As I close in on 30, I’m finding myself taking on a lot of what I’ll call “prep work” in anticipation of the next decade of my life. It’s mostly couched in other things, but in the back of my head I know there’s a greater reason.
Behavior: Going to church
Couched in: Be a good Catholic, Grow in your faith
Underlying reason: I need a church to get married in and a place to start my faith development in my marriage/baby-making, etc.
Behavior: Getting up and working out at 6 a.m. routinely
Couched in: Be healthy and productive
Underlying reason: Someday I’ll have kids and won’t be able to sleep all day. And right now, my morning person skills are pretty horrid.
It’s funny how all this self-improvement has occurred in the past 6 months. It’s as if a light switch went off and I realized “Oh Shit. It’s time to be an adult.” Friends laugh at all my underlying reasons and all this prep that I’m doing. After all, I’m not engaged (though it feels like it’s getting closer…) and I’m a looooong way away from birthing any babies.
Yet I know these are the next phases of my life. And I know I’m woefully unprepared for both (more so the kid part, but even marriage is rather daunting.)
So though I get teased, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to do a little prep. I’m doing things that are overall good for me and my ongoing well-being. Who cares if I also happen to be an over-planner?
Tell me, what do you find yourself preparing for?