If I’m being honest, there are not a lot of things that I love about the next generation. For the most part, millennials get on my nerves. However, I had the best conversation with my daughter last night which reminded me that they aren’t so bad.
During the conversation she told me that she had to have a tire replaced on her car. As it turns out she needed to have all four tires replaced and the bill came out to $800. She had the resources to take care of the car repair without putting it on a credit card. She just took care of it.
At that moment, I flashed back to when I was 26. I was so irresponsible and had no idea how to manage money and I certainly didn’t have a savings account. I’m sure I had ridiculous debt at the time so to see my daughter being so responsible and being able to handle her business like an adult just made me so proud.
In 2012, when I dropped her off on the college campus as a freshman, the only thing I really wanted her to do was to be smarter than me. Of course, I wanted her to study and to graduate but all that falls under being smarter than me. Because, I went to college and didn’t study, and I didn’t graduate. I partied. Period.
She got it right.
My experiences made me who I am, and I am grateful that I had those experiences. I don’t wonder how my life would have been different if I had done things “right”. My life is my life and I have zero regrets.
As I journey to 56, I am so grateful for my daughter and for every decision that I made that allowed me to marry her father and give birth to her.