I also remember playing hundreds of games of MASH. For those of you who don't know the game, you pick a handful of possibilities for how your life can go in the areas of house, job, car, husband, when you'll get married, number of kids, etc. You then follow a pattern and keep eliminating possibilities until there is only one left in each category. Those answers then paint a picture of your future life. A really good game of MASH, for example, would tell you that you'd marry the boy you're crushing on (or a famous hottie) when you are 18, be a famous actress with a red Ferrari living in a mansion in Los Angeles. Middle school girls love playing this game, and I get why. It's really cool to imagine your future when the possibilities are endless.
Well, just as I didn't end up as a marine biologist, I also did not marry my sixth-grade crush. (Thank God!) Nor am I a famous actress living in a mansion and driving a Ferrari. In fact, my life today is very different than I would have pictured it in my pre-teen years. I would have told you then that by 30 I'd have been married for ten years with three kids and have life figured out. I certainly do not.
What I do have, though, is a great life filled with challenges, successes, surprises, mistakes, learning experiences, and a ton of growth. And while it may not always feel like it, the possibilities are still endless. Maybe not in the same way they were in 1995, but then again a lot of things have changed since 1995. (Luckily owning a ceramic flat iron for my hair is one of them. I remember my 5th grade school photo, and all I can say is it ain't pretty!)
I still joke and say "When I grow up I want to... (insert something crazy here)." And I do it to be ironic, because I am supposedly already grown up. Or am I? Sure 30 feels old, but I still have a lot of "growing up" to do. I still have a lot of things to experience. Mistakes to make. Lessons to learn. But in the mean time, how about a game of MASH for old time's sake...