I am at the ripe age of 24. If you count back, that means I was born at the tippy top of the year 1990. (gasppppp!) I cannot help when my parent's made me, but lately I have come to the realization that people are shocked when I say I was born in '90. "You're just a baby!" "You've already got a master's degree?" "You've been married for two years?!" "I could be your mom/dad!"
My best friend was born in November of '89, but she never gets the audible, "WHAT?! '89?!" Let's just say it is easy for me to calculate my age.
With this realization lately, I have noticed that, at 24, I (along with Chris, who is 27) have been blessed to be able to do/accomplish things that I never thought would have been possible at the age I am at.
Here are 10 things that I am still slightly in shock that I have done that make me feel way older than 24.
1. Owned two different houses. Owning one house at 22 blew my mind, now going through the process of selling and then buying again has blown my mind. So much for this little 'ol 24 year old.
2. Got my MBA at 23. First off I never knew I wanted a master's degree (that I don't use), but I definitely didn't ever think I would have one this young. I am extremely proud of myself for tearing through college in 3 years. And, I am extremely proud of myself for realizing that all that tearin' though meant nothing because eventually I would become a teacher.
3. Been married for two years. I always envisioned myself getting married young, but now looking back, 22 was young! Wow! What was my Dad thinking?! Oh, I know...'Chris, now she is on your bill, not mine!' These two years have been the best, yet most trying years of my life and I am lucky that I found the perfect match for me.
4. My career transitions still leave me shocked. I have worked for Southwest Airlines in their financial reporting department. I have worked for a public accounting firm in their tax department. And now I have completed my first year being a 5th grade teacher. Hey, 3rd job is a charm, right?!
5. Bought Chris his dream truck. We have been blessed in not having a car payment for most of our relationship which has allowed us to be able to get Chris the truck of his dreams. I am really proud of how we I manage our finances and I am also happy to say that Chris will drive this truck until he dies :) Okay, I'm kinda, sorta kidding, but mostly not...
6. Negotiated insurance. Seriously! So many of my friends don't pay their car insurance and don't own a house, so they have never had to deal with calling and comparing insurances. It is a lesson that I never thought I would learn before 24. Heck, I don't even think it ever crossed my mind as to when I would have to do these adult things.
7. We go to bed at 9:00pm and are up by 7:00am on the weekends. I never thought this would ever, ever, ever happen. I have never been a night person, but I would choose to go to bed early. Now, I have no choice because I can't keep my eyes open after 9:00pm and I can't sleep in hardly passed 7:00am.
8. Grocery shopping on Sundays with all the other wives/moms in the world. I never thought about the grocery shopping aspect of a family, but I hate it. And at 24 I am sad to say I am already burnt out on going to the grocery store. I can't send Chris because he comes home with everything but what was on the list. I am hoping now that school is out I can go on the weekdays when it is less crowded and I can put a happier face on. To all my friends who still live at home; jealous.
9. Successfully planned multiple out of state trips for Chris and I. Growing up you never think twice about where you will stay on a trip, who will pay for everything, and how you even get there. Now that I have reached adult status, I feel like I have accomplished the title are trip planner for the Tucker family. Chris, well he is not so much the planning type. I have planned every trip we have gone on, including our honeymoon to Kauai. Chris gets lost in Dallas for cryin' out loud...and he grew up here.
10. And lastly, I am still shocked that I am 24. I know that is young, but I feel like life is already so sweet. I have been blessed with a wonderful Mom, Dad, and brother. I have been privileged enough to meet and marry my soul mate. I have achieved so much educationally and in my careers. I have got to experience so much in just 24 years! I am so excited to see what the future holds because this '90's chick has already had one heck of a sweet life!