Tuesday, May 25

Ode to 29

In trying to think of something to continue blog about because 1) I think writing is good for me and 2) since they took Facebook away at work, there's nothing else to do during down-times, I thought I should focus on the future for a bit instead of reflecting on the past. So enjoy these next few posts on turning 30.

Believe it or not, I'm actually excited to turn 30. I just don't like saying it out loud. It doesn't feel like it fits me. The color orange fits me. Northern California fits me. Being an EFY counselor fits me. Monkeys fit me. Playing games fit me. Curly hair fits me. Dinner parties fit me. Freckles fit me. The Infiniti FX fits me (though I still have yet to own one). A double-scoop ice cream cone from Baskin Robbins fits me. But 30? Let's just say one of these things is not like the other, one of these just doesn't belong. Twenty-nine fits a lot better than thirty. I like hyphenated ages.

I have 29 days left of being 29. This year's been good to me and I will certainly miss it when it's gone. And I think it gets ignored way too much because the moment someone turns 29, all they can talk about is 30. So in my attempt to appreciate 29, here's a fun fact ode to you (because fun facts also fit me):

  • The atomic number of copper is 29 and in my opinion, a much prettier metal than zinc (30). Plus, I served my mission in Chile, home to the largest copper reserves in the world and I currently live 30 minutes from the largest man-made copper mine. I know, it's fascinating how I keep ending up near copper.
  • It takes 29 years for Saturn to revolve around the sun. If I lived on Saturn, I would be celebrating my first birthday. I would totally be up for eating cake with my hands again!
  • I'm a big fan of the night sky and I love being able to enjoy a full moon every 29 days.
  • I learned first-hand this year that 29% of all driving accidents involve cell phone use. The repairs from the accident cost $2,900. The two "29" lessons learned here will probably end up saving my life multiple times.
  • I pretty much thought that the skull was one large bone. It's not. It's made up of 29 bones. If there was one thing I couldn't live without, I'd say it would be my skull.
  • 2009 was the last year I was able to look at the first and last number of the year and say that's how old I am (well, for half the year anyway).
  • In my 29th year, I experienced over 75 things I've never experienced before. It brought me the highest highs and the lowest lows and without the wisdom gained from 29, I think I'd be rather afraid to turn 30.


Jamie said...

REally? 29 days until our birthday? Can't wait to turn 29 now! Thanks for the ode!

Erin said...

Welcome to your 30s girl! You'll love it!! It really is so much better than 20s! SWEAR!

Amy said...

Oh this is good... I needed to hear it because I'll be turning the big three-oh too this year. Glad you are so optimistic about it :)

Sparklebot said...

Enjoy it while you can. Being 30 is TERRIBLE!

I'm the only person who tells it like it is.

Coulio said...

Good News... In one year, you'll be hyphenated again ;) Not too far into my 30th year, I stopped apologizing and making excuses for so many things I never needed to apologize and excuse. Welcome to the decade of ownership! Own it girl!