31 Thoughts as I Turn 31

“To me, growing old is great. It’s the very best thing- considering the alternative.”
– Michael Caine

Just a couple of days ago it was my 31st birthday. Yikes, I said it. 31.

I remember being at school and University like it was yesterday; the memories still so vivid. So now to be fully in my thirties makes me feel like I am officially old.

I really liked my twenties. I mean, really liked my twenties. So many good and positive things happened, like getting a degree, getting married, buying a house, having my two babies, and doing some amazing travelling. And I have found it hard to let go if I’m honest. I know that probably sounds quite ridiculous. It is just a number right?

But so far, being 30 has pretty much sucked. My health problems have not been getting easier, as well as just general drama with life and family. But I am determined to make this year the best one of my thirties yet. I know I can still be positive, despite what is going on around me. Count your blessings and all of that.

Here are just a few of the thoughts I have had as I reflect on life, now I’m the ripe old age of 31.

1.I wake up naturally on a Saturday morning before 8am. You know, just because.

2. The parties I go to now are usually at lunch time and usually involve a ball pit.

3. I have no idea what has been number one in the charts for the past few years.

4. The hunks in the films that I watched as a teen are now playing dads to teens in movies.

5. I can still tell you all of the words to the Pokemon rap that Ant and Dec used to do on SMTV live. Remember that show?

6. Forgiveness is hard. Like, really hard.

7. Life is too short to not be honest with people. Tell it like it is.

8. Life is too short; buy the shoes.

9. I was seven when the Spice Girls released Wannabe. SEVEN!

 

10. On a similar note, The Miseducation of Lauren Hill was released twenty years ago and I remember buying and listening to it. 😱

11. If it doesn’t make me a better person, make me money, or make me smile, then there is no need for it.

12. The person who invented the multiple account tool on Netflix needs a medal.

13. Over pluck your eyebrows when you’re younger and you’ll pay for it later.

14. There is nothing more important than family.

15. Laughter can solve a lot of problems.

16. Ageing is a privilege denied to many.

17. It’s ok not to be ok.

18. You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.

19. Hormones can be such a pain when they’re not all playing ball.

 

20. I still feel like a teenager. What do you mean there will be no more Pitch Perfect films?! 😭

21. Buy experiences like travel, rather than ‘things’.

22. Life can be a bit like a popularity test. But you don’t have to enter it.

23. Sisters make the best friends.

24. Wing it: eyeliner, life, parenting. Everything.

25. Cryptocurrency is where it is at.

26. There’s a special place in hell for people that eat crisps on the train.

27. If you get the chance to get your teeth fixed, take it.

28. Making friends when you’re not in school or University is tough. But a must.

29. You remember the three types of people in your life: the ones that helped you when you needed them, the ones that left you when you needed them, and the ones who are the reason you need help.

30. For me, it really is the though that counts.

31. Common sense isn’t all that common.

 

What are some things you have learned along the way, on this journey called life? Can you relate to any of the things here? It would be great to hear what you think!

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9 Comments

  1. 16th April 2018 / 8:42 am

    I’ve recently turned 41, and you know what? The 30s were definitely the best decade of my life so far. By then you know what you like/want/need and you aren’t afraid to get it. Enjoy this age. 😉
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  2. 16th April 2018 / 6:13 pm

    Ha it really been 25 years since the Spice Girls?? Now that you are past 30,you’re going to notice that the days are going to go MUCH faster!!

  3. 16th April 2018 / 6:16 pm

    Ha parties at lunch time – sounds about right! I never worried about my age and I am 46 now with an 8. Year old child who I can’t keep up with.

  4. 16th April 2018 / 7:48 pm

    Haha – I’m only 28 and I’m usually up at 8am every day, can’t imagine what I’ll be like at 31! I always feel old when I realise how long The Spice Girls have been going.

  5. 22nd April 2018 / 5:11 pm

    I’m going to be 31 in a few months too, and can relate to so many of these things!! I have no idea what’s in the charts, as choose to listen to “my” music on Spotify instead (that means 90s Britpop mostly haha!) x

  6. 22nd April 2018 / 8:41 pm

    I’m only 24 but will definitely keep your 30 points in my mind, I love them!! Enjoy your thirties babe!

  7. 25th April 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Love this post – particularly no16. You’re right, ageing is a privilege that many, many people do not get to experience. We are very lucky. x

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