Although I was not excitedly looking forward to turning 30 years old, I did have a countdown for my final thirty days. I wanted to make the most of it, before the turning of another decade. I guess I wasn’t thrilled because there are changes in a woman’s life that begin around 30 years old and I was not quite sure if I was ready to face that, yet.
However, I remembered a quote I once read that life is just beginning at 30. So I sat and thought about all that I have accomplished in my life so far and all that I still look forward to. I was able to re-evaluate my life as it is and set short-term and long-term goals for myself.
My life may not have taken the path I imagined as a little girl or teenager. Some things happened a bit backwards. But each experience has shaped me into the woman I am now. My husband and children have added unconditional love and purpose into my life. And even in the midst of loss I learned to hope, trusting God’s plan for me.
So while some sit and ponder what is one thing they could change about their lives, I have nothing I would want to change. Yes, I’ve made choices that I have not been proud of, but they have allowed me to learn and grow. I can proudly say, I am not perfect. I am constantly learning to embrace my weaknesses and flaws along with my strengths. As this milestone birthday marks a turning of age, I also embrace the idea, as my loving niece reminded me, that I’m not getting older, only wiser.
Here’s to life, and all its changes, this new year of mine and for as long as God allows.