Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Growing Up

On the radio this afternoon I was listening to some talk radio, and one host, the older one, was giving the younger one a hard time about turning 30. He also said, "you turn 30, turn around once, and then all of a sudden you're double that age." And I'm sure most people reading this would probably agree.

On my birthday a week ago, my friend texted wishing me a happy day, and said something like, shouldn't we still be 18? I can't believe that I first met her when I was actually 18. Can't believe that's 14 years ago.

It's actually happening. The getting older thing. You know how I can tell? The subject of my conversations lately. Today I was talking to my bestie, and we got through the usual stuff about work and school stuff, family things, but then we started talking about kids, and I was telling him about the Go Crib that a friend of ours was telling us about last night, and then all of a sudden I'm realizing, holy mackerel, I'm in such a different position than I was in just 2 years ago.

When you're single, all you talk about is dating - who you're interested in, why things are so awesome, or the opposite of all that, why things stink, why is so and so making it so difficult. You talk about friends, or what you're doing for the summer.

You get married, you get a little older, and then you're talking kids, parenting, career and really important things.

The funny thing is, I wouldn't trade 32 for 30 or 25, or 18 or almost any other age. (Although I might trade it for 14 because what's better than playing roller hockey and soccer all day everyday like I did at that age, right?) Honestly, though, I don't think there could be a more exciting time. Amy and I are going to have a baby, and I'm about to start a program wherein the current students who are complete strangers to me light up when talking about it. That's great sign, right?

It really is that way, though. All the things that you worry about seem to take so long while going through them, but then you turn around, and all of a sudden more things change than you ever thought possible. It's crazy how that happens.


Laura said...

It's something g I think about all the time...how did I all of a sudden become a full fledged grown up in charge of a handful of other humans. Yeah I can't believe I've known you for 14 years. But you are right, life is good and it's all about enjoying each season

Lisa said...

Love your journaling, Chris.