Monday, August 29, 2011

In-Between Land

I got a call from one of my oldest friends, Kate, this afternoon (oh, by the way, you totally need to check out her awesome new blog, Love Not Distance, where she chronicles her life as the wife of a Marine). And during a long talk about our husbands, our careers (or lack thereof), our finances (or lack thereof), and our futures…we started talking about that phenomenon of the mid-twenties.

“It’s like we’re in-between the big things,” I said. I mean, we’re not in college anymore. We’re “off the market” romantically. But we’re not parents or home-owners, yet. We haven’t reached any occupational apexes, so to speak. I feel like I’m in a constant state of almost arriving. Or departing. Or something.

Like I’ve hopped off one train and am waiting for another. Is it late? Am I early?

I think waiting is pretty exciting, too. I kind of like imagining all the amazing things the coming years have in store. But every now and then, I still tap my foot with impatience.

The theatre-major in me says I shouldn’t just be tapping my foot, though. I should be TAP-DANCING on this train platform, RELISHING this time, this place.

 

You know what? I’m kind of loving in-between land.

What about you? Where are you living these days?

love, elizabeth

PS: Croquet and bookstores and cupcakes…tune in tomorrow…

7 comments:

Alisha said...

In between land is exactly where my husband and I are too! We're looking for houses, but nothing is definite yet. We still have a long way to go before we start taking out loans.

Love your pins there! That first picture is gorgeous.

Mrs Pancakes said...

Great and thoughtful post but most of yours are. I think I'm in between too. Trying to pay debt, save money and then do the house and babies stuff. But I think at most points in our life we are in-between somewhere!

Jen said...

I'm ALWAYS having this kind of conversation. I feel like I'm stuck. I'm 23, only in year 2 of 4 in law school with the debt piling up, living in a tiny apartment, no real job, no real relationship... ugh. I am always looking toward the "better things to come," but I need to remember to love everything I have right now too, even if it's not as good as what I think I'll have in the future!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Elizabeth..was trying to find your email. anyway i am so inspired by your post that i will be posting something related to this. hope you don't mind if i reference you!

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Kate said...

So you forgot the most important part of that conversation: We are "technically" considered "young professionals" but professionals of what? Making Ramen Noodles? Playing video games? (this one might be true if my living room is any indication tonight...)

Thanks for chatting with me today love! Miss you!!!! ~K

Sara said...

I was just having this conversation the other day (inspired by my 29th birthday) ...my twenties have been an experiance I liken to a treadmill - going, going, going, and not really getting anywhere that I can say "whew, all done". It's been years of getting "good" at school, work, relationships, money, friendships, and most importantly being me. trying to achieve this that and the other thing. I'm no where near all done...I just feel "in between" - you said it perfectly.

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