I was talking to Dina the other day about marriage and singleness. She said that in Greece girls are encouraged to get married when they graduate from school – from HIGH SCHOOL, and that there is this underlying belief that a girl’s purpose is to get married and have babies. I said the same thing existed in the States, although the pressure happened when graduating from college. And then I said, “I wanted that really badly when I was in college. But if I’d gotten married, I would probably be living in a suburban house in Illinois or Tennessee with a husband and kids. I wouldn’t be here now. I doubt I’d have a Master’s in Counseling….I’m so glad I didn’t get what I thought I wanted!”
All of which is to say: my 27th year was a CRAZY one, and a great one!
While 27, I:
- graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Counseling
- lived with my grandparents and parents for three months each
- raised $27,000 in fundraising to move to Greece
- went on a month-long roadtrip to 17 states
- worked as a nanny, secretary, and librarian
- saw Hamilton the Musical
- moved to Greece
- learned basic Greek
- visited New Orleans, Disney World, Seattle, New York City, and Berlin
Putting everything in list form, I don’t know how being 28 could possibly top last year. BUT, well. I’m in Greece! A stone’s throw away from weekend trips all over Europe. And House Damaris is about to begin, and I’ll get to work as a counselor/teacher/secretary/fundraiser! And I get to figure out if and how I will stay here after my visa expires…
Life is wonderful! I mean, it’s also scary and overwhelming, but that’s a pretty good indicator that I have chosen a life of adventure. I can’t wait to see what good and beautiful and heartbreaking and exciting things happen now that I’m 28!