Why You Should Be Happy About Turning 30

Last month I was forced to attend an event, an event where there was no backing out of. It was the celebration of my 30th Birthday.

Turning 30 had bugged me for a number of years. As soon as I turned 26, I felt like 30 was looming. But I was still safe, because I had a little time up my sleeve. Then the years raced by and it finally caught up with me. In the gay world, turning 30 is also known as ‘gay death’. This idea that you are well beyond your prime at 30 is ridiculous.

In my mind, I linked 30 to being super successful. Everything I ever wished to achieve was done. Beyond 30 was just a bonus. So when 30 got closer and closer, I dreaded it. It was the feeling that I wasn’t achieving enough. I wasn’t making the most of life. I was wasting my time. And every year that I got closer to 30, this feeling felt worse. I remember thinking, if I get to 30 and haven’t achieved everything I’d set out to, I will feel like a FAILURE!

It’s ALL Rubbish I Say!

But then I realised something. Who set that rule? Who said that as soon as I turn 30 life will be all downhill? This was purely a mindset. When you do the research, a lot of people don’t hit fame until later on in life. A recent video by Tadas Vidmantas, titled ‘Nothing Changes’ is a great example of this.

Mary Dixon became a pilot at the age of 50.
Francis Chichester sailed around the world when he was 52. He did this alone.

Henry Jay Heimlich developed his emergency maneuver at the age of 54.
At the same age Anthony Hopkins received his first Oscar.
George Burns received his when he was 80.

Daniel Defoe wrote “Robinson Crusoe” at the age of 59.
John Glenn went into space again when he was 77 years old.

The Average Nobel prize winner is 63 years old.
Theodor Mommsen received it at the age of 85.
Teiichi Igarashi climbed Mount Fuji and next year turned 100. Then climbed it again.

As for me? I’m 29 years old and I haven’t done anything that I’d be proud of… Yet.
And because of these people I know that I still have time.
I guess, I shouldn’t waste it…

Life is not divided into episodes. It’s whole. Like a film I’m trying to write right now…
Contrary to popular belief… people don’t have “best before” dates – my grandmother just started dating again. Her new boyfriend is 89.

No matter how old you are – you live.

Stop Worrying About Time & Age

Now that I got through the big 30, I’ve realised something. My hangups about turning 30 was purely all in my mind. I forgot how other people say that 30’s are some of the best years of your life. And I get the opportunity to write them as we speak. But honestly, being 30 is just a number. You don’t feel different, you don’t look any different.

If you’re watching this video, it means that you’re living and you’re breathing. Regardless of how old or young you are, you have an opportunity to shape your life however you want. Every day presents us with brand new opportunities. So stop worrying, get out there and live… and have your cake and eat it too!

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