Sing it, Blue Eyes…. ’cause I’m still having a slight struggle here.
THIRTY?! Seriously?! THIRTY?!
OK. I’ll save the freak out session for later behind closed doors or somewhere random in public before (or after) the clock strikes midnight.
So the final day is here and I haven’t partied it up every minute or ‘finished strong’ as some have suggested. I went to work early and finished out strong; the sense of accomplishment after a long week is so gratifying.
Now I’m getting ready for a simple dinner at a local’s favorite in Pompano Beach. I even listened to some country music on the way home. Is this a sign that my time has come?
Ha! Just kidding.
Don’t worry, it’s still early, and there is always tomorrow!
It Can’t Be That Bad
At the end of this decade someone is going to have to remind me about this freak out session I’ve been having for the past month. Perhaps I could avoid this entire ordeal and realize it’s not going to be so bad.
How could it be that bad? Look at all the amazing things I’ve done and experience in life thus far… and it’s only getting better. Every day I have taken the time to examine some aspect of my life and it never fails that I always walk away feeling even just a smidgen better than I did before.
“Your 30s Will Be A Dream”
…At least that’s what my dear friend, Suzanne said. “You will look back fondly on your 30s one day,” as she prepared me for the final hours of the day.
Yea, well that’s really easy for everyone to tell me…. when you are already there and beyond! Of course you are going to look at it this way.
“Believe me, you’re going to be fine” she insists.
Get By With A Little Help From My Friends
Over the past month as the date has drawn near, many people close to my life have been offering me some sound advice on how to accept, live through, and conquer my thirties. Honestly, there have only been two people out of the many to have anything real negative to say about turning thirty so the odds are in my favor.
I think it’s safe to say I have some pretty cool people in my life – both young and old – that can offer some great thoughts and meaning to this dirty thirty.
So just in case someone in your life is telling you how miserable thirty will be, here is what the smart people are saying:
~ Your thirties are where it all happens or doesn’t! Make the most of it! This is your future and you get to create it your way. @mamasmission
~ Age is only a number. Keep that wonderful spirit that makes you who you are, and you will be forever young
~ 30 is the new 25 or something… also, 40 is the new 25. 25 is the new 25. @teedubya
~ Take care of your body… it doesn’t bounce back as easily.
~ The decisions, choices, chances and relationships you make in the 30s will determine the course of your life. But here’s the thing: don’t worry about mistakes. You can recover from almost anything. It just might take a little more work in the 40s.
~ It may be hard to believe, but your thirties will be better than your 20s!
~ You finally begin to feel like an adult.
~ If you get an opportunity to do something that you have never done, do it and never, never stop having fun. That opportunity may never come again.
~ The only thing absolute in life is change; learn to accept it.
~ Your future is just around the corner. Start saving for your retirement but have a slush fund for those spontaneous opportunities.
~ It’s what you make of them. The number itself changes nothing.
~ You set goals you check to see how far along you have come and realize that life is more than each passing year but more importantly each passing moment. Embrace thirty and continue to set goals; but live on your terms – not by what society says you should or should not do at a particular age. @craigskill
~ You just give less and less ______s, literally. And by that, I mean you care less about stupid petty things in life and what people think of you and focus on what really matters.
~ You stress more about turning 30 than you do 40.
You saw the Sox win the World Series three times in your twenties, and were even there to witness the third! Think repeat in your thirties will ya please?!? -Dave Henry
I’d have to say that the advice I’ve shared seems to make so much sense in so many ways. It doesn’t seem like it’s really going to be all that bad of a thing. Thank you for sharing, my friends. (I will hold you all accountable if none of this actually happens, by the way.)
Thanks for reading along and joining me on this journey down the final stretch. What was originally just an idea on a fun blog series became an incredible self examination and reflection.
After all these days and all these blogs, I have one final proclamation for this series:
I am proud of the person that has evolved in the past ten years, both professionally and personally. There have been some very trying times during these years, but most of those memories are stifled by the overwhelming joy that was ever present.
I have no regrets. I have nothing but a smile when I think of the mark I have left on the world during these years – and even more how the world has left its mark on me!
I conquered my twenties like a champ – no doubt about that. But I am ready to dominate this next decade!
Bring it on, thirty! TifDiP is ready for you!
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