On Monday I turned 30.
It's funny that as you age milestone birthdays go from being exciting, like becoming a teenage at 13 or old enough for booze at 21, to something you are supposed to dread, like leaving your twenties for the "big 30." Seeing as I can only speak on those birthdays leading up to 30, I'd like to turn the tables on age and embrace it.
Here is a self portrait I took for a photo class assignment in college at age 20. I am not sure what I was "trying to say" when I made this picture but it is interesting to come across it ten years later.
As I look back at the 20-year-old me, I'd like to give her some simple advice, perhaps the same advice I'd give myself now:
- Be a good person, even to a stranger
- Appreciate what you have
- Work hard
I've lived a lot of life in the last 30 years and in an optimistic stance, I can't wait to see what the next 30 have in store.