Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to Me

Tomorrow I’ll be 31 years old.  31 sounds like a real, legit adult;  someone who has their stuff together and has responsibilities and accomplishes things.  But I’m unemployed, homeless, KatAcadiaand sleeping in a camper in a different Walmart almost every night.

If I’d looked in a crystal ball five or ten years ago and saw that’s where I’d be on my 31st birthday I think I would have lost it.  By now, I thought I’d have a successful career, KristinOktoberfesttwo kids, and a nice house with a white picket fence.  I also wanted to be making six figures and driving a Hummer or a Beemer by now (I actually don’t have a car of my own, and I’m making ZERO figures).

But it’s been my choice not to have those things right now. And it’s okay.  Sometimes I start to stress about how far behind I am in life compared to everyone else my age and that my biological clock must be ticking.  When I start to think about what I don’t have and KatMachuPicchuwhat I haven’t accomplished by 31, I remind myself that I’m doing something I never expected to be doing – I’m seeing the world.  Since my last birthday, I’ve visited 44 countries, a dozen U.S. states, and 4 Canadian provinces.  I’ve jumped the highest bungee jump in the world and cheers’d at Oktoberfest.  I’ve had countless face-to-face encounters with exotic animals in Africa.  I’ve KinAntarcticaseen the ancient Egyptian pyramids, Victoria Falls and other World Wonders.  I’ve met new friends from around the globe and learned more in a year about the places and people of the world than I did in all my years of former schooling.

We still have another year or so of this crazy adventure.  I’m excited to see what 31 has KatVicFallsin-store and where we’ll end up at the end.  So maybe I don’t have what I wanted to have at this point in my life.  I guess I have none of the things I wanted.  But then again, maybe I have so much more than I’d ever dreamed.  Because for the first time in my life, I’m living every day to its fullest and taking each moment and day for what they offer.  God has taken care of all my needs and kept me safe and well-cared for on this journey.  Maybe I’ll have that IguazuKristinwhite picket fence one day.  But for the time being, I’m enjoying the World and the Walmart parking lot.  I guess the point of this somewhat cheesy “Birthday Reflection Blog” is to say that we shouldn’t be afraid to take detours in life.  There are no blueprints or checklists with the years of our lives.  Don’t let society tell you what you should be doing with your life.  We should make the most of it and not be afraid to stop and enjoy it.  As the decal on our Ford Expedition says, “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”  Last year on my 30th birthday, the twins I nannied for told me that 30 is the new 20.  So that makes me 21, and that’s exactly how I feel right now (thanks to my morning coffee). 🙂

Comments (16)
  • Ian Waugh

    June 5th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Nicely said and happy birthday! Don’t feel down one bit, millionaires don’t do what u guys are! I still brag to guys at work what my cousins do. I tagged aunt Pam and Brian in a cool Facebook page. A guy doing what u guys are with a cool tattoo. Check it out! Later and be careful

  • Vicky

    June 5th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Happy birthday!!! Keep living life to the fullest!!

  • Mama Waugh

    June 5th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Happy Birthday, Love ya!

  • Mama &Daddy Munch

    June 5th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, Honey! We knew the day you were born, 31 years ago, that you would grow up and do wonderful things with your life. You and Bryan certainly are inspiring many people with the way you are making your dreams and goals come true. We love you both very much. We are proud of the wonderful Christian woman you have become. You are a blessing to everyone who has had the pleasure of coming into your life. Thank you for the joy you have always given us. We love you, mommy & daddy.

  • Doris Finch

    June 5th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a good one!

  • Randy

    June 6th, 2013 at 5:03 am

    What a life! Happy birthday!

  • mary&milton

    June 6th, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Happy bday!! Black widda splatta!!

  • Monica

    June 6th, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Happy Birthday, Kristin! Thanks for this post; it’s really hitting home for me at this particular moment. You are living a life many dream about, and it’s so great to see people like you following the unbeaten path despite the many doubts, worries and naysayers. It’s truly inspiring. Keep it up!

  • grandma

    June 6th, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Happy birthday to my beautiful granddaughter!

  • Sara Check

    June 6th, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Happy Birthday Kristin! Love your writing too!

  • Michele

    June 6th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

  • Kim

    June 6th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    That’s awesome

  • Dad Waugh

    June 6th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Happy birthday Kristin. It’s great to be with you in Ontario on your special day.
    Dad Waugh

  • Mary Dae

    June 6th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    THE BEST BLOG YET;) Happy Birthday. Keep living it up!!!!!! Love yall

  • Stephanie Rowe

    June 7th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I love reading about your travels! Thank you for sharing with the world. You are very inspirational and I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

  • Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis

    June 10th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Hmmmm … being tied down with kids and a mortgage or traveling the world?? I definitely think you made the right choice!! You guys are actually doing what everyone else wishes he/she had the courage to do. Enjoy it now b/c later you’ll have so much more to share w/ your kids! You guys are so inspiring. Happy belated birthday!! I’m not too far behind you 🙂

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