Thirty years old. I will hit that milestone this Saturday and while I have mixed feelings about the number and exiting my 20’s, I’m looking forward to it for the most part.
Approaching a new decade has been an interesting journey. If someone were to hand me the goals I wrote for myself in high school and college, I’m pretty sure I would be able to check off all of them. In high school my number one goal was to be happy and content, to be creative and to have an awesome job – I’m there. In college I was a little more career driven and wanted the title of Director in my name, I also wanted to be in a creative industry that personally affected people. I have that too. My personal goals were always simple, I wanted to be married and own a home by the time I turned 30, check those off too.
Maybe my goals were too attainable, maybe I didn’t set them high enough or maybe I’m just one of those people that works hard to get what I want and I don’t stop until I do or maybe, I’m just lucky. It’s likely a combination of all of these but whatever it may be, I’m content, I’m happy and I’m looking forward to what life has to bring.
In the past few months I’ve found myself wondering where all the newfound clarity of who I am has come from. There seems to be a consensus that 30 brings self confidence, self awareness and a general acceptance of who you are. As the youngest in my group of friends I’ve always been a little jealous hearing about how wonderful 30 is and now that I’m here, I understand.
I’ve recently come to the realization that clarity can’t come earlier in life, it would be wasted. Before now I wasn’t ready to know who I really was and wouldn’t have accepted it. My twenties were tumultuous, nothing was ever good enough…the possibility of something better was around every corner and believe me I was always looking. My trek of self discovery has been an interesting one for sure. From taking the leap to attend art school in the big city to quitting an awesome corporate job to be a ski bum, to coming back to the real world and starting my own business, I’ve leapt at opportunity and never looked back. I’ve lived without regrets thus far and plan to keep doing the same. I’ve also accumulated quite the list of things I want to do and try and I keep putting them off saying I’ll get to them later.
When I was approaching my 29th birthday last year I wanted to jump on the 30 things to do before you’re 30 bandwagon. I missed it, I was too busy last year to attempt to add anything new to my schedule. This year, I’m jumping on. I have lots of things that I’ve been saying “I really should try that or do that or experience that”. I’m going to do it! This is the year, this is the year of big and exciting experiences and probably some fairly mundane things as well.
So, with that, I have to finish my list. That may be the first thing I cross of my list :). I’ll have it up Monday, check back….maybe you’ll find some interesting ideas for your own life! Until then, I’m off to Aspen to enjoy my last days as a twenty-something with my awesome husband!