I’m not sure how to create a witty intro into this post, so I’ll just jump right to it: I’m turning 30 this week. And I’m completely okay with that.
I don’t really get the whole “freak-out” that people have with milestone birthdays. Exactly a year ago I wondered if I would feel anxious or sad as I approached the big 3-0. I may not have the “typical” life that most 30 year olds have, but then again, I think that’s why I’m completely okay with a new decade. I remember vividly on my 25 birthday saying “by the time I’m 30, I will have gotten my Ph.D., finished an Ironman, and gotten married”. If I could go back in time I would condescendingly pat my 25 year old self on the head. Well as they say, two outta three ‘aint bad!
The weekend after my birthday I’m organizing a fun “Winter Games 2013″ party with my friends, and have a pretty amazing day planned out (things kick off with a beer mile and go from there). I’m probably going a wee bit overboard with the planning and prizes for my party, but I live for this stuff. And I loved every minute and every dollar spent at the Dollar Tree.
The problem is I’m not sure what to do with my actual birthday (Thursday, Feb. 7). Since it’s such a milestone birthday, I feel this overwhelming desire to do something “epic” on the day. Unfortunately, I’m stuck giving a presentation mid-day so I can’t take the whole day off and go run 30 miles or something. I already requested that my track coach give us some workout that involves 30 total laps on our 200m track. I’ve pondered 30 laps in the pool, or 30k on the bike. But nothing seems “30″ enough. Perhaps I’m putting too much pressure on myself and the day, but you only turn 30 once and I don’t want to blow it! What did you do on your 30th birthday? Any suggestions on how to make the most of this big day?