Today is a special day for me. Of course, today marks the birth of my first love and I am still smitten by him. But that has for the first time in so many years become secondary. Today is the last day of my life….. In my twenties. After today I will never be a 20’s girl ever. Why? Well, tomorrow marks the beginning of a new era. I am turning 30 tomorrow or rather tonight when the needles of my wall clock will unite in joy marking the beginning of 9th July 2014. In their unison,20’s will fade away and 30’s will be standing by my bedside for me to open my eyes and welcome it with a piece of cake. I don’t know why people make such a fuss about turning 30. And I certainly DO NOT believe in the "30 is the new 20" fad. In fact turning 30 can have its own rewards. I am glad no one will walk up to me and give me un-necessary gyaan about procreating before 30. And you have no clue how relieved it feels to know that. Or maybe you do.
Am I sad? No way. Am I sacred? Not at all. I am rather excited, thrilled, and eager to know what my life holds for me, now. I recall clearly how excited I was on my 20th birthday. I was no more a teenager, which by all means meant that my parents would take me seriously, I would have a say in many decisions, and so many other civil liberties. But nobody told me that life will get tougher, that I will falter on many occasions, that I will meet wrong people, that I will trust cheats, that I will make wrong choices, etc etc. But then all of this also meant that I will sail through all this, that I will dust myself and get up, that I will rise to the occasion, that I will learn the importance of family and true friends, that I will discover the real me, away from the qualm and quacks of the deceiving world, that ultimately I will meet the right people, and that ultimately I will learn to differentiate right from wrong. Last one decade has been eventful. Life changed quite a bit. I was done with my degrees, started working, welcomed my darling little niece, fell in love and married R, Dad retired from his professional life, and my little brother completed his masters with flying colors and is now settled in a job, he thoroughly enjoys. I also moved base from Mumbai to another beautiful city, made some deep friendships, and came closer to God.
You see, while I was in my early twenties, I made desperate attempts to get myself accepted. Agree or not, we all do this. I looked around for approval from people. I felt sad when people did not accept me the way I was. So I made more attempts and camouflaged myself beneath the unruly opinions of other. And then came a point when I decided to say “FO” and as I slowly moved to my late twenties, I became clearer. Today, I know exactly what I want from life. I am no more deceived by the glitz and glamour of the world Now, I no longer require someone to approve of my dress, or my choices, or my opinions, or my looks, or anything for that matter. I wear what I like; I do what I want, what makes me happy. I certainly seek advice from my loved ones every now and then and I am so blessed that they are with me to guide and enlighten me, always. I have started counting my blessings more often. May be I have become wiser. May be, just may be and this is exactly why I am not scared of aging. Age brings wisdom. It certainly does.
So as I close a chapter, I am excited about this new one that I am about to begin. Are you sailing in the same boat as mine? Wish you loads and loads of luck and love. Let us cheer loudly and say, “Bring it on 30. I am ready for this adventure.” And if anyone makes a fuss about it, just turn to them and say, I am now an improved and updated version of myself.”
Meanwhile, I want to wish a very happy birthday to one of the best Captains, Indian Cricket Team has ever seen - Sourav Ganguly aka Dada. You were, are, and will always be my most favorite cricketer and my first love.