Too often age is seen as a bad thing, unless of course your age happens to have a 2 in front of it. And I get why that is. We live in a youth obsessed world. So, for many people, anything that takes them further away from their 20s is a bad thing.
But not for me, (for some reason).
I guess my 30s are turning out better than I had thought they would. Admittedly, I wasn’t that stressed about them in the first place. I didn’t have the all too common ‘oh my God I’m about to turn 30’ panic attack that some people do.
I realise a lot of this non-panic about my age has to do with the fact that I’m pretty happy with my life, the people in it and the things that I occupy my time with. And that could be what makes all the difference.
While my 20s were an awesomely fun and adventurous time of my life, I don’t know if underneath it all, I was actually happy. In many respects, I wasn’t settled at all. Heck, I didn’t know which continent I wanted to live on, much less what I wanted to do with my career, or being ready (or willing) to be in a long-term relationship.
All that has changed for me during my 30s, which would go some way to explain why I’m enjoying this decade of my life so much. With a lot of those things sorted (not perfect, but perfection is about as real as Santa Claus), I’m becoming happy at a fundamental, base level.
That, combined with the vacuum of emotions I had about turning 30, might be why I’m actually looking forward to my 40s, even though they’re a few years off yet.
I’m looking at the time I have between now and 40 as a chance to really set some stuff up in my life to enable me to launch into my 40s EXACTLY where – and who – I want to be. In that sense, I’m looking at my 40s as a launching pad, a starting point, as opposed to the end of my life as I know it. It makes a big difference.
40 doesn’t seem scary because I still have four more years to get myself ready, enjoy my 30s and really get a jump start on what I’m looking forward to being an awesome next chapter in my life. I cannot wait, but in the meantime, I’m going to continue enjoying being exactly the age that I am.