I’m a 1982 baby. I have lots of friends who are 1982 babies. And we’re all turning 30 this year.
My thirtieth birthday is in November, and when I was asked, “How do you feel about turning 30?”, I could very honestly answer that I was excited.
I’m looking forward to a new decade. The things I experienced in my twenties included college, turning 21, graduating college, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, meeting my husband, getting engaged, planning a wedding, buying a house, and having two babies. It was a big decade.
But somehow it feels weird to still be “sharing” a decade with my 21-year-old self. I’m excited about 30. I’m excited about it because I feel prepared. It’s a good mix of optimism and preparedness. I’m not necessarily the picture of health. But we know so much more these days about the environment and about what we eat. We know the things we can do for ourselves to live longer, healthier lives.
I want to pass these habits onto my children. I want to be a good example. I want to be a healthy mom. When my own mother was diagnosed with melanoma in 2010, I vowed to be even more careful than ever about my time in the sun. I’ve seen the effects it has had on her, and I am determined to protect myself and my children from that kind of hardship.
We have so much information, and we’re about to do things with that information to age well. We can be active. I think 60 is the new 30! Turning 30 is just going to be another day on the calendar, but I feel like I can enter this next decade with hope. I can plan to travel. And play with my children. And create memories and fulfill dreams.
So how do you feel about getting old? I’m optimistic. I’ve learned a lot in my (almost) 30 years. I’ve changed; I’m a different person than I was just 10 years ago. Time helps us and changes us.
I visited GetOld.com and registered on the website so I could read the stories and testimonies of others. Pfizer’s campaign is dedicated to helping people of all ages come together to share their feelings and tips about growing older in a positive, fulfilling way.
Everyone has a different thought that stands out in their mind as they get older. Many people think about their own health. Some think about their kids’ health or their parents’ health. Some think about the legacy they have left on their children.
I imagine there is a good mix of people who feel optimistic and hopeful and then the people who feel regret and worry. For some, getting old means a new day. And for others, getting old means there are only so many days left. But the truth is, getting older means we have another day — hopefully many, many days. But each day is a day where we can live and make the most out of that time we’ve been given.
I’m not old. I’m a long way from it, but I’m ready to take on each new year with a great attitude and a commitment to health. And most of all, a commitment to making memories and enjoying the ride with my family. Share a comment about how the aging process makes you feel, and you will be entered for a chance to win one of three $500 SpaFinder gift cards, courtesy of BlogHer and Pfizer! Entries will be pooled across participating blogs and three winners will be chosen
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