This post is a departure from my usual content, but I thought it was a really interesting topic. I read a great article recently on Jezebel about how the traditional list of life achievements is changing. The suggested list on Jezebel is not perfect, but the discussion is a great one.
For some reason, I always had fixed (if vague) ideas about what I would achieve by the age of 30. I expected that somehow I would be earning over $100k, be married, have children, and own a house. I'm now about 7 weeks away from 30... and have just squeaked in to achieve exactly one of my four ideals.
I am in no way sad about this. I have other achievements instead! They may not have been intended, or apparent at the time I achieved them, but they make me happy regardless.
In no particular order, I'm proud of:
- Graduating with an Honours degree in Engineering. I don't know why this wasn't on my original list, because I was studying for it at the time!
|See the look of glee? No more studying! Also, we got to wear capes.|
- Living alone for a year. My last year living in Melbourne was in a little one bedroom flat on the corner of Dandenong Road and Burke Road. It was loud, poorly insulated, and desperately in need of renovation. But I paid the rent each week, had visitors whenever I pleased, and could live in exactly the manner that I preferred.
|It's a stupid photo, but when you live on your own you can invite mates around to dance, sing, and drink wine from the bottle in your lounge room! Good times.|
- Being able to look after myself. Look, many people can do these things. But I'm glad that I can cook, type, clean, sew, change the oil, drive a manual car, etc. These are very useful skills!
- Moving overseas on my own. Most people go on their OE with a mate or a partner. I didn't. Not to prove any point, just because my life didn't work that way. It was a momentous act (for me) and I am still grateful to my colleagues here for their support and friendship.
|Sometimes my cooking is just chocolate crackles though.|
- Maintaining friendships through many decades and thousands of kilometres. The internet can take a lot of credit for this one.
|I was Kate's bridesmaid in 2011. The physics experiment in this photo was in 1995.|
- Sewing my own wedding dress. A lot of my blog readers can do this, but not too many members of the public. We're special, I guess?
|SEE THAT LUSCIOUS SILK. You're welcome (for the gratuitous dress photo)|