30 Ways to Celebrate Turning 30
November is a special time of year. On the 21st of this month I celebrate my birthday!
Now ordinarily, this is a cause for celebration. But this year, I turn a major milestone: 30. On November 21st this travel blogger and adventurer starts a new chapter in his life. And to be honest, I’m not looking forward to it.
Why I’m Not Looking Forward to Turning 30
To me, turning 30 is the very (very) beginning of the end. Your 20′s are supposed to be fun, carefree, irresponsible and generally the time when you can make mistakes, try again and figure out what direction you want to head towards in life.
Age is just a number, right? But it’s a different number. I can no longer start my age with a “2″, but now must use a “3″. It’s different. Now I’m sure many of you older readers are asking yourselves “what are you complaining about Ben”? And to that, I have no great response. Turning 30 just brings on this dreaded feeling that I can’t make mistakes anymore. I can’t be carefree. I can’t make impulse decisions. I can’t be frivolous. I need to batten down the hatches and become more serious.
I truly don’t know where all this is coming from. I sometimes think it stems from when I was a much younger child. I vividly recall my much older cousins turning 30, and thinking how “old” they were at that time. And now I’m there. I know it’s all nonsense, but there’s still a part of me that wishes I was turning 21.
Sometimes I feel like when you turn 30, you should be shifting focus in your life. You should be…
- Building your career
- Focusing on family
- Solidifying long-term financial goals
- Going to bed earlier
- Not making potty jokes anymore
- Eating better food
- Wearing less-fashionable clothes
- Dreading turning 40
- On the path that you will take the rest of your life (ugh)
- And the list goes on.
My 20′s were fun. And that’s probably the other reason. I had fun in my 20′s. None of the above sounds like fun. I don’t know what my 30′s have in store for me. It’s the fear of the unknown. Which is why I need your help.
Why I Need Your Help
I’ve written over 500 posts on this blog – all with the intention of changing people’s attitude; To encourage you to discover the world and your neighborhood. But now I need some encouragement.
I want my 30′s to be fun. I want to change my attitude (and others) and show that turning 30 isn’t bad news – but something that should be celebrated. So I’m embarking on what will become a year-long project.
30 ways to celebrate turning 30
I’ve created a special page on this travel blog: 30 ways to celebrate turning 30. And on this page I’m compiling a list of the best ways to celebrate this new milestone. Click on over and give it a visit. Throughout the year, I”ll be embarking on each of those celebration moments and documenting them here on this blog.
At the bottom you’ll see I’m asking you for input. I’d like to know from you how should I celebrate turning 30? Send me your thoughts and I’ll add it to the list. And if you’ve celebrated it before and have a story to share, I’ll include the link to that story too!
Thank you for indulging me on this blog and letting me share a bit of something personal, perhaps somewhat trivial but hopefully, something we’ll all enjoy together.
What words of advice do you have to turning 30? Share by commenting. And please don’t forget to visit my 30 Ways to Celebrate Turning 30 Page and share your ideas on how I should mark this special occasion!
I’ll see you out there…!