This past weekend, your writer here reached a new milestone, stepping over a new century in his life. That’s right, he turned 30. For those who haven’t reached it yet, it’s the first birthday you will ever experience that people will constantly remind you what age you have just entered. I must have heard “Happy 30th Birthday!” from everyone I saw over the past week, as they drew out the number as if it was a curse.
Maybe they thought I would forget, after all I’m now 30. And I don’t know if that happens at 40 or 50, but my guess is it’s the only other time in your life that it will occur. The other statement, or I should say question, that people asked was “How does it feel to be 30?” And that’s a weird thought, since, really it’s only a minute later from 29, and it’s not like lasers were suddenly going to shoot out of my eyes, while I struggled to remember where I had put the keys. Nothing had changed.
Of course, they were really just kidding and poking fun at my impending middle-agedness. But it does get you thinking about your past and your future. And when I began to think about it, it became clear that people’s fear of 30 was not only unfounded, but misguided. This is because of the belief that at 30 your childhood is officially over, you’re an adult and the best days of your life are behind you. But let’s just evaluate the “best years of your life:”
- 0-6: You don’t remember a thing. I’m sure they were great, sitting around, playing with friends, pooping your pants and relying on the parents for everything, but you probably remember zero to little of this time. You weren’t old enough to know anything, so you were just soaking it all up. Sounds fantastic, but who knows? All I remember is getting bit by a goose when I was four. I can’t include these among the greatest years of my life because I have no idea if they were.
- 7-13: Great times. You probably had very few responsibilities, other than like cleaning the cat litter (one of mine) or taking out the trash. But most of your time was spent playing little league, hanging out with friends and learning to dress yourself. You remember these, and they were a blast. These can be included in the greatest years. Continue reading