The Best Things That Happened In My 30's8:00 PM
The Best Things That Happened In My 30's
AcceptanceI got comfortable in my own skin. I grew up with insecurities. Although they're not that many and I never allowed myself to be envious of anyone (thou shalt not covet, right?), I still went through that phase of not liking what I see in the mirror.
In my 20's, I started to appreciate myself more and accepted my flaws. It's only now that I'm in my 30's though that I can honestly say I don't give a damn about what people think about how I look anymore. I am so much comfortable in my own skin now. And that's very liberating.
FreedomSpeaking of liberty, I can freely express my feelings without fear. I was once oppressed and never really heard (hello, middle child syndrome), and I was always criticized and laughed at when I express my views. So I settled on not saying how I really feel or what I really think. I guess that's why I was always sick before. Thanks to writing and thanks to well, life experiences, I have now found my voice and am not afraid to use it.
I am genuinely happy regardless of my relationship status, wherever I am, and just as sincerely happy for others. I don't think you can fake happiness for too long. It's either you're really happy or stop pretending that you are.
And I couldn't care less about stereotyping of women especially women past their 20's. That's freedom right there.
Better versionI've been through hell and back and I've never been better. My pruning stage may not be over yet in my 30's but I can say I've emerged better than I first step into this stage.
Believe it or not, I only started using makeup when I reached my thirties. I guess you can say I'm a late bloomer.
AbundanceI used to be laughed at because I'm very practical and frugal. I don't buy branded clothes and I seldom buy gadgets. I only do when what I have dies on me. I follow frugal tips I read. Funny thing is that instead of feeling deprived, I feel freer. Maybe the thought that I am actually buying myself a better and more secured future keeps me from feeling inadequate. When those people who laugh at my frugal ways run out of cash, do you know who they turn to? Me.
EmpathyI am more empathetic now to those suffering from heartbreak, loss, loneliness, confusion and dilemma. Because on my way to my 30's, I went through them too.
I know what I love, what I want, what I need. I can clearly see what my desires are, I can better hear what my heart whispers.
I have learned that happily ever after indeed happens to everyone. We just make our own version of it. Sometimes we don't recognize it because it's different from what we expect and from what we see in others but it does happen. It took me 3 decades to finally see this beautiful truth but it's worth the journey.
At your age, what has been the best thing to happen to you?
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