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Friday, 24 July 2015

The big three oh


I say this every year, but 2015 is passing by at a scarily fast speed- seriously how is it JULY already?! I'm not sure whether it's because I've been so busy or because I'm trying to tick everything off my 'before I turn 30' bucket list. Yep, in just 6 short months I will be leaving my twenties and celebrating my 30th birthday. It seems like only a couple of years ago that I was turning 21, with a long stretch of twenty something birthdays ahead of me. Somehow, the weeks have turned into months, the months into years and all of a sudden I am a proper grown up and freaking out loads a little bit! Now don't get me wrong, I know that 30 is not old by any stretch of the imagination, I think what is scaring me the most is that I thought I would be in a different stage of my life when the big 3-0 hit me. 


I recently read an article which talked about the average age that people in the UK hit certain milestones, from their first kiss right through to retirement. According to this article, I should have passed my driving test at 20 (I didn't even start learning until 23, and passed 18 months later), got engaged at 25, walked down the aisle at 27 and I should have had a baby aged 28. It's safe to say that apart from passing my driving test (albeit 4 years late) I have not hit any of these milestones.  Yes, I'm 29 years old and still living in my childhood home with my parents, and marriage and babies seem a LONG way off. I did feel a bit sorry for myself immediately after reading the article, but soon realised that just because I don't own a house, have a ring on my finger and have a family of my own I am not a failure. When I look back on the past 9 years since I entered my twenties I have had an amazing time, and wouldn't change a single thing. I have graduated from University, had some amazing jobs, travelled the world and fallen in (and out) of love. I am proud to say that I have maintained friendships, and also made new ones along the way. I have a job that I love, an amazing social life and lots to be thankful for. The most valuable lesson I have learnt as an adult is to do what makes you happy, whatever the consequence. Whether that means ending a relationship, changing jobs, or even something as simple as making more time for yourself, you need to follow your heart. We have all been in situations where we have done something we didn't want to do just to please other people, or stayed in a job longer than our heart desired. I am not suggesting we all become selfish human beings, but just take a minute to decide what you want from your life, and who and what you want in it, and follow that path. 

So, in 6 months time I may not own a house, be a Mrs, or have a mini Beth on the way (never say never though!) but as long as I am still leading a healthy, happy and contented life filled with family, friends and love, I will be blowing out those 30 candles with a huge smile on my face.

Are you soon to or have you recently hit a milestone birthday? What valuable lessons/ advice would you tell your younger self? 

Love, Beth xxx  
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6 comments

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVELY!
    Who cares that you have to achieve things by certain times, everyone does it their way!
    Have a great day!
    Amy | Blonde Amy x

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    1. Thanks gorgeous, I have 6 month's to go yet before I hit the big 3-0 though!!! Thanks for your comment xxx

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  2. I freaked out when I hit 30, but it made me take stock and decide to start living the life I really wanted to, and now I realise that my 20's were really quite boring - my 30's are definitely much better and nothing to be afraid of! xx

    Laura | Loved By Laura

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    1. Thank you for your comment Laura, that's very reassuring!!! I've loved my 20's and am starting to come round to the idea of being 30...slowly but surely! x

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  3. As I hit 29, I was bloody terrified of 30, in fact, I spent my 29th getting so, so drunk and crying! As I came to terms with not having my own house, having a second hand car and a pretty crappy job, I met someone ... I'm now 31, I live with my boyfriend and pay for half a mortgage ... I had no idea any of that would happen as I sat crying that night, was it worth wasting a great night out? Not at all!

    Enjoy your birthday when it happens, you don't know what's to come and sod all the people who believe in unrealistic milestones x

    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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    1. Hi Holly,

      Thanks so much for your comment. So glad to hear that it's all going so well for you! I do think we put so much pressure on ourselves to achieve certain things by certain times, and you're right, they are often unrealistic milestones.

      I have 3 months left in my 20's and I am determined to make each moment count!!

      xxx

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