Ten years ago I was a junior in high school. If you had asked 16-year old Emily where she thought she would be at 26, she probably would have told you something that looks very different from the life I am actually living now.
In high school I was very much influenced by my surroundings and adopted a checklist of certain expectations for my life. Here were the big ones:
- Graduate college in four years.
- Get married by 22.
- Have my first kid by 25.
- Start my own business before 30.