I was one of those weird people who liked high school. I had lots of friends, and we had lots of fun. Then I got to college and I wasn't so much a fan at first. Sure, I made friends my first couple of years (friends I still have today) but it wasn't as great as everyone said it was going to be. And I was afraid. Afraid I was one of those people who peaked in high school, and the rest was all downhill for them. Of course, I got a job as an RA on the opposite site of campus, made more friends, and found my niche. And life was good.
After graduating, I hit a pretty rough patch. Someone once asked me why exactly that tough time occurred. And I can't pinpoint it to one single thing... It was just a ton of little things that weren't going my way and I felt like I couldn't catch a break. And I was sad. Really sad. I felt like I was drowning. My college friends had moved on and I didn't have many people to turn to. It was bad. And I was scared I was one of those people who'd peaked in college and the rest was downhill for them. But I found my niche at work and some great friends, and things were good again.
When I accepted a district level position a few years ago, I was in for a big change. I didn't see my friends as often and for a brief period, I could feel myself slipping again. But I worked my way out of it, and the past year has been pretty great. And today, I realized I have a different outlook. I thought this past year was the best year I'd had... That I'd peaked. But as I am about to enter into the last year of my Early 30's, I realize this life I have NOW is better than what I had before. There's no monumental change from before. I'm just living. Going places. Doing things. Enjoying time with all my friends.
If this is the peak, I think I'm ok with that. I can't imagine life getting much better than this. Then again, I though that last year too. So maybe the best is still yet to come.