I LOVE this question! I am one of those people who love to plan and restructure, make goals and accomplish them but somehow I didn’t stop to restructure the big plans of my life past the age of 16. At 16 I decided that 24 was the age I would get married and after a year of newly-wedded bliss start popping out kids at 26. I would be done having children by the age of 30 (31 max) and we would live happily ever after. All through high school and college I believed in this plan-even as I turned 23 in a new city without a boyfriend I just knew that magic could happen in a year.
I am now 29; never married with no children and I am so glad my plan didn’t come true! I have lived past all of the expectations I had for myself and my life is better for it. I was way too immature at 24 to be married and dealing with life after cancer at 26. Life takes too many twists and turns to try and follow a path of your own making.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Now I look at my life as an adventure. I don’t know what things will look like next year but I do have a hope and a promise of goodness and mercy following me all the days of my life. I think back on my 16 year old self who didn’t know what to plan for herself past 30. How can I be done with anything at 30 when I am just getting started?