Thoughts on Turning Thirty

Turning thirty!

Thoughts on Turning Thirty

Words have always come easy to me, so much so that I have used writing as a therapy for years. But, throughout the past few weeks, each time I have sat at my computer, I have been at a complete and total loss of words. In fact, last week, my computer made it all the way to England and Ireland, and yet I did not open it to write. Not once. Now, I sit here again, 32,000 feet in the sky, still with a lack of words in expressing what I want to say.

For some time, I feel like my life has been at a crossroads, and I just have to pick a direction to head in. It’s a simple task, and yet, it seems arduous. Breaking out of my comfort zone while I’m traveling is one thing, but in my daily life, it’s an entirely new notion. Still, as my last days in my twenties slowly tick away, I feel many changes on the horizon.

Turning thirty!

The past year has been an interesting one and one that refused to go as planned. Instead of galavanting across the globe as I had hoped, I got stuck at home. Home was a place I couldn’t wait to get away from, and yet, when I was stuck there, I was able to appreciate the people there, as well as the life I had continuously tried to escape from. That, of everything I’ve learned this year, has to be the most meaningful lesson.

Because I grew comfortable and happy in the realization of all I have at home, I have made home a happier place. I spend quality time with those I love, complain less about the mundane, and I enjoy going to work each day. I have found happiness in normal life, which is what I spent the last five years trying to escape from.

While I may not have discovered as many new places as I thought I would, I still traveled a great deal. I rang in 2014 in Barcelona, spent the first day of the new year in London, visited Lake Placid with friends, ate and drank my way through Puerto Rico, attended a wedding in Italy, hiked five high points in the United States, relaxed in Martha’s Vineyard, witnessed my best friend get married in London, visited my family in Ireland, and now, I’m spending my birthday weekend in a new city: New Orleans.

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It’s been one heck of a year and knowing all that I have seen and done, as well as all of my accomplishments in the past twenty-nine years, has left me confident that it’s time for a new decade. As always, I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this new adventure.

While I have no idea exactly what the next few years have in store for me, I know that if I continue to live my life with energy, ambition, and a constant appreciation for the present moment, I will accomplish more of my goals and lay the foundation for all of my dreams. I do not plan on ever truly growing up, and I’ve surrounded myself with some of the best companions from around the globe to help me on my journey. I’m incredibly grateful for the love I have found in this world, and I’m so excited to continue discovering the world culture by culture and person by person.

So as I sit here, miles above it all with a glass of red wine in my hand, I can honestly say, without question, that I am as happy as I have always imagined myself to be. This life I have managed to dream up for myself is nothing short of amazing, and I am so proud of where I am at the current moment and looking forward to each and every moment yet to come.

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Comments (5)

  1. Stephen Jones - A Thousand Miles

    Happy birthday for Sunday, Erin! Even though 2014 didn’t turn out as planned, I know it was still a smashing year for you anyhow! I felt the same, when I turned 30 – that I was at a crossroads. Even though I had a few disappointments, my 30s were some of the best years of my life. Living in the UK, for four years, was fantastic. It reinvigorated my love of travel, which has only fuelled my desires with such crazy ideas. However, enough about how my 30s were. This is about your turning 30!

    It’s been wonderful being introduced to you and your blog. And I’m so happy that you’re one that goes out and gets things done! You’re inspiring, and not one to really grumble when things go wrong. Of the bloggers that I’ve come across, these last couple of yours, that I look forward to meeting one day, you’re in the top batting order. Sorry, cricket term. I couldn’t resist. 🙂

    So, here’s to your last 30 years, and here’s to your next. The best is yet to come!

  2. Lisa

    How bloody lovely – this really warmed my heart! I’m a few months behind you, but will be turning 30 in 2015, and I’m pleased to say I feel exactly the way you do. I remember a friend telling me when I was 22 that you really get to know yourself in your thirties and are much happier to just be you. I remember thinking ‘but then I’ll be SO OLD?!!’.

    Wow. That crept up on me. But it seems that wise friend of mine was absolutely right.

    Happy birthday to you – have an absolute blast!

  3. Lance | Trips By Lance

    Late happy birthday! A word of advice from someone eight years older: there is no such thing as grownups. Some of us just do a better job than others at pretending. I’ve always felt like a kid in charge at my job, but am slowly realizing that we are all just kids. Life ticks by faster than you’d like it to so don’t let a day or moment pass by waiting to do something down the road. Down the road is here today.

  4. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

    First, happy belated birthday! I loved all of your photos on insta– it looked like you guys were having a blast!

    I think you are absolutely wonderful for writing this. Writing can be so difficult when it’s forced and you always do a terrific job of writing meaningful posts. Also, Peter Pan would be so proud of you for not wanting to grow up 🙂

  5. Aurora

    I turn 30 in March and I’m facing a two year wait to go on the RTW trip of my dreams. My age is really starting to panic me and I get down about ‘wasting my life’, however I know I need the time to save and make the trip as amazing as possible. Your post is inspiring and I want to thank you for it. I’ve been feeling rathe sorry for myself today (hence my blog about sacrificing my 30th birthday to save money) so reading this has really perked me up and inspired me to be thankful for what I have.

    x

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