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Monday, December 04, 2006

The Waning Hours of my 20s

My birthday is in a few short hours. Last year at this time, I was writing about how I only had one more year until I'm an adult. Now, the hour is nearly at hand.

Two days ago, I went to take a shower, and I looked at myself in the mirror. I thought that I looked different, somehow. I wasn't quite sure what it was, then I said it out loud. "I look like a 30 year old." And I am. A 30 year old.

I'm not one of those people that whines and cries about turning 30. I am thinking about a new chapter in my life. My 20s had some pretty rough times involved, so I have hope that my 30s will be fuller and more prosperous. There were also some highlights in my 20s. I can only imagine how much better my memories of my 30s will be.

When I turned 20, I had a professor in college who told me that he thought that turning 20 was depressing. I thought he was crazy (I still do). There was nothing depressing about turning 20, and there is nothing depressing about being 30. Depression can come at any age. So can bodily failure (as I've already learned).

Here's to turning 30!


Blogger Trish said...

Happy 1 hour and 12 minutes early birthday! I hope you have a good one. And you're right; nothing is depressing about turning 30! (even though I'm still a few years away from it). Anyway, have a good one.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I turned 30 I did a sort of self-reflection thing, asking myself if I had turned out to be the person I thought I would be at age 30. I'm not for a lot of reasons, but at the same time, I can appreciate the depth of my growth even if my successes are not as significant. And like you, I can look at my twenties as a time of great transition with challenges and rough spots and growing pains. I look at everything that went on in my twenties - college, grad school, relationships, jobs - and am so happy to finally be 30, which feels like a very settled age. I am so over that constant feeling of transition that chased me through my twenties - things were happening to me, not because I initiated them - and now that I'm 30 I feel like life is stable and comfortable, like I have become more stable and comfortable with myself. Here's to being 30 - Happy Birthday!!!

5:57 PM  
Blogger LutherPunk said...

My 30's have been WAYYYYYYYY better than my 20's. I hope you had a good 30th.

12:34 PM  

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