Cristale Adams is an online author and publisher. Her articles vary in topics and focus on real life. She always enjoys learning new things.
Remembering My 30th Birthday
'My 30th birthday is in exactly one week! I will be 30 years old!' were my exact thoughts as my birthday approached very quickly. I couldn't help but think about where has my life gone, the choices I have made, and where my past has taken me. That year my birthday started a revolution in my life because of all the changes that I have experienced since that time. It's so ironic because when people are younger, they always wish to be older. When people do get older, they wish that they were young again. Now that I have turned thirty, I am also wishing that I was young again. Things were not so challenging in the past as they are now, with the prices of everything increasing and the unemployment rate also increasing. Gas was much cheaper and kids could safely go outside to play. My 30th birthday celebration has made me understand the facts of life, along with important lessons about life that come only with aging, wisdom, experiences, and time.
My 30th birthday was a fun celebration that was filled with good times and plenty of laughs, but the meaning that comes with turning 30 is what haunted my mind and made that birthday so dreadful. Turning 30 is an important milestone for any person, woman, or man because many changes take place when a person turns 30, like physical, emotional, and mental changes. Normal daily life changes after that point. Changes and maturity are permanent presents from nature for everyone's 30th birthday. This can be a dreadful topic for any person, and it still is for me!
What Turning 30 Means to Me
What getting older means to me is growing up, maturing, becoming stable, and creating roots with the one person that my life is shared with, sprinkled with family and true friends. This is no longer the decade of the teen years or the '20s of my life when it was just one big party and all about having fun. That was a time when no one took me seriously because of my age and the world was mine to conquer. Turning 30 is the time to stop thinking about all of that because that's all over. The future is finally now and it's time to start acting on it.
Turning 30 means having more responsibilities and obligations, along with another year older. Turning 30 is different than turning 25 or even 29. Turning 30 brings many different changes for a person and their life, on the inside and on the outside. These changes can effects a person physically, emotionally, and mentally. These particular changes of maturing are what made me very dreadful about turning 30. What turning 30 means to me is changes. As a person's body gets older, it starts to show. Daily routines are altered because of sleep and diet changes. Most people will agree that they don't like change because of the lack of comfort and the fear of the unknown. Change is a part of the unknown, but these changes are changes in myself that I am not happy about. Turning 30 means:
- Increased wrinkles.
- Increased grey hair.
- Being called "ma'am" all of the time!
- Being asked for i.d. when purchasing beer/cigarettes.
- Not young anymore.
The Aging Process
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5 Reasons Why I Dread Turning 30
I have decided to create an article that expresses my dread, and concern, about my 30th birthday. This is a creative list of 5 reasons, which summarizes all of the emotions and physical changes incorporated, of why I dreaded turning 30. This list is realistic, logical, and sincere with explanations and descriptions. Turning 30 is a big part of a person's life just like other milestones people experience throughout life, like learning how to walk for the first time. The next milestone after turning 30 is turning 40, that's over the hill! My list of reasons is entertaining and creative and is also based on facts about life and about getting older.
1. My Body is Changing.
Turning 30 is making my body change on the inside and on the outside, which is making me experience different changes from ever before. My body is changing on the inside, like my sleeping patterns and even food cravings are different. My hair and skin texture, along with the appearance and manageability are changing. Certain things that were gross to me aren't so bad and vice versa. My sense of smell has increased highly and my energy has decreased intensely. My body is experiencing turning 30 and maturity in a very noticeable way.
2. My Brain is Changing.
Along with my body turning 30 and maturing, so is my brain. A person's brain matures and changes from birth until death. The appearance of the brain and chemicals inside change as a person ages. The three main chemicals inside of the brain that is affected by maturity are:
- Dopamine: reward drove learning chemical inside of the brain.
- Serotonin: chemicals that create feelings of happiness.
- Glutamate/Glutamic Acid: learning and memory chemicals inside of the brain.
3. My Vision Has Changed.
Since turning 30 includes many changes, with high amounts of responsibilities and obligations that seem never-ending, glasses are needed at this age and beyond. Glasses of wine that is, to help relieve the stress and the anxiety, and to also increase health. Glasses of wine contain high amounts of antioxidants that are healthy for older women because of the increased heart risks that are approaching me in the near future. A generous glass of red wine is always the healthiest, but any wine will do as long as they are full glasses.
