When I turned 29 one year ago, my family and friends quickly pointed out the pending end of an era. While they joked and jested, I amicably ignored them. Truthfully, I was looking forward to exiting a decade known for its trials and tribulations, for its appeal and excitement, for its agony and joy.
I used to quietly listen as my cousin, my sister, and then my friends talked about turning 30, wondering what my approach would be. But for all the things others said about turning 30, there are countless things they didn’t say. While there is anticipation and some dread, there is also genuine excitement and gratefulness. These are the things nobody tells you about turning 30:
You will start to love your body, no matter what (baby steps)
You will look at old pictures of yourself from when you were thinner and younger and miss those days. Then, you will remember you were a starving student who couldn’t afford the luxuries you can now, and you will be thankful!
You will realize you are nowhere near where you thought you would be by now. And you will forgive yourself.
You will stop holding grudges. Grudges take energy, which you have slightly less of these days.
You will appreciate your family more, flaws and all. They have your best interest at heart, for real.
You will choose to stay home and wash your hair VS. going out on a Friday night
You’ll let people who walk out of your life go to make room for someone better.
You’ll start to accept that who you are is divine purpose, and no one can be you.
You’ll come to the conclusion that turning 30 is a fresh start, a new chapter for you to write.
The best is yet to come
Bio: When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, Erinn chronicles her life as a Bay Arean where she navigates how to keep it real and keep it cute at the same time. God, family, friends, fun – in that order.