Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Final Countdown

I've been getting pep talks all week about how awesome it's going to be to turn 30.

One of the best came from an old friend who is now closer to 40 than 30 but he managed to sum up what I've been feeling the last few days as that birthday inches ever closer.

about the 30s... best years of my life. there is this feeling of
accumulation (not in the material sense), which i suppose is better termed
"maturity". the basis of experience grows and grows and it is just
awesome. it's funny, cause ever since t and i "adopted" our niece,
we've been pushing her to do new things, try new things, etc (you know the
drill). she's always like, "why?" and seriously the best response we can
ever come up with (besides the old 'get a body and gain experinece') is
"it will make you more interesting". well, it's hilarious now because it
seems like everyday she comes home from school and it's either "i met someone
from canada" or "i met someone from china" or "i met someone from california"
(all places that she has lived). and i'm just like, "yes!" because it's
stretching her out (is this making any sense at all?!?!?). summary -- if
you find joy in life in other people (which you obviously do), then experience
is the ultimate way to broaden yourself and your circle. we met this
couple here that seemed nice but then it was like "you've been there? us
too. you lived where? you went there for school?" and you know how
the story goes. maybe it's shallow, but i love that. i love having
some kind of bridge with a person and the older i get the completely easier that
becomes. sometimes i feel like given 3 minutes and a few questions i can
hang with anyone. maybe they are just my "we talk music" friend or "we
talk baseball" friend or (like at church now) "this guy is a firefighter and
that's a dream i never got over" friend, but it's something and it always has
the capacity to go deeper. what's my point? as long as we live clean
and open, life just gets better. i dig it.

I tried and tried to say it better myself but I couldn't.


aporitic said...

Oh well, I tried.

Geno said...

that guy sounds like a bleeding genius! you are just lucky 30 is the new 20 cause i'm pretty sure 40 is still the same old 40. oh well.

Laura said...

oh boy i turn 30 soon too. i'm pretty ready, pretty over my 20s anyway. by the time it finally comes i think it'll be no big deal! at least, i can keep saying that.