I celebrated my 30th birthday this weekend and I have to admit that I had a little bit of a difficult time with it. It’s just so hard to believe that I am beginning my 30s. So far, it has been great. I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter, who could ask for anything more……
But part of me is sad to say goodbye to my 20s. It is definitely the end of an era. Life will never be like that again. Never again will I have the freedom, lack of responsibility, or care-free life that I had when I was in my 20s. But the sad thing is, did I even appreciate it when I had it? I wouldn’t trade the life I have now for all the money in the world, but there are days when I would love to go back to that care-free life just for one day.
Why do we spend our first 30 years wishing our life away? I can’t wait to drive a car, I can’t wait to go to college, I can’t wait to get engaged, I can’t wait to get married, I can’t wait to get pregnant………And then, all of a sudden you have all these things and think, “now what?” Up until now, I have spent my life anxiously awaiting the next big milestone.
I wish I would have spent more time enjoying where I was instead of always focusing on where I was going. But, we can’t turn back the clock.
In my next 30 years, I want to live in the moment, take time to enjoy the little things, make wonderful memories, and stop worrying about what is going to happen in 3 months, 6 months, or a year. Is that really going to happen? Well, let’s be realistic, probably not entirely, but when I am 60, I don’t want to feel like I wished the last 30 years of my life away like I tended to do with the first 30.
Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed my 20s (and all the years before that) and made memories that will last a lifetime. But from now on, I want to try harder to live for today rather than for tomorrow. And remember to have lots of fun along the way!