Today is my birthday. My 6th 29th birthday to be exact. Who was it that said…
"Don’t trust anyone over 30"?
That always cracked me up, even when I was in my 20s. Don’t younger people realize they WILL be 30 one day. I mean, if they are lucky enough to live that long.
I think being in my 30s is AWESOME! Some may hold on to their youth but I’m a completely different person then my younger self…
That’s me on my 25th birthday in 2001 (I could not find one birthday photo of myself from 2000, I was at my heaviest then and not really into getting photographed) and me last night showing off a new dress I bought at the beach for facebook.
Besides the weight differences I see two completely different people in those pictures. My mid 20s were filled with self-doubt, insecurities, low self esteem, and self pity. I was preoccupied with trying to lower the number on the scale but not really willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes to sustain a weight loss. I took extreme unhealthy measures to try to lose weight. I wore nothing but oversized t-shirts and mens jeans to hide my body. I didn’t really DO anything except watch TV, go to the movies and eat out. Frankly, I was miserable.
My life is completely different now most notably in the DOing department. Now I DO things all the time. I run. I play. I dance. I take walks. I dabble in photography. I blog. I even fly kites. ;) I live an active lifestyle that maintains my weight and I try real hard to disconnect myself from some stupid number on some stupid scale. I’m all about living consciously and balanced. I may still have a smidgen of self-doubt but with every passing year is gets smaller and smaller. I am happy. Actually….. I’m happier then happy. I am content with who I am. <--- wow.. it took me a long time to get there.
I let my 20s fly right by me wasting too much time feeling sorry for myself. I refuse to do the same in my 30s. I’m four years in and taking life by the horns. Who’s with me?