Life can be fulfilling at both 16 and also 60. 25 and 35. Joy is limitless. Learning how to make the most of where you are does not have an age cut-off or a deadline. You are always be able to sit and wonder about things that could have gone differently. But you can also trust : you have not missed out on what was meant for you.
I know it’s hard to trust when so much is unknown, so instead of trying to make sense of it all at once, take it all colour, tree by tree, scent by scent, relationship by relationship. You don’t have to take it all in at once. Take in the newness of it all one moment at a time without worrying about the moments to come. Let that be enough. Breathe deep and let this moment be enough. Let this be a place where you find peace.
Remember the ground beneath your feet. You belong here. No one has taken your place. You are not too far from grace. Your story might be unfolding differently than expected but that doesn’t mean it won’t be beautiful. Where you are meant to be, you will be in time, no matter your age or stage of life.