25 Fulfilling Things I Did Before I Turned 25
I guess being 25 is a pivotal point in most people’s lives. I could say that I am very much fulfilled with the things I did before I turned 25, not because of my own efforts, but through God’s grace and provision in my life. Looking in retrospect, every accomplishment was sweet, and every failure was a pavement that always leads me to His purpose. It’s not always an easy journey but I could see God’s hand continuously working in my life from past to the present. With that, I can be confident that I can face the future because He is with me. Here are 25 things I did that fulfilled me before I turned 25.
1. Traveled on a plane
There’s something with being thousands of feet up in the air. I realize my smallness compared to the vastness of His creation.
2. Had a steady job
I am blessed to have a job that not only helps other people but compensates well. Four years in my practice aren’t all sunny days but it sure was worth it.
3. Gave back to my family
Whether it’s treating them for a meal or a vacation, there’s such joy in seeing them happy because you returned the sacrifices they made for you.
4. Volunteered for others
One of the greatest feelings is helping others without asking for anything in return. You know that their gratefulness is genuine, and it’s good to know that you can do your own little part in making this world a better place.
5. Bought something for myself
The first thing that I bought for myself is a canon point and shoot camera, back when phones did not have too much photo-taking technology. Knowing that I did not depend on anyone to buy something is such a rewarding thought.
6. Participated and eventually led a cell group
Trust me, it isn’t in my comfort zone to lead a cell group but I knew I needed fellowship, insight and accountability in my life. It was a good journey with my girls so far.
7. Participated in a retreat
One of the events that God used as an instrument for me to grow in my walk was joining retreats during high school and college. It was such a fun experience one of the things I won’t ever forget.
8. Cultivated my friendships
I used to be an aloof person who focused too much on my hobbies and how to earn money. But I realized that the things that are most important in life are the relationships you build. That’s how people will remember you.
9. Played an instrument
I learned to play guitar when I was in high school. Although I am not as good as other players, I am happy to learn a self-taught skill that I enjoyed doing.
10. Sought a new hobby
December last year I bought an oven and I got excited to learn how to bake. I am still a beginner but it gives me happiness when I can make something that others can enjoy.
11. Went to a foreign land
I have been to two countries outside Philippines, one is Singapore and the other one is Macau. It is such an ethereal feeling to witness again how every person and every culture is different. I get to learn how people are outside my comfort zone. I want to do more of this as I go through my life.
12. Committed to a godly man
I prayed every day for a godly man to come into my life prior to meeting Charles. God has been gracious because not only was he a Christian, he is one who is passionate with loving and serving God. I am thoroughly proud and blessed to have him and there’s peace in my heart when I decided to commit to him. Now I am a witness that when God gives, He gives abundantly. Charles will forever be a reminder of that.
13. Organized an event
With the help from my closest friends, I was able to organize my last JS prom. It’s a nice feeling to see everyone enjoy with something that you put an effort to make possible
14. Took care of myself
I felt happy and confident when I tried to lose weight, did my makeup, picked my clothes and all those other things because people noticed it. Not because I was trying to gain the approval of others but it made me happy that I looked pleasant and I gained confidence in interacting with others.
15. Had a pet
Having a pet is a big responsibility. Having my dog Rusty around is a joy and a commitment at the same time. When he is excited to see me come home, it makes me so happy. I love Rusty!
16. Helped renovate the house
My mom always told me of the “broken window syndrome” where the mood and mindset of people change based on their environment. I realized it’s true when we renovated our home. When I come home, I am pleased because the house looks beautiful and tidy.
17. Saved money
My mom taught me to save money. It isn’t about depriving yourself but being wise in making purchases and forgoing unnecessary expenses. I am happy to have saved some of my money for emergency and future investments.
18. Shared my thoughts
I started having this blog with the goal of sharing my thoughts, and cultivating my desire for blogging. It was very fulfilling because it was a way for me to express myself and for others to know me too.
19. Learned to drive
Learning to drive was a bold step for me considering the traffic situation in Metro Manila. As I was learning, my primary goal is to bring my family comfort and bring them to places they have never been before.
20. Applied to be a voter
I really didn’t care about politics that much when I was younger. Growing mature over the years, I realized that it’s a vital right for me to vote as this is my ticket to help my country choose a deserving leader. Seeing the pains of the ordinary Filipino motivates me to do my part and help this nation by exercising my right to vote.
21. Learned to forgive
I had regrets in my life that built unforgiveness in my heart towards people that have wronged me. However, the bitterness crept in my heart like poison. Forgiveness for me is a daily surrender and a process that only God’s grace can enable me.
22. Did something I was scared of – share gospel
Being an introvert who hates rejection, I am really scared to share the gospel. I did not know how to respond in the face of ridicule and rejection. But my desire to share what I know about God is my extend with how much I love the people around me so I took that bold step.
23. Tried to do a business
Though it wasn’t necessarily successful as I envisioned it to be, I learned a lot of things such as how to market, to manage my time and other resources to run a business. It also made me happy that I was able to have extra income to help in my expenses.
24. Attended seminars for my professional growth
I was not fond of attending seminars since I don’t earn income from doing so and it ruins my routine momentum. But over time I realized that it is an important part of my professional growth to help my students better. So all in all it is still a gain for me and my clients.
25. Had a personal encounter and relationship with Jesus
This is the best thing that happened to me. When I got to know Jesus, I experienced peace and joy that gave me the confidence to keep going with my life no matter how difficult it seems. Knowing Jesus and having a personal encounter with Him enabled me to be secure in this life and what else is to come.
My quarter life isn’t much of a crisis to me right now because I am blessed. Maybe not always with material things but with love from people, experiences that enriched me and my relationship with God. I look forward to many more experiences in my years to come.