CHINA CONSTRUCTS | Louise Nichole Logarta
Another year, another journey around the sun. As I write this, I’m an hour away from my thirtieth birthday.
Watching my batchmates turn thirty on Instagram and Facebook the past year and this year only reminded me that I, too, was turning thirty this year. In the weeks leading up to my birthday, I started thinking about all the things I learned in the most recent decade of my life.
In 2011, when I was 20, I was admittedly a party girl. I could drink every night and still wake up for class the next morning. My friends and I, we all could. Today, we can barely imagine lasting before midnight. At the time, 30 years old seemed a long, long way off. And I guess in a way, it was? I grew up a lot in the ten years between then and now. I learned to slow down and the feeling of missing out when my other friends were out having fun. I learned that there was a time for everything.
When I was 20, I told myself I wanted to be married by 28. Back then, I said to myself that eight years was still a ways down the road. I could totally find my partner for life in eight years, right? Little did I know that I had a lot of personal growth to experience before being ready for a real relationship. As I’m getting married early next year, I’m just two years off my target age, only I actually prefer it this way. I feel more prepared at this age.
As I turn 30 this year, I would like to share a few things I’ve learned – and STILL learning – in the past 10 years:
• Quality trumps quantity, especially when it comes to friends. The ones who matter will stay in your life, no matter what.
• Your parents have some stories to tell. To hear them, you just have to sit down and listen.
• Always, always wear sunscreen.
• Sleep is NOT for the weak.
• Budgeting and saving money is key.
• Invest in your health, and yourself.
• Exercise, even if it’s just for 20 minutes a day.
• Whatever you do, do your best. Success is not guaranteed or handed to you. Success is earned.
• Take things one day at a time.
• Be yourself, unapologetically.
I heard it in a movie once: “Enjoy yourself – that’s what your 20s are for. Your 30s are to learn the lessons. And your 40s are to pay for the drinks!”
Can’t wait to find out what there is to learn in my 30s, which I will gladly share in another ten years, as I’m paying for these hypothetical drinks. Thirty cheers for thirty years!