Pursuing Happiness | On 32

"birthday selfies"

As of today, that's my age.  32.  If you'd asked me ten, or even five, years ago whether I'd willingly proclaim that across the Internet, I probably would've laughed in your face.  Like I'd seriously admit to being 32 ...

And yet, I really don't mind it much.  I don't mind it at all, actually.  I was super freaked out about turning 30 for a long time leading up to it until I decided to just suck it up and dealLots of people love being in their 30s so it can't be that bad, I told myself.  And you know what, I was right.  It's not that bad.  Not bad at all, actually.  I don't feel 32.  Whatever 32 is supposed to feel like.  And I don't think I look 32.  Whatever 32 is supposed to look like.  So then what does it matter, really?  If it's my age, then it's my age.  What of it?

Somehow the 30s have brought with them a confidence I didn't know I was capable of.  Not an ego, necessarily.  More of a self-assurance.  I kinda like me.  I like me a lot, actually.  And most of the things I saw as wrong with me or in need of fixing aren't all that bad, actually.  While the things that truly do need to change are changed willingly and lovingly.  Somewhere in the midst of that changing and accepting, I gained a little perspective on a few other things, too.

One | If the moment makes you feel like dancing, you should just go ahead an dance.  It's for the best.

Two | Pimples do not end with your 20s.  As I type this, I have three nuggets of evil taking up residence on my face right now.

Three | You're only "too busy" for something because you want to be.

Four | "I don't know" is totally okay to say.  Just in case you were wondering.

Five | You probably deserve a lot more credit than you give yourself.

Six | No one is born patient.  Just ask any two-year old.  But it's like any other skill - the more you practice it, the better you'll get.

Seven | That whole "metabolism slowing down" thing is legit.  Proceed with caution.

Eight | Success all depends on where you're standing.

Nine | Good health really is everything.

Ten | Your career does not define you.

Eleven | But if you have the chance to spend it doing something you love, take it.

Twelve | When in doubt, ask yourself, "What's the worst that could happen?" and answer honestly.  Once you name the fear, you can smack it in the face.

Thirteen | If you just try to do the best you can with what you have, you might surprise yourself.

Some of these things still take daily reminding, but we're all a work in progress, right?





  1. "Once you name the fear, you can smack it in the face." SUCH good advice. Thanks for sharing!

  2. happy birthday!! man so many good lessons in there. i needed that today... thanks for sharing :)

  3. Happy Birthday! I turn 30 in a few short years and I'm terribly anxious about it so I'll be glad when it's over and done with and becomes no big deal haha

  4. Happy birthday! I just read your entry from your 30th birthday and it brought me a smile. I'm 28 now and much like you were before your 30th, I'm freaking out. I don't want to leave my 20's because it's an inevitable acceptance of getting older. But reading both these entries and seeing how much peace, acceptance, and strength has come from you between 30-32 is inspiring. Maybe 30 isn't so bad after all :) Here's hoping for another year of adventure, laughter and fun for you!

  5. Happy Happy Birthday! And I totally love this post. Your 13 perspectives are definitely great reminders.

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. You're making me look forward to 32 :)

  7. This list is just...the best! Is it good that I'm in my late 20s and I already feel like I have learned these? I'm working on loosing my inhibitions a bit more (ahem...dancing), but this is the best. Cheers to 32! (And happy birthday!)


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