I’m not expecting to wake up on August 8th and suddenly feel different because the first digit in my age has changed, but crossing the 30 barrier seems significant to me.
Most of the things that are “impressive” for someone “in their 20’s” are just expected for someone “in their 30’s”.
Kids, a mortgage, a savings account… nobody’s impressed when someone in their 30’s has those ducks in a row.
So I’m not quite freaking out, but this birthday has my attention.
How on earth am I 30 years old?
I swear I still feel like I could be in high school.
I hear John Mayer sing about “a quarter-life crisis”, and suddenly realize that the quarter-life crisis ship sailed FIVE YEARS AGO!
So turning 30 has me doing some reflecting, and also noticing things that I never used to think much about.
These days, when I go for a run and my knees bother me, I think,
“I have to keep these things working well for like 25 more years if I want to play sports with my kids when they’re in college… even LONGER if I want to play with my grandkids!
That’s like longer than I’ve been alive so far!
WAIT. NO, IT ISN’T! AHHHHH!”
(Don’t judge me… I have 2 toddlers and a pregnant wife)
Back to my rant:
It’s interesting to me that most of the folks in the Bible who did cool stuff didn’t do it until their 30’s.
The Bible basically says nothing about Jesus between ages 12 and 30.
David was anointed king as a kid, but he didn’t actually start ruling until around 30.
John the baptizer…
You get the idea.
So hey: maybe some of my best days are ahead of me.
That’s the advice I got last week.
As a ‘turning 30’ birthday gift, Steph very thoughtfully arranged for me to have lunch with someone well on the other side of 30 who I respect quite a bit, and I asked him:
“If you could go back and talk to yourself on your 30th birthday, what would you say?”
He said he would tell himself 3 things:
1 – Your best years are around the corner. The fourth decade is significantly better than any of the previous 3.
2 – Don’t waste the present worrying about the future. To the extent that it’s possible: Do your best to be fully present now.
3 – Don’t forget that you’re going to give an account to God for what He has entrusted to you.
So that’s encouraging as I look into the future.
I’m putting all this into a half-brained blog post because I want to hear what you think:
Whether you are 21 or 71 – what would be your advice to yourself going into your 30th birthday?
Leave a comment and let’s learn from each other!