Turning 30 is a huge milestone for a lot of people. For me it seems to be almost passing me by. I’m turning 30 on Sunday (25th September) and it’s going to be a very low key affair. Last year I thought my 30th birthday would be huge. It also marks a whole decade since I started university. I fully expected that there had to be some huge occasion to celebrate thirty whole years on this earth. But right now, I’m happy for it to quietly go by.
When you’re younger you pretty much expect to be doing or have done certain things by the time you’re turning 30. I recently found a piece of work from first year of uni where we had a 10 year plan. I wanted to have a good job, a husband, a house and children by the time I was 30. When I reached final (fourth) year I knew that was an insane age to be doing all of those things. My ideas of what turning 30 was all about had drastically changed.
There are loads of articles about why you should love turning 30. This article from PopSugar lists all the amazing reasons why turning 30 is something to look forward to. I’m fully aware that not all 30 year olds have reached the point that their list suggests though. Lifetime Magazine’s article about turning 30 hits the nail on the head a bit more. When you’re 29 you don’t suddenly wake up 30, it’s just the next day. On Sunday I will be another day older than I was the day before.
Maybe I’m less afraid of turning 30 because I’ve hit a few of the milestones already
- I have a child
- I’m in a committed relationship
- I’m getting married in six months!
- No more horrible landlords – we (sort of) have our own house
- We have a business
- We hope to have more kids after the wedding
- I gave up work to be a stay at home mum
- I’ve reassessed my aims in life and have become self employed with a (slightly blurred) vision of where I want to go while still being at home.
- I’ve found a hobby I love in yoga
- I’m pretty comfortable in my own skin
I think that in 2016, the age of social media, turning 30 can go one of two ways
- You either get paranoid about your wrinkles and download loads of airbrush apps to edit your instagram photos and cry about all of the things you haven’t achieved that you thought you would.
- Or, you embrace the fact that nothing really has changed and that you don’t have to have achieved everything and that instagram isn’t really that real anyway.
George William Curtis says it best, “age is a matter of feeling not of years”