Saturday, August 16, 2014

29 Seems Like a Good Year

Today is my 29th birthday. This is the last year of my twenties. 

Really? Wasn't I just 10 and wearing a unicorn shirt?

The last couple of weeks, I have really been struggling with this birthday. which seems odd. Shouldn't 30 be the big existential breakdown birthday? Well, regardless, here we are! 

I thought what better way to ease my aging fears &  celebrate a big milestone birthday than a list! 

Top 10 Best Things About Being 29

1. I can finally look back at all the cringe-worthy things I said & did in high school & college and laugh. And let me tell you, that's a lot of laughing. Now, the cringe-worthy things I said and did yesterday? Those are still plenty fresh in my mind! 

2. I'm more comfortable in my own skin than I ever have been before. Regardless of weight, skin clarity, good hair days or flattering hair cuts, I can finally look past all of that to what's really important. Look, I still have bad days (I'm only human), but the majority of the time I care more about what's going on in my head or heart than what's outside of it. 

3. Early bed times don't seem as granny-ish as they did when when I was 25. There really is nothing quite like crawling into bed at 9:30 with three cat-men, curling up with a good book and being asleep by 9:45. I highly recommend it. 

4. But I can still stay up late a few nights a week without hating the choices that brought me to that point in my life. I mean, I'm not dead yet! ;) 

5. The prospect of having little Ricks & Kimberly's doesn't paralyze me with fear like it would have at 21 or even 25. 

6. I've lived a good chunk of life. I've had a heck of a lot more experiences than 18 year old Kimberly. Good & bad. Indescribably sad & impossibly happy. And you know what? I think it has made me a more interesting, empathetic, well-rounded person. 

7. But I know enough to know I don't know it all. Thank goodness! 

8. Apparently women get better in their 30's and if Liz Lemon & Lorelai Gilmore are any indication, that's probably true. I hope to live the heck out of my 29th year and send my 20's off in style! 

9. (See # 8) Now, I'm not planning on starting an advice column or anything, but, on occasion, a nugget of experience-founded truth springs forth from my lips and I am both shocked and delighted. Don't worry, it doesn't happen very often.

10. I'm still basically the same person I've always been. Despite what I thought when I was 8, I will never be a mermaid or a princess. I still love dressing in costumes more than real clothes. I will probably always love cats and I may never like lobster. Being an "adult" hasn't magically made me more sophisticated, so I doubt being 29 will really be that much different than being 28. And that is pretty darn comforting! 

I have some plans for this year. Goals, dreams and hopes. But at the end of the day, I don't know what the next 365 days will bring. I'm just along for the ride, hoping that whatever comes is as perfectly unexpected as all the years before. 

My daddy
Is that a toilet tank? An old timey washing machine? You never know with me! 
Camping. And yes. I've always been fabulous. 
Apparently it was dress-up time.
Two of the best kitties in the world; Chester (blond) & Bart

Swimming under the bridge in Hayden, CO. 
My first best friend. My brother, Robby. 
Making friends on vacation earlier this summer. 
Fancy hair for a production at the Windsor Community Playhouse
The cemetery where "Night of the Living Dead" was filmed.
(Photo Credit: Natalie Mash)

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
Madeleine L'Engle

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