Today is my 30th birthday. The past week has held several interactions which have all played out the same way:
“You’re 30? You don’t look it!”
It is meant as a compliment—a way of reassuring a woman that her youthful beauty is holding strong despite her increasing age. To me, however, it is a challenge.
You see, I WANT to look it. To me, 30 is a beautiful age with characteristics which I have been striving to develop for the past decade. In every interaction, I want others to see in me the…
maturity of 30
grace of 30
self-control of 30
wisdom of 30
gentleness of 30
patience of 30
kindness of 30
I look back at my 20’s to see all of the joy and challenges those years held. I see the growth that I have experienced, and I pray that others see it as well.
I don’t begrudge younger people their youth—it is something that we all have to enjoy for a season–but I am greeting this new season with open arms. I look forward to seeing all of the new experiences and growth that my 30’s will bring.