4. I am Closer to Menopause.
Menopause and the glorious symptoms that are included, and are only just for women, are right around the corner. This is because my reproductive system is also maturing and changing along with the rest of myself. A woman's ovaries do not last forever. They will also become more mature and will eventually run out. When this process happens, more physical changes occur with hormones and physical appearance also being altered. I am steadily approaching that time in my life and am not looking forward to it at all! This is unavoidable and very dreadful for me, sometimes even terrifying.
5. I am Closer to Over the Hill.
Turning 40 is another large milestone for a person during their lifetime, like how turning 1 was but with your whole life behind you now. This particular birthday of 40, which is right around the corner, is considered "over the hill" and also brings more permanent changes to a person's life. Turning 40 is when many people will usually experience a mid-life crisis and do something irrational and stupid. I can wait for that, but time will not allow me to no matter how much I beg.
It is Not That Bad!
© 2012 Cristale Adams
Cristale Adams (author) on January 24, 2013:
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Real Ryce on January 22, 2013:
cristale girl you are cute! lol when i first started reading you reminded me of my friends who will be turning thirty this year, one in particular started FREAKING OUT around the age of twenty seven-- her birthday is in April and I hope she doesn't die out of shock. Meanwhile I made the big 3-0 about a year ago and going in, I gotta admit yes, I did ponder ALL of the things you have mentioned above, but at the same time I was glad that my twenties didn't kill me. I told everyone "I made it I'm a grown up."
Dare I say I was excited and still getting carded. Weeks before my 30 BDAY I went out with my friends for lunch and the waiter carded me, stating I looked like I was 15 (no make up hair pulled back) yes he was an idiot but still I took it with a whoop whoop. any who Ive accepted the fact that eye cream is a necessity( it just makes me feel better to have it) and that my whole set up is changing faster than ever, but my 30 year old swagger absolutely tops that twenty year old "swag". I love the video, so cute but warning being a cougar is not so great! think about it, that means you would be dating twenty three year olds and for reasons I wont get into, not so great *wink wink* (been there done that I'll pass ) any who just wanted to say I loved this topic and other tres decades need to read it. I dig it thanks girl-- ahem sorry I mean thanks woman.
Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on July 19, 2012:
Turning 30 didn't bother me at all. Turning 46 was a bigger issue. Now I'm coming up to 48. I think I've worn myself into the drama of turning 50 so when that year actually comes I will be already over it.
Your post made me laugh, in a good way. Time does pass quickly when you're a kid. We have 12 years to be a kid, part of those years we are too young to tell time. Then we have seven years as a teenager. That passes slowly because of all that teenage angst that just drags along. Then you actually get to be an adult in your 20's. That's just ten years. You have far more years of being an adult than you do for being a kid. So of course, time seems to go faster if you look back.
If you are already worried about menopause you need a hobby or something - you must have far too much time on your hands to think about stuff. Get married, have kids, do all that in between stuff so you have something to show for your wrinkles and grey hair when you do get old enough to think about menopause - when it really is an issue.
As far as skin and hair, I guess everyone is different. I got one grey hair when I was 32, yanked it out and didn't see another until I was past 40. My skin is still the same as ever. Though I sure don't miss the zits of my younger years. I don't find my hair or skin to be coarse or less elastic. I have curly hair. My hair stylist tells me I would have smoother hair if I would just brush it while it was wet. I almost never do, so I have somewhat frizzy hair due to my own tendency not to fuss with hair, cosmetics and etc.
Make the most of all of your years. So far, I would say the 40's are the best years. But, I'm 47 so at least partially biased.
Cristale Adams (author) on June 29, 2012:
I am glad to know that this may mean it can only get better! Thank you!
Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on June 29, 2012:
I turned 40 this year, and my life has never been better. I met the love of my life when I was 36 years old and had a baby (my only one!) at 38. I'm in great health because I take care of myself, following a real food diet and staying active. I say all of this because once 30 hits, the best is yet to come!
Cristale Adams (author) on June 29, 2012:
That is just my mood for now. I am sure it's not like death or any thing close to it.
John Crowley from Sheffield on June 29, 2012:
What a gloomy post... I enjoyed reading it though. Thanks!
Cristale Adams (author) on June 29, 2012:
Thank you for your read and your comment. Both are greatly appreciated!
ALUR from USA on June 29, 2012:
To those of us approaching early and mid 40's you're a babe! Though change and the invevitable reality that immortality is fleeting is a scary prospect. What can I say, at 42 I'm only now living life and finding authenticity. This may not relieve the crows feet, the impeding lines as a divorced Mom, but Im alive: alive to reflect and be...
enjoy every moment of your breath and the days ahead.
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