Thirty is the new twenty, forty is the new thirty….new new new. What about just accepting getting ‘old’ instead? In the grand scheme of things, thirty is not elderly and in fact it a perfectly fine age to be. My twenties were pretty wonderful and I whole-heartedly expect my thirties to be as well.

This new decade has me thinking a lot about time. How slowly and how quickly it passes. When I think of when I turned twenty, it seems like from then to now it has been a slow treck. When I asked my grandmother about when she turned twenty she exclaimed that it was “another lifetime ago” and “time flies when you’re young”. But then I thought of asking a five year-old what it is like to turn six and they usually respond with “it takes forever to be a big kid”. Life crawls by when you have a very short frame of reference. Older people think it goes quickly and children feel time creeps. I am in the middle and I cannot yet decide how I have perceived my time on earth but I have thought of how I want to use my time.

In this new decade, I want to carry with me the wonderful lessons I learned in my twenties and keep those that worked for me going. Time for myself, making time and putting in effort for friends and family, Sunday meals, time for reflection, time for study, time for fun. I have found that the longer I live in the states, time has made me a slave to it. Meetings and deadlines and rush hour and “no time for this and that” and I honestly am not a fan. The culture here is one to keep track of time but I miss the long leisurely dinners spent with friends and a bottle of wine that never seemed to end. Upon reflection on my time on this earth, I have come to realize that it is what you make it and my favorite motto, “You have time for what you make time for”. That will always hold true. So what shall I make time for? All the above and more.

Turning thirty has come and gone and it was an absolutely wonderful birthday to boot. I know that I have a lot of good times ahead to look forward to. Travel and a new apartment and a new chapter of life that feels as if its only just beginning. Now, at 10:01 exactly, I feel a buzz of excitement for what is to come, through trials and tribulations has come hope and promise and so much love.

I welcomed thirty with open arms, fortunate to be here to embrace it with a glass of wine in my hand, a smile on my face and love in my heart.