I turned 29 last month. Eek! I’m really late posting this, but I like this post, so better late than never!
In some ways, I do feel 29. I have a family, a mortgage, and a full-time job. In many other ways, though, I really don’t feel like I’m almost 30. It amazes me sometimes how similar I am to my younger self and how little I’ve changed.
This birthday in particular feels like a very transitional one. I’ve been doing some reading on my Saturn Return (if you’ve never read about that, you should, it’s pretty interesting). I’ve been feeling so many emotions lately: appreciation for all that I have, sadness that some stages in my life are officially over, excited because I’m accomplishing my goals, and anxious about what the future will hold. To make sense of all these feelings, I’ve been thinking lately on what I’ve learned so far in life. I’ve been trying to reflect on how this birthday feels to me. The following are a few things I’ve realized recently.
Time Passes Quickly
When I was younger, time seemed to pass at a “normal” pace. Now that I am an adult (and a parent), time is flying by faster than I can comprehend. How is 2019 almost halfway over? It feels like only a month or two has passed since we were flying to Arizona to visit family, but that was over four months ago.
Since time moves so quickly, I’ve realized how important it is to slow down and enjoy the little moments. The obligations can wait – Daphne will only be little once.
Be True To Yourself
This is a little cliche, but it’s cliche for good reason: it’s true. Now that I’m almost 30, I have a very solid understanding of who I am. That battle has been won, so now it’s important to stay true to who I am.
There’s no time to waste doing things that make you unhappy (see the previous point). If something doesn’t align with your values, it’s important to make changes. Your own happiness and wellbeing is important over almost everything else.
Care for Yourself
I didn’t always look out for myself, but the older I get, the more I do. If I need a break, I take a break. If I’m not doing something that makes me happy, I change it.
When I think back at some of my unhealthy habits from college, I cringe. I didn’t take care of myself the way I should’ve. I’m making up for it now.
Don’t Take Things Too Seriously
Life can be really tough sometimes. I don’t think I ever realized how tough. To get through the hard times, friends, family, and comedic relief are so important.
Don’t take things too seriously. In a world where everything seems to be bad news, it’s important to have a positive release and keep an optimistic attitude.
What have you learned as you got older? Leave your advice in the comments!