You may have already heard... but I turned 30 yesterday. I figured I'd jot down a few reflections for those of you interested in reading them.
1. As the day approached, I realized I had been a lot more excited about entering the previous decade than this one. The only good reason was because I knew that the next decade would be the big 4-0... and at that point you can't even pretend you're young any more. But 29 years and 360 days old.... c'mon, I'm still in my 20's baby! Not any more. However, just one day into this new decade of life and I actually already like it. Maybe it's the fact that I like responsibility and influence more these days, and I think both of those increase (or should!) with age. Who knows.
2. This past weekend was a significant one in that it represented many things coming together at once. On an important-but-not-ultimate level, my house finally got a backyard. 4+ months of hard work, lots of stress, plenty of money, and tons of volunteer hours from friends has made the dream come true. But more significantly I saw a lot of people this weekend, had friends over, and realized that I'm at the point where I have close friends who I've known "since I was a kid" but also close friends who just became close friends in the past 3-6 months. That's when you know that a) you're getting older and b) you're blessed to still be making friends.
3. I'm loving almost every minute of being a daddy. I say "almost" only because the past week has been rough, and it's not the only rough week we've had with our little man. But that pales in comparison to being able to be the father to a wonderful son. Sure he'll start breaking my heart with his disobedience soon enough, and sure I'll get frustrated with him at times and then realize he's just like I was when I was a kid (unless he has Noelle's childhood temperament, in which case I'll be very happy!), but literally nothing in my life has compared to this relationship forming with my son. I'm looking forward to this next decade with Colton.... and maybe another kiddo... and maybe a 3rd? Whoa, slow down their tiger.
4. I want my 30's to be more fun than my 20's. But it will be fun in vastly different ways. Fun in my 20's had a lot to do with sports and college for a while, then with moving to a new city and totally loving the adventure that Portland was for us. Fun in my 30's will be filled with being a dad, planting even deeper roots in this local area of Placer County, going on family trips, serving in my church, improving the quality of life in my home one step at a time, and hopefully still playing a decent amount of golf. But I believe the fun will indeed be better because it will be richer as the family grows.
5. Tim McGraw's song "My next 30 years" has been in my head for a while. I really do need to write some resolutions for my next 30 years. Truth be told, I'm at the very beginning of the best 30 year period of my life (1-30, 30-60, 60-90... if the Lord keeps me here that long). I've still got plenty of energy, I'm growing in wisdom with my finances, I love planning things with my wonderful wife, always trying to soak in the beauty of God's creation around me and wanting to be an integral part of expanding God's Kingdom in our region and around the world. I do believe these next 30 years will somehow be better than the first set of 30 I've already lived.
Much more could be said but I want to keep it short and sweet. For those of you well beyond your 30's and reading this, please provide some piece of advice, word of caution, or anything else you think I need to know in the comments section below :)