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Brittany Messner - Life, Set Sail

This last Friday marked my twenty-seventh birthday. How did I get this old? God only knows. Though I haven’t quite reached the age where I start to feel uncomfortable about people knowing how old I am, I have noticed one thing…time moves really fast! Groundbreaking I know. But honestly, sometimes I hear myself talking about things in the past feeling as though they happened only a couple of years ago and am shocked to realize in actuality that I’m reminiscing about things a decade past. Truly mind-boggling people!

*Brittany Messner - Life, Set Sail
Brittany Messner - Life, Set Sail
Sometimes I feel sad about the things I’ve left behind, whether it be wishing I did things differently or simply wanting to relive a moment. But the great thing is that no matter what, I’ve only learned and grown from those experiences. I happily leave behind the juvenile and naive Brittany (okay, maybe still a little naive) and embrace the person who is coming into her own. I can’t believe it’s taken this long.

I think the thing that has surprised me the most over the years is that the friends I thought I would always be close to are…well, not that close anymore! Although I still love and care about them, sometimes people grow apart. It’s just a fact of life. When you’re in high school everyone sort of moves at the same speed and it’s easy to have a lot of things in common with the people around you. But after graduation people leave and go their own ways, some travel, some move completely, others have children. The people that you used to be on the same page with are now living completely different lives that you can’t relate to. It’s just weird.  I’m curious to see who I reconnect with in the future. I know I still have certain friendships that aren’t dead, but simply put on pause.

When I look at the life I’m living now and the friends I have I can’t feel anything but blessed. I have a husband who loves and supports me in everything I do and will be honest in telling me when I’m being a little ridiculous from time to time (okay maybe more often than not). I truly lucked out in finding such a laid back man, who totally counteracts my high-strung tendencies. My friends are all extremely creative in their own ways which I find inspires me in my day-to-day life. They encourage me to follow my dreams and help me when I’m feeling stuck creatively.

If I could do it all over again you can bet I wouldn’t change a thing.

A big thank you to all the people that made my birthday so special this year. I got to start off my day bright and early at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale where I was treated to a mini shopping spree. The staff all seemed to know it was my birthday and were very sweet in making me feel special. They even brought me a sprinkled donut with a pink candle in it and sung me Happy Birthday in the fitting room. When I was finished shopping they sent Steven and I over to their restaurant for complimentary mimosas. Not a bad morning at all.
In the evening we went out for dinner with a few of our closest friends. They gifted me with some very thoughtful presents (all my favourites) and we chatted for hours on end about anything and everything. I wasn’t so social when I was younger, but I’m very thankful to have the few great friends that I have now. When we see each other I always feel freshly inspired and energized.

So, here’s to the change life brings us and embracing every second of it!

xx -b.

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  • Happy belated birthday, I turned 27 at the begging of June and I still can’t believe it! I feel like time is moving so quickly and I’m still stud still.
    xxx Claire
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I don’t know why I missed this post, but I love it. You go girl! I’m glad everything is going well for you, seems like you had so much fun celebrating xx

    myslumberingheart.com

  • happy belated birthday! I turned 28 earlier this summer and completely agree – it is WEIRD to think about how much time has passed and how different things may be from what you expected! I love nordstrom and am glad you enjoyed your day!

  • Happy SUPER belated birthday! Especially because I only just got around the reading this post XD this is such a wonderful post! I’m 21 but can’t even think about being 27, even though it’s going to come around so quickly 😀

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  • Oh my goodness! I had no idea how sweet Nordstrom was about your birthday that morning. Thumbs up! One thing I love about aging are the contemplative moments we have like the one you share above. Nostalgia is a wonderful feeling full of warmth, and there is nothing more invigorating than dwelling on how lucky we re at present. Thanks for sharing and a big fat happy birthday!!!

  • Claudia

    A very belated happy birthday. I totally understand with the friends situation. I’ve known one of mine since we were about 10 and we go months at a time with no contact or seeing each other but then we meet up and it’s as though nothing has changed, so strange. And time certainly flies as you get older :( xx

    • So funny how that works isn’t it!? I love having friends that you can just pick up where you left off and not feel like you have to start all over again 😉 xx

  • Oh Brit I missed it on the day! Well happy birthday a day later. I know exactly what you mean about thinking you’ll be friends with certain people forever and then it doesn’t go that way. But, kinda like you said, things just flow and you find people that you connect with when you’re not expecting it. You have been such a lovely surprise in my life and a huge part of me enjoying this whole blogging experience. Happy birthday once again!

    • Haha, that’s okay my love! It was on the 17th 😉

      I definitely share your sentiment, it has been such a pleasure getting to know you this past year! I love talking to you about my homeland, blog things, shenanigans, and the like. Hopefully I’ll get to meet you in person one day! Please, if you’re ever in Calgary you HAVE to let me know! xx

  • Happy birthday in advance b!! Another July baby here though mine was 3 weeks ago haha 😉 It’s true though even though I’m 21 years old, I felt like some of the things that happened 3-4 years ago only happened last year or something! Oh gosh, the start of feeling the 20s! xxx

    http://www.angerawrs.co.uk

    • Thanks girl! It was on the 17th, when was yours? 21, that’s a big birthday! xx

      • Mine was on the 7th! Whoop whoop! 😉 xx

  • Happy birthday!!! My 25th is coming up in a few days and I’m just trying not to think about it. 😉

    • Happy early birthday to you then! Haha, don’t worry about it, what’s that saying…age is like a fine wine? xx

  • Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a lovely birthday. It’s so nice to hear that you’re feeling content with your life, and I definitely agree that you should embrace the changes that life brings :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Rosy Flynn

    I agree with this so much, Time flies by with every year older I get too and I also feel like I’m in the best place now with my husband, baby and own little life. Growing older can be scary but it’s also the best :)

    Rosy | sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk

    • Amen to that! Happy to hear you’re happy, you enjoy every moment! xx