Welcome to Let’s Go, Tarpley!
The last week of April marked two occasions: First, I prepared to launch this new blog! Second, I turned 25.
That’s right, you have been cordially invited to my quarter-life crisis!
There’s something about turning 25 that has me thinking about where I “should” be at this age. Or rather, where I expected to be.
For many years, pretty much until I was 22 or 23, this was the plan: I would graduate college, travel for a year, then go to graduate school and become an awesome, single, self-sufficient businesswoman.
Grad school didn’t happen. I meant to go, but a few months after moving to New Zealand, I decided I wanted to keep traveling instead.
So that’s what I did. Honestly, I don’t remember what I originally wanted to study in graduate school. Communication? Maybe. Actually, it might have been French Education. Regardless, it hasn’t happened yet.
I also anticipated being single right now. Age 25 was the absolute earliest I ever pictured getting married.
Yeah, I married The Husband when I was 24. Whoops.
And here we are, 6 months after our wedding, living in Shenzhen, China. We both teach English as a Second Language in a Chinese primary school. I am also a part-time freelance writer.
So … Didn’t go to grad school. Still traveling. Not single. Obviously not a businesswoman—I don’t even own a Hillary Clinton-esque suit!
But do I have any regrets?
Of course I do. Anyone over the age of 20 who says they wouldn’t do anything differently is probably lying. If you can honestly say you have no regrets, though, I’m sending you a ton of virtual high fives right now!
But life is about trade-offs, as my father has always told me. I’m OK with putting my education on hold (perhaps indefinitely) for a few more years of traveling the world. I’m actually happy that I didn’t jump into a career, because I’ve had time to think about what I really want to be when I grow up.
(Does anyone else forget that they are already “grown up?” The other day, I had the thought, “If my parents die, who will adopt me?” Then I realized I’m in my mid-20s. I have friends who are adopting kids. Yikes, Laura Grace.)
And I’m definitely happy I have The Husband.
All you fellow bloggers/travelers out there … Any regrets about the trade-offs you’ve made?
P.S. – Check out my About Page to learn more about this blog. Congrats on making it all the way through my first post!
***This first post is in honor of my late grandmother, Janice Washburn, who passed away last month. She was a fellow traveler and writer. Plus, she was just an all-around awesome lady.