Michelle’s Guide to Turning 30
Congratulations, I made it to 30!
Turning 30 has elicited a whirlwind of emotions for me. First of all, I am in complete disbelief that time passes so quickly. I’ve heard rumours about this time warping phenomenon the older folk speak of however, until now they have been just that: rumours. Now here I am, a certified adult…30.
How did this happen? I am still a child who knows nothing about life, how can I be turning thirty? Where did all that time go? Shouldn’t I have a better grasp on things by now?
When I look back on the past 30 years, I guess I could say I have put my time to good use. The proof being in the multiple lifetimes I have lived. I was once a creative, tom-boyish child, a champion baton twirler, a professional dancer, a teacher, a writer. I’ve pursued my dreams and built myself a career in a cut throat industry. I travelled the world, I worked in the movies, I worked for the circus. I once got paid to put on a purple unitard, slap on a mask and pretend to be a seahorse…in a forest. There was even a time I was chased by feral monkeys in Hong Kong. This past year not with standing, I guess you could say, I have lived my life and especially my 20’s to the fullest!
My last year and a half has been a well documented exploration into my truth and soul. A process that would have never happened if it weren’t for all of these past experiences. I have had many victories but I have also had many failures and it has only been through a commitment to complete self honesty that I have discovered what I else I can include.
And the conclusion that I have come to: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING ON AND THAT’S OK BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE HAS ANY IDEA EITHER!
Here is what I do know, purely through trial and error:
1. Pay your taxes.
This is an important and unfortunate truth. You’ll have to find a way to “Stick it to the man” some other way.
2. Get a hair cut.
It’s a new decade and it deserves a new do!
3. Take Inventory.
An honest evaluation of what is and isn’t working is always a good road map, no matter how hard or uncomfortable it makes you.
4. Think about your health.
Let’s face it, you aren’t on warranty anymore. You require a little more maintenance.
5. Tell people how you feel.
People can’t read your mind and many challenging situations could be avoided if you would just say what’s on your mind rather than burying it.
6. Stop worrying so much about things you cannot change.
You can’t go back in time and we have yet to discover how to bend the space/time continuum to go forwards. Let it go!
7. Stop worrying so much about things you apparently won’t change.
Chances are if you aren’t willing to do the work to change bad habits than it’s going to stick around for a while. Stop stressing about it until you are ready to make that change.
8. If you are willing to make a change, stop talking about it, DO IT!
So you are willing to do the work? Great, now get to work!
9. Stop caring what people think.
Seriously, they’re just thinking about themselves anyway. Aren’t you?
10. Commit to living in the moment.
Because it’s got to be clear to you by now that that is all you have.
11. Go to bed at a decent hour.
Sleeping is good for you and you are so much more productive when you are well rested.
12. Get up early.
There is a whole day of life for you to live!
13. Make you bed.
Just do it, it takes 30 seconds and it looks nice when you get home.
14. Be bold.
That thing you have always wanted to do but hesitated because of any number of reasons? Just do it and be proud that you are trying something new!
15. Face your self.
Funny, we have lost touch with who we truly are and are afraid of who is actually underneath.
16. Face you fears.
Fear is there for a reason, it’s actually a good thing. Explore it, challenge it and conquer it! You may just surprise yourself.
To yourself, your intuition, to your friends, family, that guy on the bus, to the wind. Just listen.
18. Being willing to admit you have no idea what’s going on.
Apparently nobody does. Just go with it.
19. Being willing to admit when you are wrong.
Goes along with facing yourself but admitting you are wrong when you actually are, is a strength.
20. Go for walks.
Long ones if you need too.
21. Put your phone/computer/TV away.
For at least an hour everyday. This may be hard to believe but you don’t need it.
It has been proven that people who meditate have less injuries, stress and health problems than those who do not. Food for thought.
23. Travel more.
There is nothing more worthwhile to spend your money on.
24. Open your heart.
All you need is love.
25. Say thank you.
The wonderful thing about 30 is, I may not have everything figured out but I do have some experience under my belt now! I know it will not always be smooth sailing but I endeavour to use each and every experience as an opportunity to grow. Each day is a new chance to invite more wisdom, light, peace and love into my life.
Here’s to a new decade of adventures through life!