I'll be 30 in exactly 2 weeks and people odler than me keep telling me to shuttup about it. However, I find myself comtemplating the big 3-0 and wondering if I am exactly where I should be.
When I was a teenager, I had hoped that by the time I was an old lady of 30 years, I would:
- be a computer programmer since at that time, that was the only job to be had (my uncle, who's been my hero sine I was a little girl, was a programmer)
- be married to somebody I love whether my parents liked it or not; I think I actually hoped they wouldn't like it and would stop talking to me forever
- maybe have a child
- have a house
- travel all around the world
Let's see what I have accomplished:
- I am working as a Usability professional, which in the time from 18-30, I have realised I love a lot more than programming (my uncle is still my hero).
- I am married to somebody I love and, who my parents adore. I believe at one point, my Dad said he was giving his daughter away and getting a son. I am actually very happy that my dream of my parents never speaking to me didn't come true. The older I get, the closer I get to my parents and the more I find myself thinking, "oh, they were so right about this or that."
- No children yet but a cat and a dog keep us on our toes.
- A house that's being built, which I find amazing, considering that most people's first house is rarely a brand new one and we might never again be able to afford a brand new house.
- I have traveleld across this country, been to Canada and Mexico and have plans for either Europe or the Bahamas for next year.
All in all, I have to say that I am not doing too bad. And those first two points bring to mind Garth Brooks' Unanswered Prayers:
"Sometimes, God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers."