Quarter of a Century

khalipha ntloko with baked cheesecake and pink drink

As June comes to a close, it also opens up a whole new age for me as I have finally hit the (relatively) big 2-5!

Apparently, this is the part of life where a quarter-life crisis awaits me, and I’m supposed to wallow in a sense of “WTF is my life…”

But the way I see it, this is the part of my life where I’m genuinely entering a new, refreshing and necessary season where I’m not really pressing the reset button, but actively making a change to propel myself into the very clear and bright future I have.

In all honesty, I will say that there are A LOT of moments in my life I wish I had dedicated more time to – the book trilogy I’ve written. That cooking class I wanted to take in 2014. The extra online courses I could have taken. The therapy I needed after getting my heart broken. I had time; I just wish I had used a couple minutes to better use…

But there’s no point crying over spent minutes. Now, as I enter this quarter of a century phase of my life, every second that has contributed to who I am and where I am in life is a second that I don’t think I’d want to change. That’s the beauty of time – it really doesn’t wait for anyone and you have to make the most of whatever time you do you have. And I’ve done a fair amount with the 25 years that I’ve spent on our blue planet.

So, in good old fashion, my birthday this year was one where reflection was the name of the game for the day on 23 June 2020. I’ll be honest, turning 25 is big milestone for me. Apart from what society has constructed the idea of where I should be in my mid-20s, this milestone is big because, while it is yet another turning point towards moving towards the (yet another) big 3-0, this is a time where I’ve chosen to be grateful for 25 years.

For a quarter of a century.

For who I am. For where I’ve been. And for where I’m going.

And for anyone headed towards their own 25th birthday, enjoy the time you have towards getting there. Relish in the growth you have experienced. Learn from the failures that have come your way.

And most of all, be grateful for your quarter of a century.

Love and light,

khalipha ntloko

Want to see how I celebrated my 25th birthday? Watch this vlog – bring some tissues with you

Published by Khalipha Ntloko

I'm a South African blogger with a love for writing and photography. After completing my BA Honours in Industrial Sociology degree, I'm taking on the real world and embarking on a wonderful journey of continuous growth and success that is filled with nothing but authenticity. So, here's to inspiring real life!

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