It's Always Darkest Before The Dawn.

Lately, life has been getting me down. I've always been pretty honest online when I've had my struggles but never truly opened about how I really feel.

I'm at that age where everyone is settling down and getting married, having kids, progressing in their career and just doing seemingly well with their life. Then there's me, having wild Friday nights in with Netflix and my kitties. Hardly the same is it?

I'm always reading things about how you shouldn't compare your journey to someone else's. And it's true but I can't help doing it. It leaves me feeling like what I'm currently doing with my life is something I should be ashamed of. I don't want children and that's a personal choice. Yet I have to constantly put up with people questioning when I'm going to have them. I've got my babies, they have four legs and are furry.

From a young age, we have a vision of how we think our life will turn out but things don't turn out as planned and you feel left behind. Wedding invitations are popping through the letterbox, friends are announcing their fabulous new jobs. It can leave you feeling like they're getting everything you want at a much faster rate than yourself.

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I thought I'd share a few things that I've learnt recently that have helped me somewhat.

Go at your own pace. We live in a competitive world but everyone is running their own race. You're only competing against yourself with the person you are currently and the person you want to be. If you need to take some time to slow down, do! There's no shame in that. You'll reach the finish line when you're good and ready.

Be patient. Both with yourself and the path you're on. Nothing happens instantly, good things take time and you'll get there eventually.

Accept the route you're on. It's unique to you and may not match up with what others are doing. Don't rush into something just because you feel you need to keep up with everyone else. Following a different path to everyone is perfectly fine, you might be on route to something even better. We're not destined to follow a set timeline of events.

Those are a small number of things I'm learning to apply to my life and situation. I'm not sure how to end this post so I'll leave you with a quote;

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