It is typically a theme for a thirtieth birthday party, marked by drinking games and typically well-behaved adults saying “good-bye” to their sobriety–at least for the night. However, that is not what I am talking about here. I am actually referring to…a new attitude.
What attitude, you ask? An attitude that I seem to have developed since turning thirty, a little over a year ago. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy adult beverages, because who the hell doesn’t, but rather I am referring to my newfound “thirst” for life.
Since turning thirty, some things have changed for me. Somehow, all of a sudden, I feel like I actually know what I am doing. Somehow, I have now found the confidence to believe that I know what it takes to get what and where I want.
There is a re-engergizing that takes place when one turns thirty. Maybe its the fact that in our twenties, we seem to care so much about what the general public thinks of us. We are “thirsty” for attention. At least for me, when I turned thirty, I realized that, for the most part, the general public isn’t thinking about me at all.
In our thirties, our focus changes from external to internal, at least in my case. This led me to the decision that, now, I only need and want to associate with people who inspire me. People who challenge me to be better, and do better, are also those that I want to be around.
Turning thirty reminds you that life is happening at a rapid pace and therefor, your time here with this life is very valuable. For me, it has made me yearn for only growth–because the older I get, the more important it has become to me to work towards my goals and my destiny.
So, at thirty-one years of age, here is what I am “thirsty” for:
— I am thirsty for adventure.
— I am thirsty for stability.
— I am thirsty for meaningful conversation.
–I am thirsty for relationships that matter.
–I am thirsty for genuine connections.
–I am thirsty for family fun.
–I am thirsty for self-improvement.
–I am thirsty for knowledge.
–I am thirsty for self-acceptance.
–I am thirsty to be a better parent and a better wife.
–I am thirsty for the ability to make changes to my life, so that it is more in accordance with my wants, desires and values.
— And, ultimately, I am thirsty to be grateful for the life and blessings I already have.
You don’t have to wait until your thirties to decide what you are thirsty for. If you have surpassed your thirties already and don’t have it figured out yet, there is no better time than now.
“We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously, who we were born to be.” — Anne Lamott