Today is the last day of my 20s.

I’m not really one to freak out over such things, but I have to admit that it’s kind of surreal. My age has begun with a “twenty” for quite some time now. Twenty-one… Twenty-five… Twenty-nine. And tomorrow, it’ll just be… thirty.

30.

How different.

I think I’ve accomplished everything I always dreamed of accomplishing in the decade of my 20s. I graduated college. I’ve been gainfully employed–in three different jobs–within a career that I really enjoy most of the time. I met and married a good man. I bought and sold a condo. I had a beautiful baby, thus becoming a mother. I bought a house. I’ve taken many vacations and spent many hours laughing with good friends and family.

It’s been a good decade, y’all.

I know that thirty is not old. To an 8-year-old–or even an 18-year-old–yes. But in the grand scheme of life, thirty is still very much young. In my eyes, I have nothing to complain about. Still, it is odd to remember so well things that happened in high school and realize that it was 12-15 years ago. Or reminisce with a friend how our friendship first began in 7th grade social studies class and realize that was 18 years ago. Or how first grade was 24 years ago. I mean, how is that even possible?

I had a coworker tell me today that thirty is when you really figure it all out. “Thirty is when true confidence comes,” she told me. In that way, thirty feels empowering.

I don’t know what the next decade will bring. All I know is that when I think back on the transition from my teens into my twenties, and compare it to now… life has changed. A lot. So I can’t even begin to imagine what “Forty Eve” will look like, ten years from this moment. I have much to look forward to. In that way, my thirties sound exciting.

I’ve tried to bid a fond farewell to 29. I kept trying to think of an excuse to say, “I’m 29″ today–for one last time–but it wasn’t easy to work it naturally into conversation. So you know what?

I’m 29.

And tomorrow, I’ll be 30.

 

7 Responses to Thirty Eve

  1. basebell6 says:

    happy birthday tommorrow! i turned 30 in june and it was very traumatic! glad you are going into it optimisitic. ;)

  2. Megan says:

    Welcome to the Club

  3. Jessica says:

    Happy Birthday Heather!!! I am turning 30 on Saturday!!

  4. Erin says:

    Isn’t it funn how 30 feels so much more monumental than 20? I am also on the “verge” of that new decade, and am really looking forward to what life brings. Happy Birthday!

  5. I turned 30 a few months ago and I have already found what your co-worker said to be true. I actually just blogged about this the other day. I’ve been hit by all kinds of realizations about myself and what I want out of life and I am suddenly feeling more comfortable in my own skin.

  6. Oh shoot, and Happy Birthday!!

  7. Meegs says:

    I just turned 30 yesterday, and I’ll say, welcome… it feels great!

    Happy Birthday!

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