My 30th birthday arrives on Saturday and I feel just as excited as the day I turned 21. There are the natural stigmas against turning thirty, but it’s just a milestone. It’s saying goodbye to those stupid mistakes you made while trying to figure yourself out, and hello to the wiser version of you. I’m sure my quote of the decade will be, ‘If I knew then what I know now’.
I was also lucky enough to meet my husband when I was nineteen, so he’s been through the thick and thin of my crazy and emotional journey. We got married when I was 22 and he was 25, then our first baby when I was 27 and Brinlee just arrived last year. So in the stereotypical goals, I’ve met all the ones most people want by 30. However, I still feel like I’m test-driving my career path. So I guess with everything there’s a little give and take.
So when thinking about leaving my 20s I remember the torture of my college classes, the friendships that came and went, the stupid decision to mix drinks the night before an exam, pull those dreadful all-nighters, wasting a day away while recovering from the night before, gaining too much happy weight, and all around questioning who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do.
I figured out who and what I wanted to be when I became a mother. Everything changes and your world becomes a whole other level of awesome. So for me I already feel like I’ve reached the 30s. I found what keeps me motivated, I’ve become more confident in my own skin and I’m content in my pursuit for a job I love. So don’t fear the number, be the number, ha!
Why turning 30 doesn’t scare me:
- The average person has had 7.5 jobs by the age of 30, and 2.4 more by the age of 35. I’m right on track!
- You’re more likely to stick with a New Year’s resolution in your thirties versus in your twenties.
- The small stuff doesn’t bother you as much, as well as what people think of you.
- More confidence in your thirties because you know what you want (whether or not you already have it). It’s about being more self-aware.
- You have a solid group of friends you can rely on. You become more selective in new friends you meet too. Learning from those friendships while in your 20s.
- When it comes to the aging process, change is just another word for upgrade.
- When someone asks you for your ID. A mini celebration occurs in your head.
- When someone younger hits on you. You still got it!
- When someone younger than you compliments your outfit. You trendy one you!
- Turning 30 means you survived your twenties! Congratulations!
Just remember you’re as old as you feel. Life doesn’t end at Thirty!