I’m the furthest thing in this world from type A. I’m not a planner. However I did sort of just expect my life to follow the typical graduate high school–go to college and graduate–get a real job–get married–have kids pattern.
LOL at that. It kind of makes me cringe to think about where I would be now if that’s how it happened. Jesus has a way of wrecking my plans and I’ve come to realize it’s better to just let him. My life was basically thrown off at phase 2.
18-year-old Gabby was doing nothing less than leaving bowling green, going to UK, and spending the foreseeable future in Lexington with my friends. Mostly because there was no way I was going to the same college as everyone that I went to high school with. After just one semester it became clear that UK wasn’t the best option. So back to BG I went with all of Warren East High School and I transferred to WKU.
And that’s where I met my husband.
One simple move and here we are. So freaking weird to think about. We met just a couple weeks after classes had started back that spring semester. Dated for about 8 months, got engaged not long after my 20th birthday, and married just a couple weeks after my 21st. Life was kinda turned into speed mode. Alex had graduated and was going to medical school which meant him moving to Louisville. At that point I still had 3 years of school left and there’s no way I was waiting until then for us to get married. Bowling green to Louisville is barely considered long distance but we still weren’t feeling it.
Which lead to our wedding in the middle of my junior year, me transferring AGAIN in the middle of the school year, and moving to a new city in the middle of the year. Guys this was literally just a week after Christmas. Then Alex started school immediately after so we had a mini honeymoon in Nashville and then were thrown into this crazy life we were soon to know very well.
All the change. All at once. It was a crazy, but fun couple of months of adjusting.
So, here I am, a 21-year-old college kid and wife to a medical student. Honestly, our life is insane. I have a job in the midst of being in school so it’s not like I have buckets of free time, but my busy schedule doesn’t come close to my husbands. He has just started his second year so school steals him from me more that I’d like but that’s just part of it. A busier year means we are one year closer to the dream.
Looking back it was seriously the smoothest, best adjustment possible. I love being Alex’s wife and couldn’t imagine my life being any other way. Of course we’ve met incredible and supportive people here. I can’t imagine being a student at western and waiting out our engagement, and I definitely can’t imagine what I’d be doing if I were living in Lexington right now.
One of the things that I’ve noticed though is that there are distinct differences in my life and basically every other human’s I come in contact with. Literally everyone from girls in my classes in utter shock that I live with a husband and not roommates to my judgey boss at work questioning if I got married so soon because I was pregnant…. no other logical reason to marry someone right? *rolls eyes*
Most college kids aren’t married, most married people aren’t 21. Too mature to be in college but too young to be married. And that’s about where we are. Right in the middle just learning and going with the flow. Life is different and it is crazy but we’re figuring things out. One thing I do know is that there’s no one I’d rather figure it out with.