I turned 30 this week.
It’s made me think a lot about how we think about age and the (often negative) meaning we give to getting older.
I found this gem on my facebook page from 2006. I was 18.
Let me tell you something about year 18 old Tony – he did NOT like getting older…..
He didn’t realize that college would not be, in fact, where he “found” himself. (No offense Salem State – I loved you. Truly.)
He didn’t realize that he’d still have confidence issues after graduating.
He didn’t realize that not everyone graduates college – in fact, some people don’t literally make it past college.
18 year old Tony didn’t realize that life is precious and that it’s a privilege to get older.
Guys – I’m so grateful to be 30. I’m VERY much #notperfect when it comes to happiness and self confidence – so please don’t ever think I got this shit figured out. But I *am* happier and more confident than I’ve ever been. I enjoy life a hell of a lot more.
More so – it breaks my heart that there are friends of mine who didn’t make it to 30, or didn’t make it much long after that.
I hope everyone learns to embrace age and getting older – whatever that comes with. Health issues. Wrinkles. Gray hair (trust me – I have several already.) And whatever new insecurities that come up.
We’re alive. And we’re better for it.
I love you guys. Here’s to another 30 (Hopefully more, please.)
Let’s go get ’em.
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Thanks for reading!
By the way, I’m Tony. I live in Chicago. (Duh.) I’m an actor and blogger living right up the street from Wrigley Field.
My blog is here to help others take control and live a more authentically positive life on their terms. Since working with a coach and learning more about personal development, I’ve started sharing my learnings with others. (I have a lot…)