Turning 30 isn’t a small feat.
You are thinking: ‘well, we all do it’, or maybe, ‘been there, done that’, or perhaps ‘there are grander milestones’… Well, you are absolutely correct, it is something we all do, and without even trying. It isn’t the biggest or grandest decade. However, even in my relatively regular life of now 30 years, there has been a great deal that I have experienced and been through! As anyone would agree to in their own experience. Yet, I thought I would just self-absorbedly share some of the things I have learnt.
- My childhood passion of gymnastics, even when it felt like that was all that life was about, would eventually fade into memories that I bring out every so often to relive in my mind.
- The green snake lollies aren’t liked by everyone, which is good if you like them, so find your match.
- On that point, I believe you don’t have to like either salty or sweet. You definitely can crave both.
- A few many years ago now, I had that moment when you realise it is really all about family. That unconditional love that is present, (that actually does have many conditions if we were honest about it), still seems to love you anyway and allows you to be your truest person at any moment.
- Even if you have olive skin, you are not immune to sunburn. Be #sunsafe!
- I discovered that my parents sacrificed a great deal for us kids. With an ease of wanting to do it at every step, even when it didn’t necessarily fit in with their plan for their life. In doing so, we have been given the greatest of opportunities living here in Australia.
- I realised my worth a little late in life, and even forget it at times. So now I can only try remind myself that late doesn’t mean TOO late.
- I miss South Africa for reasons I can’t put into words…the only way I can describe it is a pull felt deep within each of us that has lived a great portion of our life in one country. It is a familiarity, and a warmth that we get when hearing the language or munching on a traditional meal.
- It would seem that life is full of a vast number of hellos, and as many goodbyes.
- Unfortunately, I see how easy it is to doubt oneself. Making it ten times easier for those around you to feel that doubt about you.
- I have learnt that people expected that I would remain dependable, ready to attend, and eager to please. They forgot that I also had the opportunity to learn, experience and step into the adult world of a full time job and responsibilities, and therefore not have the time to show them they were special to me. Sadly, they always were, but life doesn’t give much opportunity to have ‘redo’s either.
- Hindsight really is a biatch.
- I have experienced what it is to be so overcome with love. To pinch myself on the daily to remind myself that this isn’t a movie/fairytale/disney fantasy. That I get to share life with a man, who for the very first time in my life, saw me for everything that I am, and absolutely loved me for all of it. And what is even more divine? Is how lucky I feel to have him beside me.
- Animals are living treasures to our days. Lots of poop, but so much joy.
- One of the toughest lessons I have been learning the last couple years is in my choice of profession. Even more specifically, in the specialty I have been lucky to be a part of. These things include, but are not limited to: death is never pretty. Sometimes death is all you can see, despite being surrounded and met with all that is life. Grief that is not yours to have, will linger for a lot longer than you want or expect. I want to turn this funny, but as much as there are hilarious moments in nursing, there is a tonne more sadness.
- The ocean is free therapy. In whatever activity you choose, whatever season. No matter the sun or the rain, or the country you are in.
- Watching a jelly fish as I took breathes before free diving is one of the greatest moments of calm I have ever experienced.
- Getting older is not as filled with dread as I thought it would be.
- The smell after it has rained really is a wonderful smell.
- Those postcards of French villages with the stone streets are not just of the same touristy village, but are throughout this beautiful country. And it is just as magical as you can imagine!
- Travelling is…ahh incredible. There are too many places yet to visit though…
- Noticing laughter, while laughing, especially in my husband and family, or in close friends is priceless.
- Memories are strange. You can’t remember the ones you want to, and often remember the ones you wish to forget. But they are probably the most important things we collect in life.
And at this point in this post, I could continue and continue, but hopefully it has allowed you to think of all you have experienced in your years here. Aka, I need to finish it and carry on with my day. Happy ‘another year passing’ to you all xx
PS: I realise I have written a post similar to this one, but hopefully you will overlook this and enjoy it just the same.