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