30 what? 30 who? Thirty...one
Wednesday, I celebrated the first anniversary of my 30th birthday. In honor of this (not so) momentous occasion, I'd like to revisit my thoughts from exactly 1 year and 1 day ago regarding the whole 30s matter.
(No) more obsessing about 30
You know, I have realized that I am not really sad about turning thirty. Aside from the encroaching wrinkles, premature gray hair, and visions of turkey neck, I don't really mind getting older. I have finally put my finger on the problem. You know the feeling you have when you are about to leave your house to go on vacation for a couple of weeks and you have to check to make sure that all of the lights are off, the iron isn't on, all with that special obsessive/compulsive fervor? Or when you are on your last day visiting some foreign city and you are trying to make sure that you have seen all the museums that you should 'cause you've been sleeping too late and didn't get around to sightseeing yet, you know that feeling?
That's me, right now. I'm at the door, looking at the last decade, years that have all begun with a 2, making sure all of my memories are in place. New city, college, new friends, my niece and nephew, first job, Italy...yes, it's all there. The happy moments, the tragedies, the special people, events, risks and decisions. You know, I've grown quite an affection for my twenties. They dun' went and taught me a lot about this life, and I think I just may be the wiser for it.
So, I've decided, it's not 30 that that has created anxiety--it's leaving 20. Like that trusty old t-shirt you've have for years. It's so comfortable, it makes you happy, it's been with you through thick and thin. But inevitably it reaches the end of its sweet t-shirt life and you just have to move on.
Ok, I think I can close the door and leave now, everything is fine. The iron and the lights are turned off, and I made it to the museum in time. Here's to the next decade!
And if I MUST be honest, I'd have to say that this new t-shirt has been broken in and it fits me just fine.
Happy birthday to me :)