I think everyone has a plan don't they? Of how they see themselves, where they aspire to be and what job they want. I know I did and when I was 17 I wouldn't have imagined how my life is now, a mere 10 years later and everything I wanted has completely changed.
Rewind 10 years, I was a Glam Metal loving 17 year old 80's throwback in college doing music tech because I knew all I ever wanted to do was music. I aspired to set off to college to study music and events so I could one day spend my life organising events like Download and Reading. I wasn't bothered about houses, cars, finding a guy or any of that kinda crap. I just wanted to work in music!
Fast forward my life to the now. I'm 4 months pregnant with my first child, just brought my first house, I drive an executive BMW, I just relocated to the seaside and I've just started my own social media business. 17 year old me would most definitely be horrified.
I applied to uni after college and got in but I didn't go. It just so happened that 6 months before I met Stew, who 9 years later I've been married to for 4 years this October and will be having said child with come December. After I met him I didn't really care about going to uni, I wanted to give us a try. Bizarre as when I met him I really wasn't bothered or looking for my perfect guy.
I was never one of those girls who spent their lives planning their future wedding, I'd never really thought about my wedding day. It wasn't ever something I saw as being absent, just something that I wasn't too bothered about either way. I'm not sure how 17 year old me would respond to that. Yes, I had a big white princess dress but I still walked down the aisle to AC/DC and had all my bridesmaids in black!
I then became a Librarian, something I'd never have seen myself doing. Ever.
Truth is I bloody loved it and since I got made redundant and relocated it's something I've really missed! 17 year old me would most deffo be upset by this. I was meant to spend my life planning music events not organising books, God!
However despite none of my teenage dreams coming true, I wouldn't change my life at all. I do look back and wish I had gone to uni sometimes but I see so many of my friends coming out of uni with fancy degrees and then working in retail because they can't get a job with 30K of debt to pay back. I worked my arse off and made my way up the Library chain and worked with people who had uni degrees, while all I had was experience.
I still can't believe 10 years has flown by and in so many ways I feel so much older but there's still that same 17 year old glam metaller inside who loves to get out every now and then! So if your just starting your journey, don't panic! What you think you want, might just turn out to be something completely different!
Until next time,