Monday, 7 March 2011

Thoughts on turning 30

So I came home from work today to find my wife feeling a bit down as it's her 30th birthday.  Since it's going to be my 30th in a couple of weeks time, it got me thinking about how I feel about the inevitable approaching milestone in my life.
To be honest, I'm feeling fairly positive about it, although it is easy for me to say as I've still got a couple of weeks to go.  Obviously there are negatives to the whole thing and I have to admit that I'm starting to feel a greater sense of urgency about the following:
  • My wife and I don't have any kids yet...
  • I am reminded by my elders and betters that my best career earning potential is in the next 10 years so I need to 'make it happen!'...
  • I haven't really started saving that much money or making that much of a dent (if any) in the mortgage...
When I think about the above, it’s easy to fall back on the old clich√© of “Well, you’re still young!”, and I have to admit that the saying helped reduce the anxiety I felt after buying an unnecessarily expensive car, but unfortunately there comes a point when you realise that you need to grow up, get your backside off the sofa and stop playing XBOX (Call of Duty: Black Ops at the moment...seriously addictive!).
In all fairness, that’s probably one of the reasons why I’ve started this blog in the first place...
Ok, enough of the bad points though and let’s talk about some of the good:
  • I don’t have to pretend to enjoy going to clubs anymore.
  • My social life tends to involve doing more coupley things, bit more refined etc etc
  • I do have a lot more disposable income than I had 10 years ago
  • I have become more established in my career (although I’m still fairly unsure of where I want it to lead, as I’m sure most people are)
  • hmm...well...I’m pretty sure I had more points than these when I started writing this post.
  • oh yeah...I’ll be getting an iPad when I’m 30!
So to sum up, yes it’s obviously not a great feeling to acknowledge that you’re getting older and are at least 10 years past your prime, but when I think back to how much has happened to me in the past decade, I can’t help but feel excited about what is in store over the next!

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