Relative to his peers, Johnny was a late bloomer! If everyone worked their first job at the age of 30 then Johnny would be ahead of the game in that regards right? Who is it that determines what should be done and at what age. Our progression and rate of progression in life is determined by many factors such as upbringing, experiences, thought process etc.
|My girlfriend and I since 20-11-2004|
Johnny is really me. Or rather, I am Johnny. I met my babe at 20, my first job was at 22, I was financially dependent on my parents until age 25, and I didn't drive or have my licence until 28. I was ashamed of my progress for most of my twenties until I started to realize that it's OK to be a little behind. Life is not always a race, and just because it took me longer than the next person to accomplish the same tasks does not mean I am worth any less. It just so happens that circumstances led me to achieve those milestones later on in life. And that's OK too. Once I came to terms with this, I was able to use all that built up energy and passion, not toward moping and pitying myself, but towards building the future that I wanted.
...take off some plates
|My first car at age 28|
...so how did I get there?
I started to slow down further and went at my own pace. I told myself that it's OK to be "behind." I didn't focus on where I was or where I was heading. I focused on the things I must do in order to get to where I wanted to be, and I did them.
Take it one step at a time, challenge yourself a little bit at each step, and remember that progress is progress no matter how slow!
We all take different paths but eventually end up at the same spot.