Turning 29

I don’t usually ponder birthdays, and 29 doesn’t really seem the age to fuss about. 30…now there’s a milestone. People take you seriously at 30. You can introduce yourself at network events as a professional in your thirties.

But here I am on 29…on the brink.

And that’s how I imagine 29 is going to feel.

When I reflect on my life, I always feel proud and fulfilled. I’m constantly using the phrases “at my age” and “by my age”, because I know I’ve been given many experiences and opportunities not typical to my age range. Perhaps they are things most people don’t think of as momentous – getting a graduate degree, studying abroad, living in four states, getting married, helping build a nonprofit – but to me, I feel like I’ve achieved a lot.

Despite these achievements and milestones, I often feel my age – not in my bones, but in my juvenile actions. When will I have the wisdom? How many experiences do I need to gain the insight others demand of me?

When will I finally feel older?

Something tells me 29 is it. There’s been a lot of changes in year 28 and I think it’s all starting to sink in. 29 is the year I grow up =)

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  1. Happy birthday, katie!

    You’ve accomplished more than a lot of folks, age be damned. Quickly approaching 30, I still don’t feel my age.

  2. As you know, I’m turning 40 in a few days. I’ll let you know when *I* finally feel older! 😉
    Happy Birthday!