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.

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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!

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  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 🙂

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  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!

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  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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