Turning 30 not that terrible

By Chris Schmaedeke, QCS managing editor

Milestone birthdays are something that can be dreaded or welcomed.

Whether it is turning 18, 21, 40, 50, 60 or whatever it may be, age is something that can get to a person and weigh on a person’s mind.

I am facing this problem today.

Yep, I am turning 30 today. The big 3-0.

I am going to be 30 on Dec. 30. That’s 30 on 30 as my wife has called it.

Now 20 seems like it was such a long time ago.

Now do I welcome or dread my birthday this year? That is a difficult question. There is a part of me that screams “Oh no, not 30.” And there is that part of me that says “30 is not that bad.”

So what approach do I take? I turn to a song, which I love to do, that has given me thoughts on this since the day I heard it.

Country star Tim McGraw’s “My next 30 years” is the song that I am using when looking at my 30th birthday. It’s about putting the past behind you and looking at the next 30 years of your life. Only the best is yet to come.

The first line in the song talks about celebrating your age. So right off the bat I don’t know what to do. I have told people that my birthday is just another day and just because I am turning 30 there needs to be no hoopla or anything.

There will not be any crazy party or anything, but I will have dinner and drinks with my beautiful wife. That is all the celebrating I want to do.

Another lyric from the song talks about “conquering your adolescent fears.” There is no real definition on when adolescence begins and ends but 30 might just be a good number.

People say you are officially an adult when you turn 18 but I am pretty sure I did some pretty stupid childish stuff after the age of 18. Adolescence may not last to 30 but becoming an adult may happen at 30.

I can go down the route of saying I will get healthier and eat better and lose weight. I don’t have to turn 30 to want to do that. I want to be healthier and in better shape than I am and my birthday has nothing to do with it.

The next 30 years will have plenty of steps for me. I have dreams of becoming the best husband I can be and starting a family and being a good father. Age really is just a number and that is the way I am going to look at it. Just another step in a life that is full of them.

Would I have changed anything from my first 30 years? Maybe a few things here and there, but all things happen for a reason. Things that happened in my first 30 years are going to shape what happens in my next 30 years.

Thanks Tim McGraw (and my wife Stephanie and my mom), for shedding a little light on what I thought was going to be a terrible and scary birthday.