The big 3-0

Today is the big day. I’m turning 30.

To be quite honest, it doesn’t really bother me. I kept waiting to have this big, “Holy crap, I’m old!” moment, but it never really happened. Maybe it’s because I’m doing pretty well with myself. I would probably feel worse if I felt like there were things I should have done before I turned 30; like my life was lagging behind my expectations. If anything, it’s exactly the opposite: I am married with a beautiful daughter and another kid on the way, I have a job that I like, a Master’s degree, I own my home (by which I mean I owe a whole lot of money to the bank, but hey, they don’t call those payments rent!), and I have some dough in both my savings and retirement accounts. What more could a 30-year-old ask for?

I’m not saying there’s nothing that could be improved in my life. I need to lose some weight (but isn’t that supposed to be what I say when I turn 30 anyway?), my hair is hiding who-knows-where, the house could be cleaner, etc., etc. But all in all, when I look around at my life, I think I’ve got a pretty good thing going.

Is this normal? Will it hit me at some point? Am I missing a good excuse to make a big deal and get a lot of attention? Do I need to turn the histrionics up a bit? (I mean aside from posting this early in the morning so I can get compliments all day, instead of posting it at the usual time) Anybody have any good getting old stories / discussion? Feel free to post in the comments.

7 thoughts on “The big 3-0

  1. I am the first to say happy birthday! (today on the blog, of course) but regardless of how old you do not feel, having a brother who is 30, says he needs to lose weight, and is looking for his hair makes ME feel old! Congrats on meeting all your expectations today!


  2. Happy Birthday Shane – no “omg – I’m old” moments when I turned 30 but 45 wasn’t easy – back started going out more than I did 🙂


  3. 41 was the hard one for me, it’s like it was more real than 40. I hadn’t just turned, but was solidly into it. Now they all are hard, so I try to ignore them. I have a great aunt that lived to 96 (and died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a space heater), so my goal is to pass her. Sometimes it’s hard to just get out of bed though, but I’m old and can’t sleep either so I might as well get up!


  4. I’m never upset about my age because there are advantages at all ages. If you have a positive outlook, you can do whatever you want. I didn’t start running till age 54. Although age and health may limit me, I can still enjoy it and really enjoy when I pass others younger than me. Everyone gets older. Enjoy the good parts. Happy 30th kid!


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