Well, today’s the big day. I’m 30. Birthdays are funny, aren’t they? At first, you look forward to them so much, count down the days, drag out the celebration, and get excited to turn the next number. Then you go through a phase where you’re ok with birthdays, but they’re just not that exciting. And eventually, I do believe, you don’t want to celebrate your birthday or have anyone know how old you are. I’m in the middle right now. It’s my birthday today and it’s the big 3-0.
First birthdays are way more exciting than thirtieth birthdays.
I don’t feel the need for a big party or any sort of celebration. It will feel nice to receive the love and kind words from my family and friends, and that’s all I need. I feel pretty lucky right now in my life. I’m healthy, my baby’s healthy, and I’ve got the greatest support system ever. I have a good job with coworkers who have become some of my closest friends. My family would do and does anything at the drop of a hat. And my friends know exactly what I need without speaking any words. Life is good.
Is it always good 100% of the time? No, of course not. And you know what? This has been a tough year. It’s been the best year since William was brought into my life, but it’s certainly had its hardships. Being a mom is the most rewarding yet challenging job. I could go on and on about that, but I know my fellow momma friends hear me there.
30. What’s to come this year? Who knows. There’s no telling what the future holds, but I’m welcoming it with open arms and an open heart. I’ve always been a strong believer in everything happens for a reason. We may not know or understand the reason during a challenging time, but in the end, it’ll all be worth it. Good things happen to good people (and bad things also happen to good people, but there must be a reason for it!). So what do I want as I turn 30?
I want to do better in the world and be the best version of myself possible. I want to practice patience, show love, be compassionate, and spread kindness. Because the world needs more of that. In my thirties and beyond.
It’s the first official day of school today and these are the morals I want to help instill in my students. Kids are never too young to learn patience, love, compassion, and kindness. It’s up to us to show them the way, guide them through, and live by example.
Because someday they’re going to grow up, and they’ll get to make their own decisions.
Maybe I am feeling a little emotional as I start this new chapter in my life. But it comes from this overwhelming sense of gratefulness as I reflect on where I am right now and who surrounds me. I’ve had it pretty good, these last thirty years, and I’m eager to see what this next part brings.
Here’s to 30!