This past Monday was my 31st birthday.
When I turned 30 last year, it still felt like I was teeter-tottering on the line between my 20s and 30s, but now there’s no doubt that I’m officially in my 30s and steadily climbing on up.
Surprisingly, though, I feel pretty good about it.
When I was younger, turning 30 was something I dreaded. I viewed it as the age when people started settling down and placing their dreams aside for a more practical life — one centered around starting a family and raising kids.
Now there’s nothing wrong with this lifestyle, and in fact, many of my friends are following this path and leading awesome lives. However, I’ve come to realize that not everyone’s lives need to fit this mold. I was always concerned that when I hit my 30s, I would have to quit my pursuit of a career in music and focus more on a conventional career. But now that I’m here, I can see it doesn’t have to be that way.
Age really is just a number. Barring physical limitations, I should be able to continue pursuing my dreams well into my 30s, and in a broader sense, throughout the rest of my life.
There are many successful creatives who are in their 30s and 40s that I respect and admire. They are still going stronger than ever, and that gives me confidence and hope that I can achieve the same.
I believe the key is to continue being open to new ideas and trends, and staying passionate and excited about the work. One thing I definitely want to avoid is becoming jaded, especially with what the younger generation is creating. Instead, it’s important that I be excited for both their work and mine as we navigate the creative landscape that we are building together.
I’m looking forward to what this year will bring!