Time sure is flying by; it seems like just yesterday I was a little tot hanging spoons from my nose and olives from my fingers. Ahhhh, deep sigh, such is life… always moving forward.
Stepping out of my 20’s and into my 30’s for the first time seems terrifying— to soften the process I reached out to 30 people who I love, admire, look up to/want to be in my 30’s… and I asked them to please provide some insight (some hope) with things to look forward to in my 30’s. I was unprepared for the responses my friends, teachers, and family provided and found myself tearing up (and laughing) more then once. This exercise in asking for others experience on the passing of years took me to a higher level of appreciation for my relationships and the beauty of life. These little messages came from people all over the world and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated. I can honestly say that I am thrilled to be entering my 30’s. Life is good! 🙂
When I was 30 I had a precious baby girl named Theresa Rae. It was one of the highlights of my entire life. Andrea, Leah & Jenna were also born when I was in my 30’s. 30 is NOT old. It is a time for new beginnings! For me, it was the beginning of motherhood. 30 is just another birthday, so is 40, 50 & 60…hopefully 70, 80, & 90 will be too. What matters isn’t how old I am but how appreciative I am for what I have. There is always always always something to be thankful for, sometimes I just have to look a bit harder. Look for the blessings in your life; it beats the alternative.
In my 30’s I find that I love and respect myself so much more. I have more faith in God and have a deep knowing that through all life’s ups and downs I will always be ok. Choices I made early on that seemed like life or death or potential mistakes, I realize now were so important in making me who I am today. I care less what others think knowing that my path is mine alone and in return am gentler on others giving them that same freedom.
-Turning 30 find one true friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
-Turning 30 know where to go — be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat — when your soul needs soothing.
Turning 30, get your shit together.
No more tomorrow, no more later, no way
If you feel, say
If you see, do
What you need to
3 stands for sensitivity and expression
0 represents inner gifts
So be ready for some major shifts
This is your time, this is the age
Three decades over, now turn the next page
I love to be in the thirties:) For every year I get more connected to myself… And the blossoms that grows out of that (like my trip to India) and my Yoga and art studio is a direct result of trusting myself and getting more close to my true nature. I needed all this years to loose my self and rediscover myself, collect experience…
– When you turn 30, you are old enough to do whatever you want, and still young enough to do whatever you want
– Look forward to becoming confident in your own skin and feel freer to let go of hang-ups.
– More wisdom to know whom you are and what it is you want out of life.
I loved being in my 30s – I am 50 now and that isn’t so bad either!
In my 30s, I got properly sober for the first time, and then tackled a lifelong belief that I was stupid by going back to school and getting my first degree!
In my 30s, I became truly fit for the first time in my life, learning how to swim lengths in the local pool and cycle hard and fast on city streets.
I made lifelong friends from all around the world and learnt how to use the Internet and program websites.
In my 30s, I bought a little Oxford English Dictionary and began to teach myself to use words differently, word by word. I had never been careful with words before and had had a poor education. I went on to write short stories and even won a competition called Queer Rites. Later I became a journalist.
When I think of being in my 30s, I think of Dublin. I think of living in a broken-down but utterly beautiful Georgian house near the city center, painting murals and listening to and learning about Bach and Pat Metheny with the windows open in the summertime. I think of sunbathing in Dublin’s parks, and hanging out with friends, getting fit, swimming in the freezing sea, eating chips off newspaper and visiting family and friends by bike all weathers. True, I hadn’t a clue about life but whether I knew it or not, I did understand some of the simple laws of being happy as I still love the same things I loved then.
I still have the dictionary. I still program websites. I still love Bach but Mozart and Stevie Wonder are my favorites. I am sober. I continue to love words.
Kazuo Ishiguro – from An Artist of the Floating World
“I smiled to myself as I watched these young office workers from my bench. Of course, at times, when I remembered those brightly-lit bars and all those people gathered beneath the lamps, laughing a little more boisterously perhaps than those young men yesterday, but with much the same good-heartedness, I feel a certain nostalgia for the past and the district it used to be.”
I LOVE my 30’s…here are several of the things I love about it:
– I married the love of my life – and I knew he was the love of my life because I finally knew myself.
– I gave birth to an amazing baby girl – becoming a mother is wonderful – but I am so glad that I waited until I was truly comfortable in being me to be the best mommy and to really enjoy the simple, and wonderful joys of life.
– I became comfortable with my flaws. I am bipolar. So what?
– I decided that if I want to wear 5″ heels to run to the store or take out the trash – that is my choice and no one can make a stupid comment that will steal my stiletto joy.
– I fully accepted and took pride in my love of aerosol hairspray, my teasing comb, and red lipstick.
– I said goodbye to coach international travel and hello to nicer hotel rooms. You only live once and travel is my (our) biggest splurge.
