A couple of weeks ago I turned 30!
I love birthdays. I love my birthdays, I love other people birthdays, I love people who celebrate animal birthdays. I love birthday cake, birthday parties, birthday hats, birthday balloons. I love how anything becomes extra special when you put the word ‘birthday’ in front of it.
I believe in birthday weeks, not birthday days.
What I’m really trying to say here, in case you missed the message, is that I really REALLY like birthdays.
Over the weekend as I talked to people during my errands around town I would usually mention that it was my birthday and I was turning 30. Most people were happy and congratulatory. Some people though, reacted by asking me if I was going to tell people I was 29 and holding, giving me a knowing wink.
‘No, I’m going to tell them I’m 30. I'm really excited about being 30. I think it’s going to be a great year.’ I would respond.
They would either give me a surprised look and say ‘oh, well good for you!’, as if I was keeping my chin up in the face of tragedy, or chuckle to themselves and say ‘you'll change your mind once you’re my age.’
It wasn't a reaction I was used to seeing, and it almost made me wonder if I SHOULD be worried about turning 30.
At this point it would be easy to think of all the things that I haven’t done with my life. All the things I've wanted to do, all the things that other people much younger than me have accomplished and all the opportunities I have ‘missed out’ on, or will miss out on by being ‘older’.
But I'm not going to let myself think like that. I love the life I have lived so far. I love the life I am living right now. I have spent these last 30 years on this earth learning, discovering, growing and changing. And I will continue to grow, change, learn and discover long past turning 30, long past when I turn 50, long past when I turn 80 and hopefully long past when I turn 90.
Yes, age is just a number, but it’s your number. Own it.
This year my number is 30 and I'm excited to see what surprises and new adventures that life has in store for me!