On Turning 30 - The age "thing"

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
For the past few months friends keep on asking me if I am anxious about turning 30 this summer, but I have to say I'm not. The truth is that I am pretty excited about it. I know that despite everyone telling me that something will change, I am a bit sceptical about it. I think it's more the case of our environment changing their approach to us, rather than us having some kind of internal change.

I never really paid much attention to my age. I never had goals of achieving certain things by a marked age or change my behaviour. I believe in feeling comfortable in your own skin despite how old you are and achieving goals that feel right at any given time.

Rachel Bilson summed up the best how I feel about turning 30: Now that I’m turning 30 and I feel like its okay to go to bed at 9:30 and watch 'The Golden Girls'. For me it would be Seinfeld but I totally agree with her.

I loved Pamela Satran's project on '30 things every woman should have and should know by the time she’s 30'. I have just read the list for the first time a few days ago and to my total shock, I am pretty ready for my 30s. There are still a few things that I need working on like, getting a cordless drill, nailing my excises routine or finally putting my umbrella to good use instead of getting wet all the time.

As much as I enjoyed the past 10 year, I’m honestly done with my 20s, so big 3-0, here I come!

So, now your turn. I would love to know what age means to you. Were you scared, anxious, nervous or happy turning 20, 30, 40, 50, 60? Are you looking forward to one of those? Anyone else turning 30 this year? xo

P.S: My favourite age so far. (What's yours?)
P.P.S: Babies and age.

(Photo of Francoise Hardy via Upper Playground)

31 comments:

Elizabeth Benfield said...

i turn 30 on june 8th and 2 months ago i was NOT excited about it. there are a lot of things i have not had the chance to do and now, turning 30 and 14 weeks pregnant with our first child, i feel like i have missed some things. one of those things is traveling. BUT then husband surprised me with a happy 30th/babymoon trip to CA to see my bestest friend. i have never been before so im stoked. not to mention, i am so excited about being in CA with my bestie on june 8th that i couldnt care less that i will come home a year older. husband gave me something to really look forward to instead of dreading and for that, i am grateful!!!

nicole said...

I turn 29 this month, so I'm right behind you! Thanks for sharing this list. I need to work on a few of these agenda items. ;)

BellaGetsREal said...

I guess age doesn't really matter to me either. I am in my 40s and still feel young and playful. The only real thing that I see has changed is that I am a little more calm, patient and less judgmental. I hear as you get older you become stuck in your ways and have a hard time accepting others but I find it to be the opposite for me. I am getting so much from others.....Live and let live.

Patricia Villamil said...

I love this post. Hope your 30s are everything and more you expect.I have enjoyed my 30s so far. And that quote by Bilson is so spot on.

Diana Mieczan said...

Elizabeth, awww...huge congrats on being 14 weeks pregnant! How exciting and special! And how awesome of your husband to surprise you with the CA trip! He is a keeper for sure:)))

Diana Mieczan said...

Nicole, happy (almost) 29th birthday!

Dancing Branflake said...

I think for me I'm dreading it because I haven't accomplished all the things I wanted to. At the same token, I feel very blessed for the life I've had and the direction it's taken me. Mixed feelings for sure!

HiLLjO said...

Well Happy Birthday (soon)! I am glad you're not anxious; it's just a number. Hell, my dad is over 50 and he acts like he's 17 still.
I'm not anxious to turn any one age but I really tend to get impatient for the milestones I approach. We'll see about 30.

ElsaD said...

My 30th b-day became such a turning point on my spiritual life, reaching an inner peace that totally changed my outlook in life. It's like all the struggles that I had to face during the twenties (college, first jobs, questionble friend and boyfriends...), finally turned into wiseness, confidence and peace of mind. I'm now 34 and I feel I have the 'tools' to manage my life. I'm happy :) As for the Glamour article, I SO agree with the things you SHOULD KNOW, not so much about the things you SHOULD HAVE. Thanks for sharing your feelings about your upcoming B-Day. XOXO

steinschmuckdesign said...

Turning 30 is the BEST! Much better then 20, well for me it was :)

Vintage Market Place said...

i always felt 18 until having a baby.
my age never mattered before.
Now I feel 40 and I am not even there yet, lol
All I know that is true is that certain skirt and dress lengths need to be appropriate for the age even if you feel 18, ;)
Amy

holtkamp said...

i turned 30 in february and wasn't really looking forward to it. i was expecting at the time and our first son came early and was born on my birthday! so it turned out to be a great 30th!

Caitie said...

I turn 25 next year, which is kind of my scary age! I've never been someone to stress about age before, but I feel like I should have everything figured out by 25 (silly, I know) and I'm not there yet! Lol :)

Sarah said...

For me 30 was fine, but the next birthday was not. It was like I had invested so much energy into being OK about 30 that I kind of missed that 30 only last for a year and they you are 31.

Sage Crown Parker said...

the 30's are the best, i'm 33, and feeling like i understand life a little better!
happy birthday!!!

amy b.s. said...

i entered my 30s with a very similar approach as you. i've never really thought about the numbers or things to accomplish before a certain time period, but i have to say, i am definitely enjoying my third decade!

The Regular Joe said...

you need one of these shirts now
http://theregjoe.blogspot.com/2011/02/30.html

Tanvi said...

I turned 30 in Feb and felt EXACTLY the same way as you :)

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Fashion art and other fancies said...

The only medicine is to grow mature gracefully;-)

Kristina said...

I turned 31 in April, so I already passed the magical stage of "30". Turning 30 scared me a bit at first, but in the end nothing changed and I am fine with it! :)

Eliza Jane said...

It's funny. I was anxious about turning 25, but not about turning 30. I turned 30 in December, and I'm loving myself more than I have before. Also, since I moved to Australia, everybody's been telling me I look much younger than 30....including the 23yo hot bartender who hit on me Friday night! LOL. Gotta love the Aussies.

Ri(t)ch Styles said...

I turned 30 last november and it was an awesome feeling! I am soooo looking forward to the 30s :)

xoxoxo
Ritcha
http://ritchastyle.blogspot.com

little t said...

Ha ha, I had trouble turning 26 this year- only coming to terms with it now!

I'm off to read this list :)

Diana Mieczan said...

I love that, Bella and HiLLjO, your dad sounds wonderful:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Elsa, your comment is so interesting. I totally get the inner peace part. I've been feeling it lately a lot and I'm so happy about that!

Diana Mieczan said...

Awww, how special, holtkamp!!! I love that you share birthdays with your son:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Giggle, I totally do, The Regular Joe:)

Diana said...

ROCK ON!!!! I was nervous and had those things in my head about what I havent done yet, but like you said, those things will come when they do and I can still do them and enjoy them after 30! I think I will like 30 because now I wont feel young and have ppl calling me "kid" any more... I HATE THAT!

WOW so Rachel Bilson is 30?! And I dont think Im ever going to be in bed by 930...Im a total night owl! ;)

Diana Mieczan said...

I know, Di...She doesnt look 30, does she?

Punctuation Mark said...

i love my 30's... there's a care free attitude related to it that I like a lot... those who worry they do it because they have set unrealistic expectations about their lives and have a fear of the future

Embrace it because i can honestly tell you its a lot of fun!

Lena P Cox said...

Love my 40's, I'll keep this short and sweet. 40 means you done a lot and learned a lot. You know who you are and what you want. You are content and do what works for you. That's all I have to say about that. It's all good and I'm getting very close to leaving the 40's years.

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