Today was my birthday – yes, I am 365 days older and can officially say I’m in my 30’s. Being 31 means I’m no longer just the borderline 30; I’m full fledged into the 30’s. And no big deal! I’ve always told friends and family that ribbed me last year about turning 30 that I was really looking forward to saying goodbye to my 20’s. Those years were very difficult yet very formative years for me. I learned a lot about myself and life and what I really wanted, but it is a time period I would never want to visit again.I think most people find their balance when they are in their 30’s anyway. For most of us, we find ourselves settled in our family life, career life, or personal life. I see more friends participating in hobbies that help define who they are or trying new things out because you realize that time is of the essence. Live life to the fullest, don’t miss out on any opportunity. And you typically aren’t looking for the peer validation you sometimes crave in your earlier years. You do activities/hobbies/whatever purely because you enjoy them. This is what seems to define most 30 something’s I know.
Of course, ask me how I feel about the 40’s when I am 39…I may not be so chipper!