– But mostly – I just became grateful for every second with my husband, my daughter, my family, and my friends. Life is good. And the thirties have been the best part of my life so far.
Your sex drive goes down so you can finally relate to people as human beings instead of constantly trying to get in their pants” but this may not apply to women
In my thirties I feel the need to check Facebook less often!
Turning 30 reminded me that I have to grow older, but I don’t have to grow up. In my 20s, there was a lot of struggle & resistance, I grew a lot and discovered myself, therefore, I feel like now, in my 30s, I can really live authentically. I know myself better than I ever have, I am happier than I have ever been and I am so grateful for my train wreck 20s, I’m also grateful that I never have to be 24 again.
Turning 30 broke down another myth for me–that growing old isn’t fun. It’s a lot of fun. You get to know yourself better, you get to fall in love with yourself more, and life is richer and more beautiful–you appreciate your friends & family more and realize that 30 isn’t so scary, it’s fantastic. It has also made me question all the other “myths” out there and I have learned it comes down to this: This is MY life, I am in charge, and I get to choose how my adventure unfolds.
“In my 30’s I wish to reach a point of understanding that I don’t understand anything and only then I’ll naturally bow down to life”
Turning 30 was terrifying. I dreaded it for months in advance, concerned that life was going too fast and I wasn’t doing enough or I wasn’t where I should be by this age. What a relief when I did turn 30! So, part of me wants to say that one thing that you can look forward to when you turn 30 is never having the fear of turning 30 again. But it’s more than that. Its embracing the knowledge that life will continue and rush on whatever we do. It’s learning to let go of our anxieties, fears and our need to control. It’s smiling with the whole body instead of holding on to our worries. It’s accepting what life brings as a gift and ridding yourself of expectations. Its being happy in the knowledge that what is now – is real. Nothing else is. Or at least it is for me and this is what I remind myself when the panic about turning 40 starts to creep in.
Since thirty is the new twenty, I would like to say there is nothing to worry about. However, those of us who have passed over into the great beyond should warn, it’s not all over but at 1159 on the last day of your twenties one sound will be louder than ever. This sound will increasingly grow between your two ears and ring in every thought. It is a new sound, what was once ticktock ticktock , now becomes tick tick tick tick tick tick . The kitchen timer that you didn’t notice until now because it only gets louder as the last bit of time suggests you won’t be able to twist the time back now.
Carol Anne Anderson:
Turning 30……. well you live one day at a time and are grateful. Of course that is a little bland so.. Since this is the day you have waited for all your life…Whahoo!!!!!!!!
Barbara Grace Hill:
Turning 30 is a time to look at what one has been doing up until then and ask “Is this working for me?” If yes, it is a passion. Dive deeper. If not, let it go to make more room for the things that are working and the new things you want to do next.
By the age of thirty you should know when to try harder and when to walk away. I’m still working on that one. Lol
Things to look forward to in our in our 30’s
1. Turning 40
2. More Freedom to BE YOU (only because we know more about who we ARE)
3. Letting go of competition on many more levels
4. Committing more to your OWN LIFE
5. Becoming more balanced.
Confianza en uno mismo. Trust in yourself.
Never being more comfortable in your own skin, you’ve never been wiser but still have so much to learn in life.
Age is just a number. As you get older those numbers just seem to go by more quickly. Remember to take time for the important people in your life, and count each of them as a special blessing.
30’s are nothing to be fearful about, in fact they are time to embrace your femininity & power within you.
Most importantly take care of YOU! Physically, emotionally & mentally.
Exercise, take personal development courses & keep LEARNING new skills.
In my 30’s I began to appreciate my family as individual people and not as ideals or the ‘roles’ they held in relation to me. I have begun to see them as beautiful, creative, loving, flawed, fallible, human beings. I can appreciate them for who they are and not feel as many resentments or want to change things about them. I see that as I am able to accept them for who they are, they begin to accept me for who I am.
In my 30’s I have started to appreciate aging and not fear getting older. I suddenly began to see many beautiful, sexy, attractive people over the age of 30 and started to believe that I could be like that too. My eyes began to see the beauty of people beyond the ‘youth’ that I was bombarded with in pop culture and could see the sensual beauty of experience, depth, maturity and compassion. I let go of a lot of old ideas about what it was to be sexy or attractive.
In my 30’s I spent less time feeling anxious about what other people think and more time enjoying my life. I spent less time feeling like I need to be there or I need to be doing what every one is doing and more time enjoying the moment.
In my thirties I will strive to be more me. I will let go of old ideas that no longer serve me and I will create new ones. I will continue cultivating relationships with the ones who really matter in my life and I will do my best to take the time to listen, to hear and to act. I will embrace “level 3” with love and a lighthearted spirit… 🙂
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