Ok, I realize this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for some reason my 24th birthday was a strange one! June 1 rolled around and I didn’t feel different (much like every other birthday since my 18th), until my wonderful, loving boyfriend pointed out: “You’re in your mid-twenties now, you’ll be 30 in 6 years!”
What? 30? Six years?
Ok, ok, I know that 30 isn’t old, I don’t think 40 is old, heck, I don’t even think 50 is old! It’s true what they say (at least I think so) that 40 is the new 30. Well, I’d even venture to say that 50 is the new 30. Look at what some of these 50 and 60 year olds are doing. I mean for crying out loud, there was a 74 year old man that finished the half marathon before I did, so yeah…it’s not old.
I realize this makes me sound very young, but hear me out…
I freak out, freaked out! Like “OMG I’m not young anymore” kind of freaked out! I think that’s it. It’s not that I’m old, or even getting old, it’s that I’m no longer young.
- I found a bunch of gray hairs a few months ago
- I’m starting to see wrinkles around my eyes
- I just got my eyes checked and officially am wearing prescription glasses
- I have bad knees
and the list goes on…
A dear friend once said “You know you’re no longer young when it’s weird for you to go to a college party…” For guys it’s more like “You know you’re no longer young when you can’t pick up 19-year-old girls (without flashing money or cars) anymore.”
I’d have to agree, and folks, I’m there!
No way could I show up to a college party now, people would be asking, “Who brought the old chick?” or “Dude, is that your older sister? Why is she here? She’s old!”
Here’s the thing with the twenties, at least what I’ve noticed. Once you graduate from college and get a real job, you’re no longer young, but you’re still in your twenties with little life experience, so you’re not old. You’re kind of stuck in limbo, in the middle, just trying to make it big, without getting old!
Well, cheers to being in my mid-twenties; 30 is just around the corner!
10 things I want to do before 30:
- Complete a full marathon or 2
- Get married (to my wonderfully perfect boyfriend)
- Have a baby
- Start grad school
- Be happy with every day I have, even if it’s a bad day
- Have a plan to start my own business
- Go back to Rome
- Complete at least 2 half marathons a year
- Do a half marathon in a foreign country (maybe that will get me back to Rome!)
- And probably most important... Be okay with the fact that half the things on this list might change