This is the last blog post I will ever write in my 20’s! I am officially turning 30 tomorrow. It’s such a huge milestone birthday but one that seems to get a lot of bad press. Should people want to stay in their 20’s forever? I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my 20’s. I have no regrets and I can confidently say I lived my 20’s to the full. I travelled the world. I built a business. I became a Londoner. But I also spent my 20’s working out who I am, making mistakes and and deciding what I want from life. So whilst the prospect of leaving this amazing decade of my life behind seems a little sad and scary, I am excited to move into the next era!
So on the eve of my birthday, I thought I would share a few life-learnings that I will be taking into my 30th year of life,
- I’ve learnt to be kinder to myself and to stop comparing myself to others. ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’ is one of my favourite quotes by Theodore Roosevelt
- I care so much less about what people think of me than I used to. I feel like I know who I am and if people don’t like that then it’s not a problem.
- I’ve overcome a life-shattering trauma that shook me to my core, and I've come through the other end of it. I am forever-changed as a result of this trauma but I have evolved to be a stronger and more compassionate person. I have so much more depth now than I ever did before.
- I am so much more in tune with my body and I know what it needs in order to feel good. I can see a photo of a supermodel and not agonise over the fact that I don’t have the perfect body. My body is strong and fit and healthy and that is more than enough.
- I believe that everyone is living life according to their own personal time frames. Nothing happens too late or too early. Forget what society suggests. Your own timeline will be totally different to your Mothers, your brothers or your best friends. And that’s totally OK.
- Life is fragile and can be taken away from you at a moments notice. I appreciate my health and my able body more than ever before.
I'll be spending my 30th birthday with my partner Scott and my son Theo and hopefully will be seeing my parents for a socially-distanced meet up. The UK is currently still under lockdown so it won't be the 30th I expected but it will definitely be one to remember.
Are you or someone close to you also celebrating a birthday soon? Read my post 9 Fun Ways to Celebrate a Birthday at Home during Lockdown
What do you think about my life-learnings? Do you have any advice for me as I reach my milestone birthday? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Jess x