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On Turning 30

BirthdayOn Sunday, I entered a new decade.  I joined the ranks of 30 year olds.  I have been approaching this particular birthday with some trepidation.  Many of my family members can’t understand why and reassure me that it’s just a number.  But it’s more than that and I’m going to try to express my angst about this particular number.

Since having Tater Tot I have become so much more aware of how precious life really is.  At the risk of sounding morbid, our time on this earth is short.  Now, I realize I don’t have any control over the amount of time we have.  For someone who likes things somewhat organized and routine, this isn’t an easy concept to handle, but I’m working on it.  There is no going backward and there are no do-overs.  So, while the big 3-0 has weighed heavily on my mind lately, I am looking to find the positive.

“It’s a good thing.” Martha Stewart

1. I learned a lot about myself in this last decade.  I am much more confident now, in several areas, than I was 10 years ago.  I have grown and changed for the better.

2. I don’t care as much about what others think.  This ties into the confidence but it can still be its own entity.  I have my opinion and others have theirs.  I respect that, but I’m not going to change mine as easily as I used to.

3. I am not perfect and I don’t intend to be.  I have flaws, but several of those are characteristics that make me, me.  I try to learn from my mistakes and keep going.  Life isn’t perfect, so I don’t want to be either.

4. I still have so much more ahead.  This birthday is a big deal but I have so many more ahead of me and I am looking forward to each and every one (the presents don’t hurt either).

While my initial reaction to 30 hasn’t exactly been  happy one, I am more than grateful to reach it and keep going.  I have no doubt this is going to be a great year  for me personally and professionally and I am excited for each new adventure.

xo, Lauren

2 Replies

  1. Happy birthday! If you’re anything like me, your life will get better and better as you advance through your thirties. I did NOT like turning 30. I had everything I wanted in life but I felt a void inside, and probably some existential angst also. But believe me, your thirties can be absolutely fabulous! :-)

    1. Thank you! I will definitely keep this in mind!

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