Change is a Good Thing

January 23, 2016

**Prepare yourself for another “What Brooke’s been thinking” post**

Okay. So, as we inch closer and closer to graduation, I’ve been feeling like I’m getting old. I know, those adults reading this are scowling at the screen and thinking about how I’m crazy for feeling this way at only 17 years young. But honestly, I’ve just been pondering what this period in my life really means. For many people, age shows growth, strength, or confidence, and it means all of those things for me too, but there are a few other (less monumental) things that have occurred to me:

  • My brothers will both be bigger than me. Ryan is already 6’1” and Ben weighed in at over 100 lbs today. For my entire life I’ve always felt much bigger, more mature, more adult-like then them, and it has now occurred to me that soon they are both going to be bigger than I am. Weird.
  • I’ve been a licensed driver for 277 days. That’s more than 3/4 of a year. But, what most of you don’t know is, in Maine, newly licensed drivers must have their license for 270 days before they are allowed to drive after midnight or allowed to drive anyone other than themselves and their family members. So as of a week ago, I have entered a new realm of freedom. Sweet.
  • I’m applying for a job that I actually like. And on my own! For the first time, my parents aren’t breathing down my neck for me to start thinking about my summer job. Is this what being an adult is like? Cool.

These are just a few of the things that have made me feel old in the past week, I’m sure there will be more to come in the next couple of months. I encourage you all to consider the changes that are going on in your life currently and embrace them because growing older isn’t always a bad thing. After all, growing older is still growth, and with growth comes new outlooks, relationships, and transformation.

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Thanks for reading this little check-in on my life,

Brooke

PS: Sorry I’m a day late!

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