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A life measured in decades.

It's an interesting experience to admit to myself that I have been alive for three decades.

A lot of people probably think I've been putting way too much into this birthday. But, the number itself, 30, it is such a powerful number to me. I can easily put myself back into the shoes of the 19 year old, walking into TES that first time... 30 was so far off on the horizon, that it didn't seem real to me. An abstract concept.

Adulthood. Responsibility.

I suppose I'm should be a grown up now. Maybe. Then again... I had a conversation last night with an ex of mine. We hadn't talked in a long long time. She remarked on the amount of responsibilities I had in my teens... in my twenties... that amount I still shoulder. That maybe, my 30's will be a time to regress. To embrace my inner child.

Maybe.

I feel like this decade will be a powerful one for me. But, I suppose with such a long period of time, that goes without saying. And lord knows my life has never been boring.

Guess my James Dean fantasies are truly over. That's OK - I'm not into cars that much anyway.

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jadia
Sep. 28th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! I plan to totally flip out when I reach my 30th birthday, so I don't think you're making too big a deal out of it. :)
nex0s
Sep. 28th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

From the other side of the divide, for me, my 30s have been better than my 20s, and my 20s were pretty damn good.

n.
simple_as_snow
Sep. 28th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!

And it's okay, I felt the same way when I turned 20.
redhead_sue
Sep. 28th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Meat. :) I'm one of those who thinks my 30s (so far) are way better than my 20s were, and I think you're also going to get better with every year. And you're already pretty goshdarned good. :)

See you tomorrow night!
ciani
Sep. 28th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
happy birthday! growing up be damned. alsways keep the 'boy' from boymeat inside of you.
feyrieprincess
Sep. 28th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Well you're still my fantasy...James Dean or no....
(no subject) - edgykitten - Sep. 28th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
njlexi
Sep. 28th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
i FREAKED on my 30th birthday, but i can definitely say that my 30's are much better than my 20's were. i've learned and grown so much, and i think you will too. And, as someone who deals with all the responsibilities you do, i don't think that's really an issue. You've been an adult for a looong time.

*hands you a lollipop and grabs your hand* Now come skip with me. *giggles*
daizeymaizey
Sep. 28th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

My 30's have definitely been better than my 20's and some of it is because I've used them to regress and embrace my inner child ;)

I hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration, whatever you end up doing.
thornyc
Sep. 28th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

wanderingghost
Sep. 28th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Happy Day, dude!
Trust me on this... it only gets more fun and more interesting! (Having half again as many years behind me as you.) Damn kids.

Many many many more, amigo!

em_yrt
Sep. 28th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Our 30's are going to ROCK. I look forward to sharing them with you.
purplepathos
Sep. 28th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Boymeat! Hope it's a great one. (I was glad when I turned 30, ready for people to start taking me more seriously--and I've been very much enjoying my 30's.)
eric_mathgeek
Sep. 28th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
You know what? I also learned responsibility young (although I don't know what responsibilities you mean, and they could be radically different from mine...) But now that you mention it, I think the 30s were definitely my time to embrace my inner child. My inner boy, anyway.

Now that 40s on the horizon (less than 355 days!) I'm hoping that I can continue to regress. :)
julian_wolf
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
I remember that after I met you (and I think after we had had some... intense interaction) I found out how old you were.

I completely freaked out. You are so young. I'm generally not attracted to males (and rarely rarely as tops) and then I find out that you're basically a kid? Wow!

The whole age thing seriously threw me for a loop- so very young you are.

My decade opinion: I think it's a big deal. Yah, it's just another year, but decades are always milestones- and that's ok. For me, it's fives, and my next one is a decade.

Many, many happy regards of the day.

And here's this:

Three's a Charm
Lovely Sole
Killer Arch
Pair

(yes, we did an impromptu photo shoot just for you, sorry we didn't have the good camera)
knotsteve
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! (We've only met briefly, at TESFest and DO, BTW...)

My 20s bit the big time.
My 30s were better - each year got better than the last.
I'm 44 now, and have to say I've only really begun to live -- I've had more fun during the last 5 years than probably the rest of my life combined.

And frankly, growing up is overrated.

The only sad thing is that time seems to go faster each year. Enjoy your 30s while they last...
blackwingbear
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday
jaspamaster
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Time happens
viviane212
Sep. 28th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
*holding birthdy cake, with a lit candle*

Happy birthday, boymeat!
pyrogenic
Sep. 29th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Cheers! And good luck in your fourth decade living a life less ordinary.
kahoki
Sep. 29th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! A youthful disposition is a good thing to have, as you never really feel your age despite the progress of time.
ericpride
Sep. 29th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! As my grandmother used to say, "eternal youth comes from the inside".
willowrrain
Sep. 29th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
The thirties are great, welcome to them. I have enjoyed them so much more than my twenties. I think in your twenties most people spend a great deal of time thinking and figuring out who they are. In the thirties you actually get to manifest who you are, and that... is fantastic.

Happy Birthday~

Mork Mork Mork
clayfoot
Sep. 29th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Finally. Guess everyone can start taking what you say and do seriously, now. I mean, the day before, you were just a punk, reckless and foolish. But now, you're, like, all smart and reliable and stuff.
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