In about five months I will be turning thirty years old. I welcome this new decade which seems to be rushing quickly upon me both mentally and physically. I honestly believe for the the first time in my adult life that I will be taken seriously. Hold on. I'm hoping for the first time in my adult life that I will be taken seriously. When you're a twenty-something you are technically a grown-up, however because of your age and assumed lack of experience in life it seems your words, beliefs, and thoughts are undervalued no matter what your life experiences may be.
And honestly not all of my thoughts should be taken seriously. At least not the random ones.
Some of you just turned twenty or will be soon. You think that you can take on the world and do anything...however the law says you can't even buy yourself a beer. When you're twenty-four and have three children under your belt (or muffin top) still you are treated like an adolescent because obviously you are too young to know what being a parent is all about (they were right). When you're twenty-seven...twenty-eight, you remember what it was like to be nineteen and you reflect on what you thought then about late aged twenty-somethings and you realize that you are now that older person and you have nothing to show for it especially if you've been a stay-at-home-mom for all that time.
I'm 29, I have three kids aged five, six, and seven, I've been married for almost ten years, and the last time I had a real full-time job I was fresh out of college and barely twenty. Besides my one month stint at a fabric store and another month pulling staples out of checks and foreclosures at a mortgage company I haven't been paid to work for ten years. This creates a real predicament if I decide to get a job once my kids are all in school in one month.
I may have to rename this blog, "Fresh Confessions of a Screwed Up Texan at the Taco Bell."
Because Walmart won't hire me...I've already tried that at least thrice.
Things I wish I would have known when I was twenty about turning thirty:
- You will still get zits.
- You will grow chin and neck hair (which proves hairy men are more feminine) as well as a front butt.
- Older people look young and young people look even younger.
- You will color your hair in one last attempt to feel youthful and also because you've got lots of gray.
- You won't care so much about what people think.
- Energy will need to be supplemented by either a healthful lifestyle or caffeine. You pick.
- You realize that maybe you should have finished that one last semester of college. Selling stuff on eBay sounds easier than getting a job.
- You wonder why you ever thought it would be a good idea to go into debt.
- Vacation to you is an empty house with only you in it.
- Living off $30,000 a year with five kids and a mortgage isn't so hard anymore. Wait, I only have three kids.
So, if you are in your thirties, just left the decade, or are about to enter the magical decade soon, what all have you learned about being thirty?
And if you are still young, what do you look forward to the most about being thirty?
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