Today I turned 34. OH. MY. GOD.
I seriously cannot get my head around my actual, on my passport age. I certainly don’t feel anywhere near my age. I mean yeah, I’m blessed with awesome wisdom and know-better knowledge, but if I look at other people my age, they’re all married with kids and boring, dull jobs (mostly), while I just keep getting more awesome haha!
This weekend some of my closest friends and I will be dressing up and going to Proud Cabaret in Camden to celebrate. I really can’t wait because I love burlesque and performance art, especially since that’s a dream I never made happen… I also have two very close friends with birthdays either side of me (3rd and 8th Feb) and am good friends with a guy who shares the exact same birthdate as me! And they are all awesome peeps!
I love being in my 30′s though. On my 30th birthday I had some sexy times with my 19 year old flatmate while living in Western Australia, and I tell you this, not only because I have no shame, but because it’s moments like that which remind me I’ve had an awesome life and will have many great memories to look back on when I’m old (and probably still a spinster).
Being in my 30′s means I know myself so much more and I care less what people think. I’ve made it through 30 years of trials and tribulations and because of that I’ve come to honour and respect myself. Your 20′s can be hell and I always say moving from your 20′s to your 30′s is like being on a ship in a white squall and then when you hit 30, the storm finally ends and it’s (relatively) plain sailing. You just suddenly calm down, or at least I did, and things make sense and become a bit easier (probably because you’ve become better at life).
I started partying pretty young, at 14, going out drinking and finding a lift home and I partied pretty hard right up until my mid 20′s. These days I would rather stay at home with pizza, wine and a good movie or go out to dinner with friends. Occasionally I get wild at some unusual event and I think that’s essentially what keeps us young, the intention to never let go of our childish wonder and fearless expression.
I’m still pretty scared of being 40 and I don’t date guys older than me (they scare me too, but probably because I’m so young at heart), but my mom is just 20 years older than me and she is known among my friends as the cool mom who parties with us – she has a huge tattoo on her entire back designed by one of our friends – so I know things will be a-ok.
Are any of you born in February? Know any Aquarians? Say hello in the comments so I can wish you a happy birthday!
Portrait and painting done by my dad.