“By the time I’m 30, I’ll be married with three kids, two boys and a girl. I’ll own my own home somewhere near the ocean and travel often with my family. I’ll be well-established in my career field with the freedom to raise my kids while continuing to work part-time on my own terms.”
Did you have a list like this?
I’ve always lived my life anticipating what’s next, always ready to take the next step. I was always proud to have a lot on my plate as I pushed myself to get ahead and reach so many milestones by age 30.
Now, as I actually approach 30, I guess I should feel accomplished because I checked off so many items on my “before I’m 30” list. But really, now I’m just wondering where the years went.
At 30, I feel like I’m exactly where I hoped I’d be when I began striving and pushing myself so long ago. But what I didn’t expect was that my health might suffer from my inability to relax.
So now here I sit, dealing with the effects of exhaustion from all my striving. And 30 is staring me in the face.
After postpartum complications knocked me off my feet and gave me a wake-up call this year, I’m not dreading this birthday anymore. I’m glad to still be here to celebrate one more year with the people I love. I want to enjoy each moment because I know tomorrow isn’t promised.
Live This Life Right Now
As I begin my thirties, I just want to fully live this life right now. I don’t want to worry about tomorrow; I want to cherish today.
So, I’m shifting my focus from what’s next to what’s now. I want my thirties to be about enjoying the little everyday moments with my family and being grateful to God that I’m able to experience them.
I hope you’ll join me in forgetting goals and just focusing on living your life right now as you are.
Turn off the autopilot. Be present. Listen. Take it all in. Be still. Unplug. Play. Be silly. Don’t worry about whether you look silly. Open your heart. Don’t hold back.
Rediscover what matters.