Monday, September 07, 2009

three decades


i'll admit, i cried a little last night. i'm not sure if it was because i was sad about turning thirty, or stress about school starting the next day, or gratitude for this last decade of life that has been so great. probably all three. it wasn't a bad cry. but i found myself approaching this birthday with a fair amount of trepidation, 30. so big. so not in my 20's anymore. yipes. it's funny as a kid i never gave much thought to planning out my life, but i did have one goal- to have my first kid at age 25 so i would be 30 when they started kindergarten. i'm not sure why. and that obviously didn't happen. but lots of things happened i didn't expect, and that are great, i made a list in my journal last night of all the things i experienced, did, or was blessed with in my 20's. it is a pretty great list. my 20's were wonderful. i graduated from undergrad and grad school. i served a mission for a year and a half. i lived in italy for a year. i traveled to 9 different countries. i learned to knit. i was a librarian in three different libraries. i bought a car. i was in love, and broken hearted. i met scores of wonderful people and am lucky to still call them friends. i kept friendships from before my 20's alive. i started a girl's ranch. i spent more nights outside than i can ever count. i got my sweet kitty reuben (you love that kate). i grew spiritually, intellectually, emotionally. i was blessed daily with all that i need. there were lots more things on the list, but these are the standouts. so thank you to all of you for being a part of my 20's, i feel incredibly blessed for such a rich wonderful life. thanks especially to those two hippies who raised me. and to god for giving me all that i have. xo
p.s. this song in from an album my dad gave me for my birthday!

7 comments:

Ann Marie said...

happy birthday! what a lovely and full life you've had so far! can't wait to see what the 30's hold for you...

Cindy said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I've loved being in my 30s. You will too. I wish you all the happiness in the world.

The Baker's Goods said...

Happy Birthday Zina! You've spent your years well!

Jenny said...

Happy Birtdhay sweet Zina!! xoxo

Lindsey P said...

you have had so many adventures, it makes a girl like me jealous. I love you! happy birthday.

kel said...

happy 30 years Zi! so glad to have met you and grown to be your friend in this last decade. indeed you are one of my favorite people in this world.

Hailey said...

Zina! I was reminded in bunches of ways about your birthday. Happy Birthday, fellow Virgo. :)
Last night you came up in conversation and my friend Mary Clift got all excited and wanted to set you up on a blind date.
Oh? I said, Well I don't know...
She went on to tell me that they guy is really into guns.
Ummm, guns? Does he like to shoot? or kill things? Oh, both.
Hmmmm.
He is also sorta conservative.
Oh? Politically?
Yeah, he can get a little hot headed.
Oh. I'm not sure that would work. Zina is pretty connected to the Democratic party. She's pretty, and pretty Cool.
Add to your list that you didn't get divorced, locked up, tattooed etc. The 30's are the best. xox