I've been looking forward to this day for a couple of reasons.
First, for years I've been told I don't look old enough to be a high school teacher, much less to have been teaching as long as I have been. "You're so young," has been a popular statement among my co-workers, friends, and even complete strangers. Those statements began tapering off with pregnancy and mommy-hood, but now I'm 30. Yes, that's young when you consider the big picture, but no longer am I fresh out of college, new to my job, new to marriage. As one of my students said the other day, "anyone over 25 is really old." Yes! I'm old! (But not out of touch, hopefully.)
Second, I have full expectations that my 30s are going to be better than my 20s. My 20s haven't been bad; on the contrary, there has been a lot of really incredible stuff. Graduating college, getting a job, becoming a better teacher, finding my man, marrying him, being best friends with my sister as we both are grown up, having my first baby.
But they've also been hard. Marriage is really hard, did you know? Mommy-hood and parenthood is really hard, too. Both of our families have gone through a lot in the last few years, and it's been a challenge at times.
But I hope in the One who gave me this life, and I know that as I continue to grow, my 30s are going to reflect that and (hopefully) Him. Which means that although I am sure there will still be
Today hasn't been a particularly great day, so far. We're in one of those difficult seasons. But I choose to look forward to this next decade with anticipation, with joy, with delight in the things to come.
Oh, and as for my 30 before 30 list, well, I'm amending that to a "30 before 31" list, okay? It's my birthday, I can do what I want. :)