Last week I turned the big 3-0. Thirty. Dirty thirty. Flirty thirty. Everyone always seems to dread turning 30 and I kind of did as well. But the closer I got to it the more excited and grateful I got. We are lucky to be getting older, even if we are all scared of getting wrinklier and droopier. But if we don’t age there’s only one alternative. I know some people who haven’t made it this far in life so I am bloody grateful to be here enjoying life and getting older.
Obviously ageing in our bodies and our minds can be a potentially scary thing, especially for women I think. But really, I wish we could just embrace ageing and not see it as a negative thing. I think it’s hard with society nowadays (clearly I am old to say things like that!) when so much emphasis is put on the quest for eternal youth and celebrities all over the place appear to defy ageing. We do all want to look younger but we shouldn’t let it bother us as much as we do. I think it’s great that whilst there are all these beautiful young seemingly perfect stars making us feel bad about our looks, that there are lots of respectable, classy, successful older women like Helen Mirren who look amazing; who show us that you don’t have to look old and wrinkly or go into hiding or wear bad clothes when you are older; who show us that ageing doesn’t have to be a bad thing and we don’t have to be young to look beautiful and fit and that we can still be inspirational and fun when we’re older.
The older I’ve got the more I have started to care about my health and I believe being healthy and fit plays a big part in growing older beautifully and keeping our bodies looking fit and healthy and keeping our minds young as much as possible. Drinking lots of water, moving our bodies, eating good clean foods that nourish our bodies, getting outdoors and enjoying some sunshine are more important to ageing gracefully and feeling good about ourselves than trying to stay forever young with lotions and magical potions and surgery of the plastic variety.
I also quite like being older; I don’t want to be 21 anymore. I like the thought of being 30, being a mother, getting married (next year) and being a grown up. I feel like I’m officially an adult now and I’m ok with that.
I think my thirties are going to be amazing; I’m getting married, will hopefully be lucky enough to have more children; I’ll see Ava starting school, we’ll move house and more and more people around me will start to have children. I plan to only get fitter and healthier rather than less so; increase my confidence in different ways, learn to play the piano, travel and practice yoga. That all sounds pretty bloody amazing to me. It feels like a new chapter with lots of new experiences to come. I’m excited!
How did you feel about turning 30 or how do you feel if you’re not that old yet?!