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Thoughts On Turning 30: This Better Be All That People Say It is

Nothing is really official until 7:32 p.m. EST, but still, the day is here. Today I’m 30.

I don’t have too much to say about it. Like most years, it will be defined by more days than just this one, and what this day means has yet to sink in. I’m very happy to say I’m 30-years-old, because as I keep telling people, the only other option to turning 30 is not turning 30, so I have nothing to complain about it.

But here’s my thing: Everyone I know who is 30+ says it’s so much better than the 20s, to which I say, You all better not be lying to me. With the exception of some unexpected deaths, stints of unemployment, and the occasional relationship drama, my 20s were damn good. As a matter of fact, better than damn good, they were great, wonderful, and full of life. If the next 10 years are even close to what the last 10 years have been I’ll be a happy man, so when people say they’re actually better, I want to explain to them exactly how good my 20s are and then ask them, “So what you’re saying is, it’s better than that?”

In my lifetime, I have had more good days than bad, laughed more than cried, gained more than lost, and loved more than hated. My 30s don’t have to be better than my 20s, I’d be happy with them being just as good.

But still, the word on the street is, 30s > 20s and it’s not even a contest. Fingers crossed and prayers up that is the case.

Oh and to my family and friends: Thank you. The past 30 years have only been this good because of what you brought to my life.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to thank God for  a wonderful life lived, ponder the possibilities of a bright future, and practice ways of saying “I’m 30” without sounding old.

Here’s to the next decade in my life. May it be what everybody says it’s supposed to be.

 

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  • Ashante

    Aw Happy Birthday. I hope that your 30s are just as good if not better then your 20s were.

  • Mo

    I thought my 20s were my best days until I moved on into my 30s. Looking back, I realise my 20s were exciting, but dogged with that post-adolescent insecurity of still finding my voice…my self. I was a bit of a crowd-pleaser in my 20s – approval seemed so important back then.

    In my 30s (I’m 33 now), I’ve made most of my self-defining mistakes, I’ve judged myself and been judged by others – I’ve been there, done that and I know who I am and what I stand for…unapologetically. I know the things I would choose isolation rather than give up & I know what I’m willing to compromise on and how much ground I can give before I completely lose a stand. I have the self-confidence to say “This is who I am, take it or leave it”. Yet, at the same time, I’m comfortable enough in my own skin that I’m always willing and ready to see myself reflected through feedback and I’m not afraid to change. I’m enjoyed my 20s, and I’m cherishing my 30s.

    One of the greatest things about the 30s is that I’m gaining that financial independence rhar will see me sail into my 40s. Trust me…the best years are ahead of you!

  • Anonymous

    Happy birthday! :-)

  • tdotmarie

    Happy Birthday, Jozen. Here’s to your 30’s being everything you need them to be.

  • http://www.max-logic.com/ maxfab

    We’re not lying. 30’s are WAY better than 20’s. You’ll see.
    Happy birthday sir.

  • http://www.outsidesinside.blogspot.com/ esoteric

    Happy Born Day!

  • Dc_nyyoungin

    Happy Birthday!

  • http://twitter.com/charismanclass Charisma N Class

    Happy Birthday Jozen!! I hear the same thing about 30’s being better than the 20’s. I don’t know for sure, but given the uncertainty, instability and indecisiveness that my 20’s has brought me, I’m sure your 30’s might be w/o all the “finding yourself” madness that most 20somethings encounter. 

    ENJOY YOUR DAY!

  • http://twitter.com/charismanclass Charisma N Class

    Happy Birthday Jozen!! I hear the same thing about 30’s being better than the 20’s. I don’t know for sure, but given the uncertainty, instability and indecisiveness that my 20’s has brought me, I’m sure your 30’s might be w/o all the “finding yourself” madness that most 20somethings encounter. 

    ENJOY YOUR DAY!

  • Older

    Happy birthday, Jozen. Turning 30 was no big deal for me but I just turned 40 and it feels awful. I hope I get used to it.

  • Kayla

    Happy Birthday Jozen!!! I wish you much success and all happiness that life has to offer.

  • Guest

    Perhaps 1 way of saying you’re 30 without sounding old is to say “Score!!! as a young man would say when in pursuit of achieving greatness. Based on what you wrote, it seems life has been great for you so far. Which is great because you know you’re on the roll for even better things to come for you. Happy 30th Birthday!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Let me take a break from reading older posts to wish you a very Happy Birthday! Hope you had great weekend in preparation, or you have one coming up. 

  • TheLeoGrl

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOZEN….wait until you see for yourself…30s are AMAZING!!  All senses are heightened and your life focus is stronger, you’ll see *wink*

  • Anonymous

    So I have now officially finished my catch-up of your blog from August 2009 – today (yesterday?). It’s certainly been an interesting and amusing journey. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours, Jozen, and I hope you eventually get to the point where you are ready to welcome that special woman with open arms and an open heart. I won’t say “find,” because she may already be somewhere in your life, just waiting for you to get there. 

  • Miss. Riss

    Happy Belated Birthday! Hope it was a wonderful day. Cheers to 30!