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Life Ends At 30

That’s the thought I always had, ever since I was a child. Not in a morbid, terminal way; just quite simply the idea that the unknown adventure would stop.

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. – William Feather

The idea was that I would graduate high school at 18, college at 22, be married by 24, and start raising a family around 26. I was content to plan life as a housewife and mother, as long as I could still pursue my acting on the side (back then I wasn’t focusing on voice acting and so local theatre work was my goal). I would have it all figured out and be living my “happily ever after” by age 30.

None of that happened, of course. I graduated high school at 17, had a crazy college journey – a story for another time – that completed at an early 23, broke up with my long-term boyfriend around age 25 and found my passion to burn too brightly to be “on the side” by age 27.

I have scheduled this particular article to publish at 12:06AM on September 2nd, 2016: the moment I turn 30.

Looking back at my life, I can’t say I’m full of regret. Every moment had a lesson and made me who I am. Certainly, I wish I allowed myself more creative freedom and less financial concern; I should never have let myself become so humble as to sit in a corner and truly believe I wasn’t as talented as my peers. But the journey that I’ve taken has been mine alone and through this journey, I’ve been able to see the first signs of success in achieving my dreams.

This is why I am going to start a “Retrospect Series” to publish exclusively on my blog. Not because I deserve the attention of an “autobiography” but because the very nature of this blog was to explore my path to a voice over career. Seeing my beginnings – with a focus solely on the creative ventures – might lend some further insight into what was successful and where I need growth.

I will be naming each of these “look back” entries as “Retrospect Series: Title”, so they will be easy to skip over if it is not for you. I will plan to release them in a timely manner and when they are all done, I thought it might be nice to bind them all together and record my own little audio book; with some extra entries and side-notes to flesh the story out.

I do hope you will join me on my life’s retrospective, now that my ‘would-be’ life has ended. I suppose now my only option is to pursue the dream I’ve been chasing after all.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw
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