It’s really sad how many people think 30 is middle aged or some kind of old shriveled up decrepit. There’s so much fear about aging and the sense that your life ends after your 20s, sometimes to the point that some people are suicidal when their 30th birthday rolls around. And that’s such bullshit! 30 isn’t ‘middle aged’ unless you’re planning to die at 60! 30 is broadly considered to be the prime of your life! I think we need to talk more about aging so people can have realistic expectations for it and maybe learn not to fear it so much. Because I’m going to be 30 next year, and I’m stronger and more confident that I’ve ever been. Things aren’t perfect, I still struggle with mental illness and self esteem, but I grew so much throughout my 20s and I’ve become a more complete and happy person for it all. Growing older has largely been a positive experience for me, and I hope that I’ll continue to grow and learn through the next decade of my life. I want to face my next birthday with hope and courage. It’s not a bad thing to be turning 30! It’s not something to fear! It’s another year to live!