I celebrated my 30th birthday yesterday. As birthdays go, 30 is pretty much a biggie, though I certainly don’t feel any older, any more responsible. But, it does tend to make one a little introspective about the meaning of life and the general state of things.
Turning 30 makes you think about the direction your life is taking, the road you are walking down every day, and the final destination you’re headed for. Is it a good one? Is it a place I’ll enjoy when I’m 50, 60, or 70? Or will I regret not branching out and doing things my way? Is there still time to change course, or is the journey already set in stone?
Friends, the journey is never set in stone, and it is never too late to change your life into what you want it to be.
I desperately want a simpler life. I want to come home to less stuff and more time with my family. I want to have less debt and more money to share with others. I want to have less work and more time to pursue the interests that make me feel like a whole, alive person. I want to eat less chemically laden supermarket factory “food” and relish over more organically-grown-straight-from-my-own-garden food.
All of this doesn’t mean that I need to sell my car, sell my house, and move my family off into a yurt at a hippie commune (though I don’t doubt that would be fun!). Change, lasting and real change, best happens when it is incremental. Baby steps and tiny choices snowball over time into a completely changed life that lasts.
For me, baby steps are decluttering my house, once drawer at a time. Growing one pot of tomatoes and a few herbs. Transitioning harmful, useless chemicals out of my home. Learning to NOT bring new stuff home in the first place (which is the hardest part for this impulse shopper).
Turning 30 isn’t something I dreaded, or something that makes me feel “old.” Instead, it just reminds me that you are never too “old” to start making life amazing!
What about you? Is there something you’ve always wanted to do with your life? What could you do today that would set you on the path to your own awesome life? I’d love to hear about it!