A note on turning 29

I turn 29 today.

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{Nothing new here, I’m still blind + cross-eyed.}

I’ve never grappled with birthdays or the idea of turning a year older; in fact I’ve always felt quite young. Yet, this birthday feels different. Turning 29 feels so…adult.

Perhaps it’s because I recently read “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How To Make the Most of Them Now,” by Meg Jay, PhD. When I finished the book, my initial thought was, “WHY DIDN’T SOMEONE MAKE ME READ THIS WHEN I WAS TWENTY-TWO??” Our “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter but in reality, they matter a lot

Our 20s are the defining decade of adulthood. 80% of life’s most defining moments take place by about age 35. 2/3 of lifetime wage growth happens during the first ten years of a career. More than half of Americans are married or are dating or living with their future partner by age 30. Personality can change more during our 20s than at any other decade in life. Female fertility peaks at 28. The brain caps off its last major growth spurt. When it comes to adult development, 30 is not the new 20. Even if you do nothing, not making choices is a choice all the same. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do.

Hmmm, only 365 days left in my twenties…better get to it. And until then, 29 awesome things about turning 29.

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