this year, i and a number of my closest friends will turn 30.
while some of my dear friends feel that it is a sincere privilege to age,
others are treating it as a deadline of sorts.
when i asked my cousin, jaimee about how she felt when she turned 30 last year,
i inquired whether or not she felt a certain pressure to get her life in order,
or if she felt just the same. she answered that she didn't know how she
should feel, and i have to say, i agree with her.
30 looks alot different these days than it did years ago.
when my mom was 30, she had already been married five years,
had three kids & a house. most of my friends don't own anything more than
a car. they still rent or live at home with their parents, so they can save.
a few of them have children- but some see babies on the horizon without
even the steadiness of a relationship to make it happen any time soon.
some have fulfilling careers, others are still in school, and some have ditched
their jobs and switched to something completely different.
while i am trying to shake the stigma of getting older (did you see tyra banks nick- named one of her models 30never on ANTM?) and the expectations that go along
with it--people like my friend, karin, are taking 30 by the horns
and making something fun out of it.
in honor of her 30th birthday, karin started a blogwith a list of thirty things
(simple and outlandish) that she would like to do this year. we met in college and
she was the editor of our college newspaper, the wheaton wire! as you might imagine,
her writing is accessible & honest- and really funny. she is a unique individual,
with a terrific writing voice- i just had to share her with you.
here is a small passage by karin to get you better acquainted:
i've always wanted to write a
blog. i should have written one while i was living in germany. but it seemed a
bit "been there, done that." and after so many years i didn't have anything new
to contribute ... or a reason for the blog. i wanted one that was more
structured with a purpose of sorts. a goal- but also flexible enough that i could write about my life. so it seemed like fate that i would be turning 30
and moving back to the united states after seven years in germany. perfect
combination of re- entering the american life and giving the blog a direction
with an end goal.
it's a bucket list of sorts;
some of the things i had planned to do this year; some are things i always
wanted to do, and some i came up with two days before the end of last year. the
order is pretty arbitrary. right now i am looking forward to riding the
cannonball at canobie lake park (no. 9). as child i was terrified of roller coasters, but now i love them. i'm probably most scared of ice skating (no.4) again. it's just so hard for me. i am
paralyzed by fear. maybe it's because i sometimes have no sense of balance or
my weak ankles, but i am absolutely terrified to skate or move once i have the
skates on. i just stand there; gripping the side of the rink.i won't even join
the congo line. but it's on the list, so it will get done. like everything
else. it's part of becoming a grown-up. i'll be thinking that when i stuff 30
one dollar bills down a male stripper's thong (no. 8).