This week, we're excited to welcome a returning guest to the MSL team. We're very happy to announce that Jen Everdyke is officially joining us as a regular contributor! Tune in each month to read more from her under the new banner of "Jen's Journey" (#JensJourney).
Have you had your mid-mid-life crisis yet?
You know the one I’m talking about, where you think about the fact that you’re no longer in your early twenties, but your mid-twenties. Or, maybe you’re like me and are closer to your late twenties and that terrifying tyrant THIRTY is peaking around the corner. I chose to go back to school as an adult to follow my passion. It’s been great and I’m close to fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinally being a Registered Dietitian, but sometimes it makes me sad.
Sad that I haven’t started my professional career yet. Sad that I’ve spent most of my twenties in a classroom. Sad that my “real life” hasn’t started yet and I haven’t accomplished anything of note. I also feel like I’ve lost some of that “I can conquer the world!” attitude that I had right after I graduated with my first undergraduate degree in 2012. What can I really accomplish being a 27 year old student?
I was doing some reading last night and came across the following Bible verse that I highlighted some time ago. I know that not all of you reading this have a ticket on the same faith train as me, but I thought it had a nice message for those of us struggling through our mid-mid-life crisis:
...Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12.
I may not have the career I want at this moment. I may not have the family life I want. I definitely don’t have all the answers I thought I would by this age. However, there is one thing that is completely within my control, the way I conduct myself and the example that I set for others. Whether these others be the babies--I mean students--who are my classmates, the dietitians who act as my peers and preceptors, or the residents I work with in a long term care facility, I can make a HUGE difference to those around simply by the way that I treat them.
It may be cheesy, but in a world where we are bombarded with stories of idiocracy, ignorance, and brutality, the fact that I can make an impact for the better is a comfort to me. I can honestly say that today I listened to, I laughed with, and I loved those around me. I may be in the midst of my mid-mid-life, but it will never be a crisis because I still have the ability to make the world a slightly better place, just by the way I conduct myself.