On Turning 30
(We share the same birthday)
For a lot of people, turning 30 can be a really big deal. From what I’ve read and heard, it seems to be the time where most people stop and reflect on their lives, thinking about where they thought they’d be by the time they turn 30. This might cause quite a bit of panic in your average 20-something, but I’ve put a lot of thought and energy into how I would like to end life in my 20s, and welcome my 30s with open arms.
Over the past year and a half, I’ve challenged myself to complete a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30. If you look at my list, you’ll notice that I’ve specifically put things on it that I know I can accomplish. Some of it might have been a little bit of a stretch, but at the end of the day, the ability to complete any of these tasks is under my control. This means that nowhere on my list does it say get married or be at a specific place in my career. The items on my list were put there primarily to broaden my mental, emotional, and physical horizons. Many of the items are fun, but challenging. Some of them seemed fairly simple or shallow at the surface, but have changed who I am as a person, or my perspective on the world.
The final item on my list to complete is by far the most important to me. I decided that I wanted to welcome in my 30s by creating a time capsule to open in 10 years. To me, turning 30 signifies a time of growth and reflection. Building a time capsule is my way of honoring those values. It allows me to celebrate in a way that is intimate, yet social, because anyone who knows me at all is welcome to be apart of it. It’s a quiet culmination of thoughts and feelings that I’m capturing in the moment of time right as I turn 30. Choosing this as the way I celebrate turning 30 reflects and solidifies my values as I enter the next decade of my life. The decision to put this together couldn’t be more fitting for who I am, what I value, and what brings me joy.
So here I am, enjoying the last few days of my 20s, realizing that I couldn’t be more excited to turn 30 because I’m doing it the way I always dreamed of it–connecting intimately with people all over the globe who have made me the person I am today. I don’t want/need to make a big deal out of it or do anything fancy–I want to celebrate in a way that is peaceful, simple, and sentimental.
With that, I invite you to participate. I would love it if you would write me a letter–a letter that shares with me your thoughts about our relationship, a memory we shared together, a dream you wish for me, or anything that’s on your mind. It would mean the world to me!
Shoot me a message for my address. I can’t wait to hear from you!