Today I’m 29. I hadn’t quite thought about how big of a birthday 29 is until I sat down to write this post. Everyone always thinks 30 is the big one but it’s almost like you’ve got your whole 29th year to prepare for 30 so you’re totally ready to take on your new decade. But 29 is your last year your 20s! The closing of a very important decade of your life! I almost feel like you grow, change and learn the most in your 20’s so it’s pretty sad to see it go!
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E. E. Cummings
“Your 20s are your selfish years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.”
I’ve loved my 20’s. I feel like I’ve taken crazy risks, put myself totally out there, I’ve learned so much about myself and I’m more comfortable with myself than I’ve ever been. But does this mean I have to grow up this year? And start being a responsible 30 year old next year?
No, right? No’s the answer?
No’s the answer. Ok, glad we got that cleared up.
So now that I know I don’t have to grow up, I still feel just a little overwhelmed as I start my final year of my 20s. I feel like I still have so much I want to do before I’m 30! Should I make a 30 before 30 list?! 30 things I want to do before I turn 30? Should I read that book, “30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Know By The Time She’s 30“? I feel so overwhelmed! There’s so much to do this year!
All jokes aside, I do feel like I should make the absolute most of this final year in my 20s. Maybe plan a crazy, unique, fun trip? Do something I’ve never done before? Or maybe just try to live my best days every day. No matter what I’m sure I’ll find great ways to celebrate the ending of a pretty awesome decade and I’ll be sure to share the fun here!
“The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find.”
So here we go! Another 365 days left in my 20s, let’s make it good!
“Don’t grow up, it’s a trap!” -Peter Pan
Happy Birthday!! I just turned 29 last Friday, eek! These photos are gorgeous, by the way – what a beautiful setting! Here’s to the last year in our 20s!!
Thank you! And happy belated 29th to you!! Hope it’s going fab so far! xo!
Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy your last year in your 20s .
I just went through a monumental year too! I just finished my 60s. I still have the same questions you do. I want to know when you feel grown up and when you feel like a responsible adult! I am experiencing my first year in my 70s and so far it seems like a pretty good ride. I will let you know when I start feeling like an adult! Enjoy 29 and give it your best shot!
I love your blog!
Love this, Connie. I want to be you when I grow up. Our family has good genes, so I’ll probably be in my 90s still waiting to feel like an adult. LOL!
I love this!! That makes me so happy to hear! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and I look forward to hearing when you start to feel like an adult! Hahah!
Thanks again, Connie!
I have been waiting my entire life to have some sort of epiphany and suddenly feel like an adult. Turns out I am nearing 40 and it still hasn’t happened, and I am so good with that! Be young at heart always! Beautiful photos.
Haha! I love that and I totally agree! Young at heart always! 🙂
Happy birthday! I LOVE these pics. Can you divulge where they are?
I’m 51 and have to tell you that I don’t even remember my 20s. By that I mean that I was having too good a time to reflect on where I had been and where I was headed. I had a great job and great friends and family (still do) and did a ton of fun things before I bought a house and got way more tied down than I ever wanted to be. I didn’t marry until I was 45, and in hindsight, I could have waited even longer – LOL. I always meet my commitments and strive to give back to this world each day, but I NEVER INTEND TO GROW UP or grow old and agree with your attitude at this point in your life.
If I could give one piece of unsolicited advice it would be to enjoy the moment, and even though you’re planning and looking forward to the decades ahead, try to remain open to the possibility of things not always going as planned. The diversions from life’s path have brought me the best rewards every time. I wouldn’t change one thing about my path to 51 (except the unfortunate house purchase), and I’m guessing you’ll be able to say the same once you get “there,” wherever “there” is.
I LOVE this! Great advice and I absolutely will try my best to enjoy the moment and stay open to all the possibilities! I would love to be able to say the same things at 51!
And thank you! the pics are actually some from last year in a little field close to my parent’s house.
Katie, The answer is NO, you don’t have to grow up! Just look at Cindy and me!! Enjoy every day of this 29th year, and Happy Happy Birthday from the guy who this year celebrates the 38th anniversary of his 29th birthday! Hope it’s a great day!
Haha! I love it! Thank you, Randy! I’ll be seeing you guys soon!
Thank you, Iris!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Pretty Lady!!!! I just know that there will be amazing things for you in the year ahead, sweet people like you deserve to have that awesome returned right back 🙂
Thank you, thank you lady! You are too sweet! xo!
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