Today’s post is purely me bragging that it’s my birthday today!
I had originally planned a 34 things I’ve learned by 34 post, but I found the subject too boring to even write, let alone expect you to read – 34 is a LOT of things.
I don’t have any issues with getting older. In fact I love it. So many more days of things I’ve experienced, learned and so many more to live.
A lot of people I know had issues with turning 30 but I saw it as an exciting milestone. I strongly believe you’re only as old as you feel, and I think at the moment I feel like I’m in my early 20s, so in my opinion I’m winning!
I’ve achieved a lot of things so far in my life, and I feel like I’m continuously opening new chapters and closing old ones. You only have one life, so why fill it with regret or annoyance that you’re getting older – what a waste that would be?
So on this day, I turn 34 years old, and I intend on spending it excited that I’m another year older and with anticipation of what will happen in the next 12 months. So much can happen in a year, and so much has happened since I turned 33.
Every day is an adventure and the fact that you can have 365 adventures in a year is something to be excited about, wouldn’t you agree?
The other day I saw this meme online:
And it’s true. Kids will never understand that if you saw the dialing attempt go above 2, you just weren’t getting online. Or that you had to make sure no one was on the phone anywhere in the house to be able to connect. Or that if you had a BT Answer message waiting to be heard you wouldn’t be able to connect. Or know this sound:
Or even understand how it once took me 4 hours to download a movie teaser trailer (The X-Files Movie – and yes, it was worth it at the time)
Yes, boys and girls, it was a common occurrence that you’d hit download on something tiny by today’s standards, and it would tell you it would take hours, if not days to download.
And boy golly, you have no idea how old I felt when I realised I had to explain to my 13 year old nephew why you might have to plug in a computer to access internet, and what a modem was.
The struggle is real.
As you know I went out with some friends the other night, and while I was out I thought I’d order my favourite tipple, a Long Island Iced Tea. So I did. And the waiter gave me that long familiar stare of ‘are you old enough to drink’? To which I just looked at him and said ‘I’m 29’ and he continued to stare so I said ‘And married’ and flashed him my rings. So the waiter (who I think was actually the manager) quickly back tracked and started to dig himself a big hole. I did offer to show him my ID but he declined (and he was very pleasant about it).
This happens to me A LOT but the reason I’m bringing it up right now is that for the first time in my life, it didn’t bother me.
I’m turning 30 in August. Last year I completed a blog list in response to another blog I’d seen, commenting on their list of 30 things before 30. As I was completing it I could see it was a waste of time, but I still finished and posted it. I’ve been thinking a lot about getting older and turning 30 and you know what? I’m really looking forward to it. And I’m feeling a little old – and I love it. It’s a fantastic milestone – I’ve managed almost 30 years alive – go me!
I look young, and this used to bother me but if I look 23 for the rest of my life (or even just 6 years younger than my age) that’s fine with me! I know I’ve got good genes on my side. I rarely drink, don’t smoke, have never done drugs. I eat fairly well. I don’t have a skin care regime because I don’t agree with putting chemicals onto my skin daily to make myself look younger (evidently I don’t need to) and I’m not a sun worshipper. I try to eat fairly well. I don’t drink much caffeine and I’d rather have an apple than a chocolate bar. I drink a lot of water. I don’t work out because I’m INCREDIBLY lazy, but my job keeps me active and on my feet for 9 hours a day.
I’ll most probably bring up my age again up until my birthday, because 30 is a big deal! And it’s a concept I’m having a hard time getting my head round. But I’ve achieved a lot. I think that’s why I struggled with the 30 Things blog. It was all things like “Own a Designer Handbag” – which seems really unimportant as a bench mark. Maybe I need to make my own list (though now I don’t really have much time to complete it…… maybe it should be a 35 list!) What would/did you put on a 30 Things before 30 list?
Anyway, I think the next time I’m asked if I’m old enough, I’m going to give myself a mental gold star because I must be doing something right.