I wish someone had told me life doesn’t follow a set timeline

“I wish someone had told me” is a series of posts that feed into our inquisitive nature at CN&CO. Each week we hear from someone in our network about something interesting or surprising that has recently happened or occurred to them – or lessons they learnt. These blogs are a way to pay it forward and form part of CN&CO’s belief that the world can be a better place – and we all have a responsibility to make it so. This week’s post is by Neo Matsei.

How many of us thought we’d graduate on record time, have life figured out by 25, have our dream job by 27 or married and settled with kids by 30?  Well here’s a newsflash, life doesn’t follow a set timeline.

Part of adulthood is realising that life works in meandering way. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves with the notion that we should achieve certain things by some made up deadline of age. The trap of comparison is one most of us also fall into from time to time. I was happy to come across this video, which teaches us about expectations vs reality of living by a timeline.

As Rob simply puts it, there is no “one” road map for life. So without feeling any pressure, run your own race and let the story of your life unfold.