Tomorrow I will turn 30. Seems like a big thing, right?
And I suppose it is. But rather than being upset at this milestone of life, I took the chance to reflect back a bit, and I think I’ve come a long way!
In my thirty years so far, I’ve gotten an excellent education, a BA and an MA, I can read and speak multiple languages, and I’ve traveled to amazing places and all over these United States- though not quite to all 50 yet! I’ve been scuba diving and sky diving, I’ve road-tripped and cycled, I’ve played all kinds of sports, I do roller derby, and I’ve camped and climbed and hiked for days. I’ve taken the fleece from a sheep and created garments, I’ve cooked and baked, brewed, and even made cheeses; I’ve sung for hundreds of people at once, I’ve been on TV, I’ve been the opening model in a fashion show, I have danced and acted and reveled in the applause after a show or a tour. I have fallen in love and out of love, I’ve been married, divorced, engaged, heartsore and broken, hopeful and happy. I have been single and lived alone. I have lived with complete strangers and friends and crazy housemates. I have moved away from everyone I knew and started over. I have had some lovely pets, including my fur babies Haley (now gone from my side) and my dear Tessa:
I have amazing friends, a supportive and loving family, awesome coworkers at my great job, and a crazy bunch of internet peeps who listen to me (I’m looking at you LSG!). I have taken these two lovely ladies dress shopping more than I can even count!
I know that I want to keep traveling, keep experiencing everything I can. I want to keep learning, to keep singing, to keep loving life. I didn’t fill out a pre-30 checklist or anything like that; I just lived. And tomorrow will be a beautiful day!
Lots of changes have happened. I started this as an experiment, to see how it would look and feel, if I wanted to keep posting, what I wanted to write…and I had a partner who was interested in writing with me. Maybe doing a joint adventure blog or something. Which I think still sounds pretty cool, but I’m on my own for this leg of the adventure! You never know, maybe I’ll get lucky and there will be someone else who is interested in something like this. Or not. Either way, adventure!
In the meantime, no worries. You make your own luck and it is a sunshine-tastic day here in Boulder. The summer is going well; I took a trip to NYC, and have made a couple trips to St. Louis already. It’s getting closer to canning time, I’m enjoying grill season, and planning a bbq in another couple weeks. I’m doing my first 5k, the Bubble Run in Denver. I’m still skating with Derby Lite Boulder County. The world is good.
Yesterday, I got in just over 20 miles on my bicycle. Actually, all of my bikes were on the road that day (excepting my mountain bike) as my wonderful fellow had buddies in town who wanted to come along. With gusts up to 50mph, we had some downhill slopes that felt like the worst uphill you’ve ever slogged through. When we turned out of the wind at last, I felt like I hardly had to pedal at all to fly up that first hill.
We rode to breakfast in the morning at Lucille’s, then back home for a quick nap and prep for the longer ride. We went the long way around from Longmont to Hygiene, looping back through Longmont to head to Oskar Blues, then from OB to Left Hand Brewery (where Team Paddle dominated at bean-bags), and finally on to home.
Saturday, we snowboarded the last day at Eldora. What an end to my first season! As soon as I check out the videos/pictures from my GoPro, I may pick some fun ones out to post.
And now, we are back to the real world, which means work. And even more snow, surprisingly enough. A different kind of April shower, right?