29: The Child

I turn 30 in 12 months.

But it doesn’t feel like I’m turning 29 today. More like I’m turning a-year-away-from-30. 29 has always been so inconsequential. One step on a staircase before setting foot on a landing.

Self portrait at 29


The thing is, I’m not sure what’s supposed to happen when hit 30. I expect something big, but I don’t know what exactly. Like I have yet to open my eyes to something. Maybe because 30 has always been adult territory in my mind, not 18.

So if I still feel like I haven’t grown up yet, is something going to happen in this year? Something to make me feel like an adult by the time November 13 hits in 2010?

I turn 30 in 12 months, and I don’t know what to expect.

The Turning 30 Series


  1. Happy Bday dude!

  2. Happy Birthday!

    Hmmm… Didn’t hobbits come-of-age when they turned 30 in Tolkien’s little modern fables; so maybe you can look forward to climbing Mount Doom at some point in the near future.


  3. I can tell you from experience…it’s just another day :)

    Happy Birthday!

  4. Turning 30 still felt as young as ever, just like going into another young phase.
    Happy Birthday :)

  5. happy birthday, jeff!!!

  6. Happy Birthday Jeff. I was majorly depressed when I turned 30, because I was no longer a “20something.” But then I realized I am as young as I feel. :)

  7. hey, happy BD!

    30s will be just a number. think of it in hexadecimal. 1E isn’t so scary.

  8. Happy birthday! I’m staring down the barrel of 30 soon myself, so I definitely know where you’re coming from.

  9. Happy birthday! (Sorry I’m late) I really didn’t want to turn 29 mostly because I know 30 is next. But so far this has been such a crappy year, I’m looking forward to the next and will try to embrace it as best as I can. I still remember turning 16, 18, 21… 25… I can’t believe how quickly the years go by. That’s when you realize you’re old and that life is way too short :(

  10. hey jeff happy birthday from mel ally and i ,were sorry we couldent make it down to see ya and clearly were off by a day im sorry bro ill make it up when i see ya hope u had a blast

  11. Happy 30, dude! The 10-year markers I’ve found so far to be the most interesting ones. Possibly it’s because of MMORPGs, where level 20 and 40 are the significant ones. And 30, to some extent. When I turned 40, I was so excited because it was the YEAR OF RECKONING, and I’d felt I’d learned something finally.

    • Hahahahh…that’s so funny, but I completely understand how a game can affect the way one views one’s life. I can’t even imagine hitting 40 right now.

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