On turning 30

Published: 2019-06-19

Today I'm 30 years old. Thinking about this day in particular made me want to write something.

Today I have no special plans. What should I do for my 30th?

🛸 Take a vacation?

This would be quite appealing, but not nearly as much so now that I'm living in Taiwan. I'm essentially where I want to be for now. I'm not on a beach as I write this, so there's still plenty of room for vacationing, but the drive to immediately jump ship for somewhere more tropical or novel is simply not there. I'm happy here.

🤑 Buy something?

Also plenty of options here. There are a bunch of material things I'd like to have, but nothing pressing. Nothing I want so bad that I simply need to go out and get it immediately.

The most important bits are all taken care of:

  • Comfortable place to live
  • Access to delicious food
  • Computer + phone (i.e. electronics to meet my needs)
  • Gym membership
  • Access to a social circle, events

All my basic needs are met so all the various things I might buy just don't feel pressing enough.

🥂 Go out and party?

The classic! I have certainly done this one on many past birthdays and I'm sure there will be many more nights of revelry in the future. There's just no need for a reason to revel—if I want to go out I will and tonight I don't feel the desire.

🧘‍♂️ In closing

To be clear, I haven't decided that I'm now too old, too mature, too whatever for any of the above, I just don't feel the need to do something special as I once did.

In a sense, everything feels to be on track, and that's the best birthday gift I could wish for.


About me

I'm Ian. I'm a software engineer. Here are some things I'm into: javascript, functional programming, simplicity, Mandarin. If you want to chat you can find me on Twitter and GitHub.


PrevAll Posts