A less than conventional life...
I had a beautiful pink prom dress, but an awkward and dissatisfying prom. I didn't send out multiple college applications, waiting excitedly for the thick envelopes in the mail. I won a scholarship but dropped out of university after one term. I never lived in residence, attending dorm parties and eating in the cafeteria; I chose instead to live in a heritage walk-up garret in East Vancouver.
I traveled to romantic Paris - alone.
I learned to sail - with strangers.
I never learned how to cook properly.
I never had a dog or a white picket fence.
I dated men who were much older than me, then much younger....
I married one of them, but without a proposal or an engagement ring. Even as a teenager I couldn't picture myself in a traditional wedding, so I had a Halloween wedding. We didn’t have a honeymoon.
I no longer own a house and I don't have a retirement plan.
I grew up in a traditional, conservative family. Somehow, over 30 years of adulthood, my life unravelled in it's own way.
And after all that time, it's all OK. I have another 30 years to decide how to be when I grow up.