So I turned the grand old age of 30 yesterday. I never really thought too much about how I would feel when I got to my thirties – apart from sheer terror when I was in my teens and mild amusement in my twenties. I definitely thought I would feel a hell of a lot more grown up then I feel. Though I am getting there. One of the things I’ve learned is that everyone else feels the same. No one feels like a grown up. So I’m just going to go with it.
I’m happily married to a lovely man, I just started a great job, I have a house, nice car and cats, as well as family and close friends. I consider myself lucky. I consider myself happy and I consider myself content. For the first time I feel content.
So as well as having a lovely time in my real life, I figured I needed to mark this occasion on my blog in true blogger style.
So here’s 30 things I learned in 30 years. It’s a mix of funny and serious but it’s all true. Enjoy.
- Everyone is stumbling along in their own way – no one completely has their shit together.
- Don’t cut your own fringe…especially when you’re sad.
- I like things better when they are planned. That’s just me.
- You do you – everyone is focusing on what they’re doing too much to care about what you do.
- Just buy the expensive wok so you don’t have to keep buying cheap ones when they immediately get scratched.
- Never follow a man in a kilt – running joke between Topher and I when we were on our way to a Disney Halloween party and we got on the wrong monorail because we assumed the man in a kilt in front of us was dressed up for Halloween. He wasn’t.
- You don’t need to be 10 stone to be happy. Find your own happy weight and screw statistics.
- Heels are not for me no matter how many pairs of “training heels I buy”.
- Don’t move to a new town without visiting it more than once.
- Listen to your parents more – you don’t know shit.
- 2 and a half hour commutes are bad for your health.
- You should really remove your makeup after a night out. I’m talking to you nineteen year old me.
- Double check bus times on the way to the airport.
- Don’t take a bus to the airport. Especially in a foreign country. Especially when you’re running late. Let me tell you about the time Topher and I missed a flight home…
- Pets make a home feel like home
- Google knows all. All my adult stuff I know is because of Google.
- Car tyres are expensive. Especially when you keep managing to drive over nails.
- Brown tape fixes a lot of things around the home.
- Accept help when it’s offered. Things will be so much easier if you do.
- You can’t fit an IKEA flat pack king size bed inside a Renault Clio – Optimism can only take you so far.
- Don’t go outside in Edinburgh in November only wearing a toga.
- Vegetables are actually pretty tasty when you cook them right
- You’re never too old to love Disney
- It’s so satisfying to have your own tool kit and be able to fix things yourself – with the odd Facetime call to your dad here and there.
- I can drive abroad. I can drive a 4×4. I can drive a mini bus and I can even drive the biggest van you can drive on a regular licence.
- Not everyone is going to like what you like. And that’s kind of the point isn’t it?
- The people who stick around through the good and bad are the best kind of people.
- If you have a polystyrene fight with a person with curly hair, you will win.
- Never do the food shop when you’re hungry.
- When I’m handed a kitten, I can’t say no to taking it home. – I actually was going to get 2 of Pickles’ siblings but the woman had already given them away when I arrived. He was the last one left and I was determined to have two kittens. But as soon as he was handed to me I took him home vowing to find him a friend from another litter.
Cheers to being 30!