Monday, July 2, 2012

Lisa's 30th Birthday Week Celebration Extravaganza!

Ok...I might be overselling this one a bit, but you only turn 30 once right?! I turn 30 on Friday this week.

Some people cringe at the thought of turning 30. For some reason they don't want to leave their 20's behind. In February I was one of those people. I was dreading getting older and leaving fun behind.

When I think back my 20's were pretty tough. Especially my early 20's...my Dad died when I was 16: carbon monoxide poisoning at work. He was 38. Only 8 more years than I will be this week. That is a sobering thought: My dad had less than a decade of life left when he turned 30.

Dealing with the grief sent me to some pretty dark places. After high school I had a hard time making friends, I was unfocused at university and was often pretty introverted, at other times I would act out and make bad decisions. Looking back I'm pretty sure I was battling depression in my early 20's. I was really lost.

I'd like to think having my Dad die suddenly really put life in perspective for me. Maybe at times in those early years it did, but certainly not all the time. It was always an undercurrent in my life that's for sure...

What am I trying to say here? The point I'm trying to make is that having my Dad die at such a tender age reminds me now that life is precious. Every day is a gift. These days my motto seems to be: "If that's the worst thing that happened today we're having a good day". I've already had the worst day of my life. The small shit just doesn't matter that much. You never know when your last day here will be. I live every day trying to make good, healthy decisions for myself and I try to do things that would make my Dad proud.

Worrying about turning 30, I decided, is one of those things filed under "Small Shit that Doesn't Matter" because in reality I am happier, more confident, feel more beautiful, more secure and stable than I have ever been in my entire 30 years. How could that be bad? I have a wonderful partner who loves me, a beautiful home and a great, budding career. Who wouldn't want these things?

And besides, I plan on living until I'm at least 90. So 30 only puts me at a third of that age. I'm still young! And I actually still feel like I'm 24 or 25. lol!

So here's to 30!




I've got a whole week of Birthday posts planned to share with you. Here's what's coming up this week:

* Lisa's Life List - a list of life goals, big, small, things I want to accomplish
* 30 Things I've Learned in 30 Years OR "Dear 20 year old Lisa: Here's Some Advice from a Wiser, Older You"
* A Special Birthday Edition of my Wishlist series
* Flashback Friday: a look back
* A Special Outfit post of my Birthday outfit

Lisa.xo

4 comments:

  1. Happy 30th! I totally agree with you. I'll be 27 in September so I'll join you in the 30 something club before we know it. At first, I was dreading it too but I've talked to a lot of women about being over 29 and they all confess that life is much better when you're mature. So, I'm looking forward to it!! I really admire your view on negative moments in life. I also have already had the worst day in my life so I'll try to remember that when stupid little shit happens to me :)

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  2. Happy Birthday, sweets! Though I must admit, I thought you were my age (22)! You're so very lovely, hope the day was GREAT! x

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  3. I liked turning 30. I had bought a house 2 years before, my daughter was in her first year, and I was, happily, working from home. Now, I'm turning 40 next month, and I'm wondering where all the time went. My girlie turned 11 this year, and I'm leaning towards trading my city home for a country farm.

    Time goes so fast, and if we blink we miss it-sounds so cliche, but it's true!-and we don't get a chance to do it again. Of course, like you, I do plan to live well into, and hopefully beyond, my 90's, so even at (nearly)40, I feel young. Age is only a number right? It's how we feel that is important. ;)

    May you have a wonderful 30th birthday, and many, many more after that!

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  4. Happy b-day! my 29th is in a meer 2 months, glad to see your embracing 30. I am dreading 29 only because I feel I could have done more for my age... I am going to make 29 my "turning 30" and hopefully cross some stuff of my own list:) Look forward to more b-day posts

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Lisa.xo

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