the 20s a ‘developmental sweet spot.’” ~ Meg Jay, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist specializing in adult development and the author of The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–and How to Make the Most of Them Now
I came across this quote and it stuck out to me because, while I have eight years before thirty-five, my twenties can be absolutely defined as a developmental sweet spot. I have developed from a young, naïve, trusting girl to a confident, optimistic, smart woman. And I still have a long way to go.
In my early twenties, I had my heart broken for the first time, and the second time, and the third time. I graduated from college, moved to Baltimore to get over it, and started my career. Through my mid twenties (23 – 26) I got my feet wet in public relations, changed jobs, earned my first big promotion and made the decision to move to LA. To date in my late twenties, while I’m just entering them, I am finding my groove as a professional, opening my heart up to the possibility of a relationship and not just casual dating, and making healthy choices that will impact the rest of my life.
While I flesh out the rest of my twenties and the first five years of my thirties, I can only imagine what other significant events will take place, both good and bad. What an exciting journey we are so lucky to be on. Ten years ago, the thought of celebrating my late twenties and early thirties wouldn’t have existed. Now that I’m here, with a career, a home, a paycheck and a full heart… I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
What are you most looking forward to by thirty-five?