Turning 26. It’s a pretty big milestone for me, one that I had reservations and was somewhat apprehensive about for quite some time, almost to the point of dread actually. I felt like 25 was mid range and once you go past it, you are very close to 30, so having that 26th birthday (on the 3rd of August) just tips you past that point of being near 20.
But, then I realised that age is literally just a number, I’m physically and mentally absolutely no different to what I was the day before when I was 25. It is nothing but a number and it really doesn’t make much of a difference on your life, in fact, as it stands, I seem to be getting better with age. I feel like 2014 has been a huge year for me in terms of growing as a person, being more at ease with myself, accepting who I am and making positive changes to my life. I feel like I have matured immensely. I’ve definitely become more my own person, actually enjoying life and I think this can only get better as I get older, so rather than fearing that imaginary mental block that people put on birthdays, I’m embracing them and am actually excited to get older and see what life brings.
So far it’s been nothing but surprises, a lot were bad and quite a few were good, but what is important to me as I get older is how I learn to deal with things instead. I used to stress out about the littlest things, have anxiety about everything and plan everything right down to the last minute little detail, but now I’ve been a lot more lax about planning and worrying, going with the flow a little bit more and actually taking some steps back to enjoy what I’m doing rather than worry specifically about getting from A to B without a hiccup. I feel like this is something that only comes with age and the more I grow, the more I learn to take things in my stride. Yes bad things happen, but the way you think about them and handle them is the most important thing. You are the only person who can make you feel bad.
I didn’t understand this at first and used to think the world was out to get me, but I realised that the saying about holding the key to your own life is completely true. How you feel and the emotions you project are the direct result of the way you chose to handle that situation. Things can be a whole lot easier and since I’ve learned that just in this year alone, I now can’t wait to see how my 26’s, 27’s and 28’s turn out, I’m actually looking forward to turning 30, I think! Ha ha.
I just wanted to make this blog post as a bit of a reflection since Raindrops of Sapphire is a lot like my own online diary (even though it’s a fashion blog), it’s amazing to see just how much I have grown in the 4 years it’s been live, I can only say that every change has been positive and every future change will continue to be positive too, better photos, more structure, happy and cheerful posts, more of a classic style, it’s all part of me getting older and evolving as a person. I’ve included some really old photos of me at the bottom of this post too, as part of looking back and actually seeing the physical changes as well as the mental changes. Thank you for taking this journey with me every day and helping me grow. Lorna xx.
Thank you, Amy!
I know the feeling, Lorna! I felt exactly the same when I turned 25…and before I knew it, I was 30. I’m 32 next month…and although I do freak out about it sometimes, I have to remember I’m not really much different…and people always think I’m much younger! Haha. I think I’m finally settling into that realization, that age is only a number. Just keep doing what you love…if you love it enough there’s always ways to fit it into your busy life 🙂
You definitely don’t look 32 🙂 Everyone doesn’t think I’m 25 in person either, I’m always mistaken for a teenager, lol!
Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy being 26.
Well happy birthday sweetie ! ^^ you look great in all the pics and I loooove the oldies ! hihi
Thank you Laurie, ha ha!
Happy early birthday! I also turned 26 this year in May.
Happy belated birthday to you!
Beautiful pictures! Happy belated birthday!
Thanks, it’s not my birthday yet though!
Happy Birthday! And you’re right…age is just a #! =)
Thank you =)
I hope you have the most fabulous birthday!
Heyyy, Happy Birthday Honey!!! It’s a very good idea to offer us the pics you took this year in one article!! All your looks are so lovely!!!
Hugs from France. ♥
Thank you so much!
I hope you have an awesome one and get what you wished on your day! Happy early Birthday! Age is just the number, I’ve been passing 26 long long time ago, like you said age just a number :).
Thanks Tanya! It is just a number 🙂
I hope my first comment went through :).
It did 🙂
Happy Birthday! I love all those outfits! You have such a great sense of style!
Thank you Laura!
Lorna, every time I read your blog (which I never miss an update!) my mind is blown. I really feel that we are very similar people so I always leave Raindrops of Sapphire feeling extra inspired. I promise you that 26 is just as great, even if not, better than 25. You only have success, happiness and beautiful things coming your way.
I know what you mean about turning 30- it seems old, official, whatever. So, I really admire you for looking forward to it one day, Another page I could take out of your book, hahaha!
Anyway, happy early birthday Lorna, celebrate it for more than just a day, you deserve it!
ps- your coat with the faux fur lining is one of my favs. I can’t wait to see it styled come the Autumn!
Hi! I’m so glad that you feel that way, that means a lot to me that you follow my blog religiously and never miss an update. Thank you so much! We do seem pretty similar, so that’s good that I can inspire you too! And I know, I love that coat too! It’s one of my favourites, the faux fur is actually a detachable collar which I bought to wear with it!
with some delay I wish you all the best for a birthday!
Happy Birthday for the 3rd Lorna!!
I know what you are meaning about turning 26. I turned 26 in February and it was really hard and I had to come to that point where I told myself it is only a number I feel the same as I did a decade ago and you are only as old as you feel!
I hope you have an amazing birthday filled with joy and blessings!
xo Holly xo
Thank you Holly! Really glad you can relate to it!
Lol, thanks 🙂
Happy bday in advanced!! I wish you all my best for that day! and as you said, it´s just a number… Great post.
Thank you Adriana!
Happy birthday beauty! You look amazing!
Lovely post Lorna, you really have not changed, except you have got slimmer and your hair longer,you look lovely, age is just a number just tell us how long we have been on the earth xx Happy birthday for Sunday xxx
Thank you ali! That’s kind!
You look so nice. In this post we can really see that you’ve changed a lot. That’s a great post and I hope a lot more of them. Happy Birthday. Keep up the good work.
Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked it!
Life is a fun trip. Enjoy the journey! I turned 40 last November and feel so happy of the blessings received each year. Happy, happy birthday to you!
Thank you so much! I’m wondering how much wisdom I will have at 40!
Happy Birthday love!! Perfect recap of your outfits. Loving them all.