Posted by Becky
When I was five years old and in kindergarten, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer? Rich.
When I was six years old and in the first grade, my new teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer? Thirty. My teacher asked me why and I said, "because when you're 30 people take you seriously and only serious people can be rich."
A couple of observations:
1. I was a very precocious child.
2. What's with the pressure on mere children to define their life's ambition at such a young age?!
Here I sit mere hours from my 30th birthday and I'm most decidedly NOT rich (although I guess we do a'ight) and I don't know whether people take me seriously or not.
I also find that now that I'm 30, I've had a huge shift in priorities ... especially in the last 6 to 9 months. Whereas a year ago, my ambition was driven by gaining more money and more recognition for my job, I find that now I'm more prone to thinking about what I want out of life and not necessarily what I want out of my job. I think about how to become a happier person, ways in which I can incorporate my sister, niece, and her husband into my life more, places I can travel to and experience, and just generally how I can be the best person I can be. Hokey much?
I don't know what happened to cause this shift, but I think maybe it's because I spent the last five years going at warp speed that I feel like now that I'm an old lady it might be time to stop and smell the roses. Perhaps I'm just feeling a bit nostalgic and weepy. I'm not sure what these emotions are or even if they're tied to this particular birthday. They (who is this "they" we always refer to?!) say that when women hit 30 they examine their life and priorities and many make life altering decisions ... am I on the cusp of that? I don't know.
Right now, I do know that I'm on the cusp of getting a nice, sweet birthday donut. Okay, so we're not going because it's my birthday, but in absence of a cake, I'll take it.