Updated: Dec 2, 2019
"Time and tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty." - Robert Frost
"It's really something for people who are approaching 30 to take a look at what that means to them. I think turning 30 is a chance to re-identify with yourself." - Neil Patrick Harris
I turned 30 in March, and as we all know, the world has a lot to say about this particular birthday. There's this weird pressure (maybe it's pressure we put on ourselves more than anything) to have life figured out, or to have checked certain boxes by this point in our lives. We worry that life doesn't look like we imagined it would a decade ago. We are sad to think that our best years may be behind us now.
But the closer I got to the big day, the more I thought about what 30 really means to me. First, I looked back and reflected on my 20s, and all the crazy things life threw at me. I had some really great times, but there were some really terrible seasons of life in there too. I thought about how much I've changed in the past decade, and how far I've come (both literally and figuratively) from that midwest college kid.
Then I thought about where I am now. I thought about how much more accepting and comfortable I am with myself. I thought about how much wisdom I've gained through my experiences. I thought about the things I've accomplished by 30 that I never dreamed of to begin with: successfully running my own business, experiencing living all over the country, visiting Harry Potter world not once, but THREE times....ok, some of those are bigger accomplishments than others, but you get the idea: the list goes on and on.
As I looked to the next decade, I realized that for me, turning 30 isn't about looking back and marking how far I've come, it's a fresh page for a new chapter. And I'm already starting out in a better place for my 30s, with my amazing husband here with
me, an awesome career, and some bright new adventures already on the horizon.
Which brings me to today, when I am officially 30-year-old. I refuse to be anything other than optimistic about this new chapter of my life, and I'm excited to see what unfolds in the next few years. So hold on, friends, this ride is just getting started!