Thirty Something Never Felt So Good
Watching Documentaries on GMO's & Reading Books on Tidying Up
In a few short weeks I turn 36. I never imagined I'd be turning the corner into my late thirties. By this age my mom had four kids and another one on the way. That kind of responsibility is incomprehensible. Nowadays, people seem more selfish or more cautious or maybe both, myself included. After seeing the devastation my parents’ divorce had on my family, it's certainly not something I'd like to endure.
Instead, my thirties have been a turning point in my life; wild, wonderful and carefree. I finished up teaching English overseas in South Korea and moved to Chicago to earn a Master's Degree. I became an aunt, twice. But most of all, I've taken the time to care for myself. I've learned what works for me and what doesn't, and honestly I don't have time for the latter.
Recently, I’ve been Netflixing stand-up comedians like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Ali Wong. One described your thirties as a time you start doing strange things like watching documentaries on GMO's and reading books like, "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up". Ironically, I’m totally guilty of both (you should see my drawers). But through it all I’ve learned to lighten up on myself and really focus on what matters.
For me, my thirties have helped me see how precious life is, that I don't have time to feel like shit about myself or waste on others who are negative. I've worked really hard to manage my daily life and expectations. I'm hard on myself. I do what I love. I eat well. I exercise often. I get my sleep. I take care of myself.
One indulgence I’ve adopted is to really honor myself as each birthday roles around. Instead of stressing over birthday celebrations, I’ll be off exploring some wild landscape. Exploring the unknown truly sets my soul on fire and who doesn't need more of that. Plus, it'll be such a relief to have zero expectations for the day. This year, I planned a trip to Cuba but with damage from Hurricane Irma I've rescheduled to Ireland. My journey begins in Dublin.
See you soon! xo