Last week, on Saturday, August 10th, 2013, I turned 20 years old. I’ve completed two full decades of my life, and prayerfully I have many more decades ahead of me. Every time a birthday passes me by I reflect on the past, evaluate the present, and plan for the future. This helps me to keep my goals in order and keep my life on track.
As I look back on my past, I realize how much I have changed and how different my personality is. When I was a child I was talkative, but soft spoken. I always had a lot to say, but I was afraid to be forceful about saying it. Over the years, I have realized that if I want to be heard, then I need to be outspoken and assertive. I spent years developing my social skills and my public speaking, and now I am almost too loud and outspoken. People often don’t believe me when I tell them that I used to be timid. Looking back on my earlier years gives me satisfaction in that I was able to successfully make a personality change that has greatly improved my life.
I am satisfied and content with my current situation. I am doing well in school, I am where I need to be financially, and my relationships with my loved ones are strong. I have maintained a 3.9 GPA throughout my first two years of college, and I expect to extend the streak through the end of my time in higher education. Ever since I started my first job I have been in the habit of saving my money, and my parents assist me where they are able, so I am stable and provided for. I put my all into my relationships with God, my family, my friends, and my girlfriend. I put a strong effort into being communicative, loving, and forgiving toward my loved ones. I take initiative and responsibility for everything that is within my control, and in everything I cannot control I trust God to keep order and make everything work together for my good.
Barring any major catastrophes, I expect my future to be great. I had a wonderful upbringing, I retained a lot of the things that my parents have tried to instill in me, and I have a lot of good things going for me. Some day I will have my own family, and I hope to give my children the same good life that I was given by my parents. I will also have a career as a professor, and I want to be as hard-working as my parents are. With every birthday that passes, I think more and more about what it means to be an adult and have my own responsibilities. I hope and pray that, as has been the case up until now, every one of my birthdays is better than the last.