Obligatory 30th Birthday Message

30th_birthday

On Friday, October 11th, 2013, I turned 30. This is what I wrote to myself…

“I woke up this morning, I pinched myself, and I repeated. I was slightly confused. The morning began like every other. Wake up, roll over, smile, feel incredibly overwhelmed with happiness for all that is amazing in my life (which, if you ever visit this blog, you’ll notice is in fact a lot).

So why was I so confused?

Today is my 30th birthday. I thought, for some reason, that I should expect to feel sad, old, pick out grey hairs (okay, I might have done that) and mope around until everyone got off of work and it was time to go ‘celebrate’ this milestone birthday. Everyone (mostly females) attaches this giant stigma to the day. You waste time dreading its arrival for months and when the day comes you wonder why your boobs haven’t fallen to the floor and why your boyfriend still loves you. Earlier in the year I even had a male tell me that no matter what and no matter how happy you are with your life, 30 will depress you.

I hate to be that girl—actually, no, I’m happy to be that girl…I feel amazing. How can I be down in the dumps? My best friend is on island, I’m at the beach soaking in sun, I have dinner with wonderful friends tonight and I start a really cool, new project when I do have to open my computer and start working again. I’m alive and I FEEL alive. 

So, you know what—Happy Motha’ F$#^in’ Birthday to me!—I’m going to enjoy this one!”

Okay, I know not everyone lives on an island, and not everyone has the man of their dreams or the job of their dreams. I don’t have it all either…YET. I work hard, I make my own luck and I go for the things I want. I’m not always successful, but I try. Failing gets a lot easier with time, but SO DOES SUCCEEDING. Define success how you’d like (I’m not just talking with your career), there are so many different degrees. Things happen in life that set us back, but perseverance is a gift, one I am lucky enough to have (no, I didn’t get it for my birthday). 

I guess what I’m saying is, I’m happy I had a birthday, it has given me an opportunity to reflect, be grateful and to realize that what we allow is what will continue. I am allowing myself to kick ass and take names. What about you?

*Double bonus, It’s Canadian Thanksgiving and I have Canadian friends, which means turkey dinner! I am thankful for so many things that I have no problem celebrating two Thanksgiving Days!!

 

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