HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
I’m writing this on the eve of my 30th birthday. It’s the last time I’ll be considered “in my 20’s,” and that makes me a little sad. I know it’s just a label, but I’ve never really felt like an adult, so now at the age of 30 there is no denying it. I’m officially a grown up lady.
What exactly does that mean? I’m sure there are lots of differing opinions on the matter, but for me it means not caring about other people’s opinions. I spent so much time in my 20’s doing what was expected; that it took me a while to figure out what I wanted. Now I feel like I’m on the right track and I’m making it up as I go. I intend to continue to live my life exactly the way I want. Is it selfish? Probably, but the night before my 80th birthday I want to know that I didn’t make compromises where it matters. So expect to see lots of polka dots and fluffy skirts in my future.
I feel like I’ve been celebrating this milestone birthday for a while now. Being able to travel this year was the ultimate gift to myself. I cherish the education I’m getting on the road, and the freedom this lifestyle choice provides. Of course I don’t know what the future holds, but I plan on continuing to prioritize travel and meaningful experiences over all else. It took a long time and hard work to get here, and I don’t intend on giving it up easily.
At 30 I have self-awareness and confidence that was missing in my early 20’s. It’s the plus side of putting myself in uncomfortable situations and taking risks. I think it’s so important to be able to identify and admit my weaknesses. Taking ownership is the first step in trying to make a change for the better. It has also helped me to realize my strengths, and I wouldn’t give up this knowledge for all the wrinkle free skin in the world.
Do I have it all figured out? Absolutely not! But I’m going to have fun trying to get it right. I feel like I’m in a good place and on the right path to a great decade. So goodbye 29 and cheers to 30! I can’t wait to see what you have in store.