12 In Life

Was It Really That Long Ago?!

This weekend we shot up to Missouri to be with Adam’s extended family and celebrate his cousin’s high school graduation. It was a short and sweet trip, but just long enough to feel like we were able to get away for a little bit.

The whole time I couldn’t help but think about when I graduated high school, (8 years ago!!) and what those feelings were like. What that summer-in-limbo was like, waiting for college to start but still holding onto high school memories. I can’t believe it was 8 years ago, sometimes it feels like yesterday, and sometimes it blows my mind the amount of life changes that have happened SINCE then!

  • Went to college, met my best friends, transferred, met more best friends, transferred back, graduated (early too!) (2007- Dec 2010)
  • Met Adam, dated all through college (Met in 2007, started dating in 2008)
  • Got engaged! (2011)
  • Friends got engaged and married
  • Started a photography business, shot dozens of weddings, etc.
  • Then we got married! (2012)
  • Moved states, back to AR nonetheless! Never would have thought!
  • Started new jobs
  • Finally found a career I should have majored in in the first place
  • Bought a house (2012)
  • Adopted a dog
  • Gained SIX nieces and nephews! (2009 – 2014)
  • Got pregnant?! (2015)
  • WHAT?!

I can’t imagine being my newly graduated from high school self again, and not know that any of these things were going to happen, or who I was going to meet, or marry, or where I was going to end up today. I couldn’t have predicted any of it, but somehow everything fell right into place, right into that dream life-plan I’d always had in the back of my mind. There are certainly a few things I’d change, but far more things I wouldn’t change, not in a million years. I almost wish I could go back to the person I was right when I started college and slap myself in the face, and tell myself how everything was going to work out, but then again, who knows how differently things may have gone had I known!

The thought of going back to that stage in life is also something I was thinking about. So naive to the future, but so FREE to do WHATEVER you want, and everything was so much FUN. I vividly still remember my first weeks of college, and how exciting it all was, and how I thought the next four years are going to drag on, and last forever. But then I blinked and it was all over, and now we’re fully fledged adults about to start a family of our own. Sometimes I just can’t even!

It’s so funny how that summer-of-limbo (what I like to call the summer before college) you think that you totally know who you are, and that you are so mature, and wise, and know what you want, and you couldn’t possibly grow into a different person over the next few years. But my how you do! You aren’t even close to the same person when you graduate as when you start school, and a few years out of school, you’re even more different. It sometimes makes me sad to think that those times are just slipping away, and getting further and further in the past. I want them to be right behind me forever, but I also can’t imagine how great life is going to be even in just a few years!

I’ve decided I’m going to live vicariously through my cousin-in-law as she goes off to the same school that we all went to, and try my best not to be slightly jealous of getting to live that journey! Can’t I just like, rewind and go back and visit my favorite moments from college??

Anyways, point being, sometimes I just can’t even believe that all of these things have happened, and 8 years ago I had no idea ANY of it was on the horizon! I feel like I spent my whole life growing up thinking and dreaming about these life changes, thinking they were so far away in the future and people our age going through them seemed so old and that it would be forever before I ever got to that stage. Oh dear. I think I might have a heart attack when it’s time for our 10 year reunion! Which we’ll take our TWO YEAR OLD TO. Mind = blown.

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What are your thoughts? I’m sure we’re “youngens” and many of you are well past the 10 year mark – does it still feel weird? Do you still feel like it’s crazy how much “life” has happened?

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    Heather @Fit n Cookies
    May 18, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Ah you look adorable!! I think it’s crazy to look back and see all we’ve gone through! I look back and can’t believe it all. It’s crazy!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Thank you! I can’t believe it either..and it still blows my mind that I’m about to be a MOM! WHAT?!!!

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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    May 18, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    It’s amazing to think how much has happened since college! I was just thinking about that this weekend. I think getting pregnant makes you reflect a lot. 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Agreed Katie!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    May 19, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I recently had someone message me on Facebook about our 10 year high school reunion (I graduated 8 years ago too). I can’t even wrap my mind around the fact that it’s been that long! I’m eternally 18 in my mind : )
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Crazy! I’m waiting for someone to contact me about ours too, it’s got to be any day I would imagine!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    May 19, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Time really flies! I just think of some of the life loops I was thrown in my 20’s and it blows my mind. So glad I’ve ended up where I am though.
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:52 am

      It’s amazing to look back and see what all you’ve been through or had to deal with!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    May 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

    It really is crazy how fast time passes. I swear having kids has turned it into warp speed. I feel like mine should be babies still, just learning to walk.. but they’re almost 7 and 4. How did that even happen!? I graduated from high school in ’99, so my 15 year reunion was last summer.. yikes!! 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

      That’s crazy!!! I bet you feel like you blinked and now they’re full fledged kids!! AH!

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    Beverly Smith
    May 20, 2015 at 11:47 am

    What a great post Sarah! I remember feeling the same way when I was pregnant and approaching my 10 yr reunion! Now I’ve just been to my 30 yr reunion and my best friend from high school is about to be a grandma within a month. What?! How did that happen?!
    You described that time between high school and college perfectly. It is such a limbo period and we had know idea how much we would change! The beauty is that if you choose to be happy in any circumstance each year, each stage just gets better!!
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      Sweet Miles
      June 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Wow! I can’t even imagine! That’s kind of like what my mom tells me as well, that each stage does get better!

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