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Thursday, February 3, 2011

thirty something

This past week I have been reminded (a memo to self  for no apparent reason) that I am in fact thirty-something. As I pondered whether or not I look anything like the cast from that early nineties sitcom, I couldn't help but laugh. I remember when thirty was old.


Remember them?

I remember thinking these people were nothing like my parents, who were in fact in their late thirties when the show was on air. They had more drama then we did. At least to my knowledge, anyway. Or maybe it was that they had a TV show, and we just had real life. TV is automatically more dramatic. It's funny that my parents were actually thirty something when thirtysomething was on TV. I wonder if they watched it? Did they relate?

How weird to know that my husband just celebrated his 39th birthday. I'm still able to claim early thirties, but how could it be that I'm thirty anything much less thirty something?

I don't feel old or anything like that. In fact, I'm loving my thirties so far.

So here's a list of the things I love about being "thirty something".

1. I finally do not care what you think of me.

2. I no longer keep my feelings or opinions to myself to save face.

3. My priorities are no longer about me. They have everything to do with my husband and children. I like that the pressure is off to accomplish this or get that done. It's simple right now. Raise kids. Stay married. I still want things in life, and I still have dreams I will fulfill, but right now I like that it's not about me.

4. Deep down I don't care if my house is dirty when you stop by unannounced. Even if I do cordially exclaim that you should "excuse our mess" as I make the courteous gesture to grab that last pile of folded clothes off my couch. I realized deep down, I still really don't care. 

5. I embrace the fact that I'm just not good at certain things, and own it. I'm late. A lot. I stink at schedules no matter how many calendars I purchase in a year, I will probably never take up sewing, and both of my bathrooms need to be scrubbed as we speak! (or as you read, whatever.)

6. I finally stopped buying books, and actually started reading them!

7. My parenting is a little more lax. I still have my worries, but some things are out of my control.

8. I am real no matter who you are.

9. I can say that my parents are my friends even if I don't agree with the majority of what they think. I've made it through that heart wrenching twenty something stage where you cut the ties and then try to build new ones. They're not that bad. We don't have to agree. It's nice.

10. I'm different than all of my siblings, and I'm fine with that. I actually quite like it.



At February 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM , Blogger Day 2 Day Living said...

I may or may not be thirty something, but I'll never tell.
I can agree with almost all of your list.

At February 3, 2011 at 11:04 PM , Blogger Diane said...

My thirties are drawing to a close since I will be 40 in a couple of months. I went through a lot and learned many valuable lessons in my thirties. Can't wait to see what my forties have in store!

At February 4, 2011 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Mariposa said...

I am actually turning 30 at the end of the year. I think I'm looking forward to it... Great list! :)

At February 4, 2011 at 1:57 PM , Blogger Braley Mama said...

i love number 9, well all of them,,,but 9 struck me because I have felt guilty about that. It is nice to know I am not the only one.
And so cool that you are REAL. It is impossible to make friends, and fellowship without being totally real!
Thanks for sharing!

At February 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Boobies said...

I'm thirty something too....and your list is spot on!


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