written by Glyka P.

Night, flat gathering. All of us either fast approaching 30s or have already passed that threshold. Cocktails. Tones of chocolate and traditional Greek Christmas delicacies. Hours of talking. Twists and turns in the conversation, until, suddenly, the big question arises:

 What the hell are we going to do with our lives?

You see, when I was in my early 20s I had this visionnote
of myself at 30.  Smartly dressed, successful, with a secured job, money, my own little dream house, probably a life-long partner and having figured out what life is all about.

What have I managed so far? I am not even close to that youthful vision. At almost 30, I have quit my job, I still more or less dress like my 20-year-old self, I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do next and there is no way I could afford a house. Ever.

But you know what? It’s ok.

Because I am now living in one of the most magical cities in the world, I have my super friends and I can practically do whatever I want. It’s a new kind of freedom to be so far away from everything and everyone I once knew. So many possibilities and wondrous things. Life can be such a big adventure sometimes, don’t you think?

I’ve come to realize that the real question is what you WANT to do with your life. Everything else is just a matter of how you are going to get there.

It’s easy to forget the answer to that question. Everyday obligations and problems, the stress over jobs and bills can be overwhelming. And then you just lose your focus and your purpose. I do tend to do that quite a lot.

But I am almost 30 now and I do not want to dress smartly or have a secured job or own a house. All I want is to become a writer. And that will be my number 1 New Year’s resolution. To work hard and find a way to make that dream come true. And all the rest I will figure it out along the way.

So, cheers to that!

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