31 January 2020

27.


I can't believe I'm typing this, but — I turned 27 this month.

Growing up, I had a very specific idea of what I wanted my life to be in my 20s. Your 20s are supposed to be "the best years of your life," after all.

And while I can say they've truly been some amazing years, they aren't quite what my young self expected.

I imagined myself graduated from college and married at 22, kids at 24. A young mom, taking my kids on frequent Disney trips. Cats. An editor position at a newspaper or magazine. You know; the whole deal.

But the reality of it is — I'm 27, not married, no kids, and though I had my dream job, I lost it last year. (But hey, the Disney trips and cats are accurate!)

That's the thing about life. We can never be certain of it. Our lives are ever-changing, and while some things are within our control — other things are far from reach. And that's why I started Postcards from Mickey.

I founded this initiative in honor of my friend Jarred who lost his battle with cancer in 2018.

He, too, was 27.

Jarred fought cancer on and off since he was just a toddler. And that's why Postcards from Mickey sends smiles to kids who need them the most — who are living a far different childhood than I, or many of you, ever did.

My grandma asked me what I was going to do for my birthday this year, "even though it's not a big one." But you know what? Every birthday is a big one. It doesn't have to be a milestone of 25 or 30 to be a "BIG" one!

I couldn't be happier with where my life is right now, and I think that itself is a reason to celebrate.

Due to continuing health problems, I had to take online classes in high school, which gave me a head start toward college, and I graduated early at 21 years old. Had I been married at 22, I wouldn't have met the amazing boyfriend I have today at 27.  I don't have kids yet, but I'm not sure I'm even ready for kids yet. And though I had my dream job and lost it, I found something beyond my dreams and am thriving in my new position.

So now that I'm so much older and so much wiser (😉), I'd like to share a few things I've learned:

• Your time will come. Whether you're working toward your career, looking for love, or finding your purpose, I promise you your time will come.

•  Being nice is the coolest kind of "cool" you can be. Whether you're getting an autograph for Postcards from Mickey, or simply giving someone a compliment, send a smile to someone. It is sure to brighten their day.

• Every birthday really does count. Time is so precious.

So, this birthday I did exactly what I wanted to do. I rounded up my closest friends, and we went out for Mickey waffles and "Minnie" golf. The following day we headed to Magic Kingdom, where I got my first postcards of 2020 signed by Snow White.


2020 will be a great year for us all, but I'm going to make 27 my best year yet. In memory of Jarred.

, Jennifer

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