Feeling Old at 22

Colton Dixon went home on American Idol last night. Oh, uh, spoiler alert! (Guess I should have said that first). It wasn't his time to go, but that is not what this post is about. He, along with his fellow Idol contestants, have become household names in America. And he is 20 years old.

Out of everyone who is left on that show, there is one person who is older than me. And I'm only 22! I am still young and have a long time to be able to accomplish what I want to in life. But recently, I've been feeling the pressure to get on it! I am surrounded by people in the media who have great success and are either my age or younger.

American Idol is not the only example of this. Hunger Games, anyone? I haven't read the book or seen the movie, yet. (Summer plans!) But out of curiosity, I looked up the ages of both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. Any guesses (if you don't already know)? 21 and 19, respectively. Ugh.

I know, I know. These kind of people are rare. Most people my age are still either finishing school or working average jobs (or not working at all, but that is another issue). But I still can't help but compare myself to them. And, honestly, as long as the comparison is done in the right light, I don't think that is a bad thing! I'm ready to start working on what I want to define my life!

Over the next few months, I will be sharing a few of my specific summer goals and each of them will be a part of this grand plan for life. I'm ready for a challenge and I feel that this is the exact right time to approach that challenge! A few things that I want to focus on right now are getting everything set up for my Etsy shop to launch this summer, getting some interior decorating and event planning experience, and attempting to get some short stories published.

None of these are on the same level as American Idol contestant or Hunger Games star, but for me, it is exactly what I want to be doing!

What do you need to focus on right now to get to where you want your life to be? And what have you learned in that process?


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