About 3 weeks ago, I turned 30.
I don’t know how most people remember their 30th birthday but for me, it will always be remembered as one of the most content and happiest days in my life. It was the calmest and happiest I’ve ever felt.
I woke up at 7 am feeling so excited. I had a job interview in 2 hours. It was the 2nd interview, so it was slightly nerve-wracking. Job interviews are like dates really; you should go there with zero expectations, try to come across as authentic as possible, be as honest as possible, and at the same time try to convince the other person that you’re absolutely wonderful and worth to give a shot.
I don’t get nervous on first dates – not on first job interviews. It’s the second ones I find nerve-wracking. Because if you get rejected, it means that you just screwed up somewhere. Or someone else was better than you.
I put on my black interview dress and heels, grabbed a cappuccino from my local Social Pantry and headed into the city.
‘Whatever happens, it’s my birthday and it’s a beautiful sunny day’ I told myself.
The interview went really well, and I was offered the job right there and then!
By lunchtime, I had an actual offer in my hands.
I landed a great job. On my birthday. I couldn’t believe it!
They say Thirty is an attitude. It says you know what you’re doing and you’ve got what it takes where you’re going.
I feel a totally different person now to the person I was just 2-3 years ago, and even more different to the person I was in my early twenties, and I think it’s for the better.
It’s what you want to make it to be.
For me, it was more about finding wholeness, stability, and balance. As cliché as it sounds.
It’s a feeling I’ve worked very hard on. Especially since the start of the summer; re-designing my lifestyle, decluttering my headspace, wardrobe, and relationships.
I’ve filled my time with friends and family; with scattered travel and last-minute holidays, getting involved with the things I’m passionate about, #100HappyDays challenge to find more about the little things that make me happy,
“ Happiness is not an achievement. It is a state-of-being and an active choice. You’re not always going to feel it and that’s okay too.”
The twenties were about growth and self-discovery. Some discoveries made me proud, others, not so much. But it is with this knowledge that I hope to be in my 30’s everything I wasn’t yet prepared to be in my 20’s.
Bring it on, 30!