Let Me Eat Cake.

March 26, 2012 § 6 Comments

A birthday cake

A birthday cake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Alright, you could argue that every day is that. But there’s only one day that’s the first day of my 30s. And that day is today.

Plenty of folks have asked me if I’m nervous about turning 30. I’ll admit, I had a minor meltdown yesterday, my last day in my 20s, in the San Francisco airport waiting to come home. “Mini” meaning it lasted all of about 30 seconds before I stopped myself and made me name 10 things I was really sad about. After the second one it was already sounding more than a little ridiculous.

Saturday night, I was watching Fast & Furious in my hotel room. There’s a line where his yumminess, Paul Walker, is talking about Vin Diesel’s character, Donovan, to his character’s sister (Vin’s, not Paul’s). It was something to the effect of, “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from your brother, it’s that nothing really matters unless you have a code.” And so, I’ve come up with a few rules to live by of my own for this next decade of my life:

  • The older I get, the less likely it is I’ll know what I’m doing. So I might as well just go for it anyway.
  • The more I aim for perfection, the less likely it is that I’m going to succeed, so I might as well just go for it anyway.
  • Tomorrow is not guaranteed, nor is it known. So I might as well just go for it today.
  • The more I give myself what I want, the more I want others to also have more of what they want. So… I might as well just go for more of what I want today.

I see a pattern emerging. And with that… wish me luck! Time to go for it all anyway!

What exactly is it I’m going for? Well… everything. You’ll see!

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§ 6 Responses to Let Me Eat Cake.

  • Tze says:

    Happy Birthday Wendy!! 🙂

    I like your code…will take a little work for me to live by it, but a good code nonetheless.

    Hope you have a fantastic birthday!

  • davidolinger says:

    I remember when I reached 30 vividly. I saw that some other people around me also had meltdowns and I waited for the sky to fall. It didn’t. I am still here, significantly past that age. My motto is to never grow up, just to age gracefully. If you lead your life on the basis of how you have so far, you will enjoy a very fulfilling next seventy! Keep rockin’. Make this the best year yet.

  • Happy birthday Wendy!!

    My 30’s have been awesome. Amazing even!! Best decade yet and I’m LOVING THEM!!!

  • wendy says:

    Hahahahahaha – wish I was 30 again! I turned 60 in November. Hmmmmm. Don’t feel like it at all. In fact, I feel about 30 inside.

    Happy Birthday, Wendy. Enjoy your 30’s. It’s a fun decade. Live life to the fullest and just be yourself.

    Found you on The Linked-In Creative Writers group.

  • Andrea says:

    Happy birthday Wendy! I know it’s a phrase that is over-used these days but truly your 30s are the new 20s – all the fun with half of the anxiety. I embraced 30 and so far my 30s haven’t let me down (or slowed me down). Enjoy this year and the decade ~ it will go by quickly!

  • Jamilah Kolocotronis says:

    I didn’t really mind turning 30. But my oldest son will soon be 30. That does make me feel old!

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