The 30-Year Old Geek

My thoughts on turning 30 – good and bad.

This week I celebrated my 30th birthday. I’d been in two minds about it, but I’m now decided it’s fairly cool.

First of all, it’s a nice round number, and if there’s one thing us OCD maths fans appreciate, it’s a good round number.

But apart from that, I had a weird memory of something the other day.

30 years old and still taking selfies. To be fair though, I didn't really start doing them til last year.

30 years old and still taking selfies. To be fair though, I didn’t really start doing them til last year.

The year was…well, okay, let’s not get into that. But I was at college one time, listening to a Media Studies lecture, when I got to a weird thought.

In 2015, I’ll be 30 years old. But that’s absolutely miles away, why am I even thinking about it?

Well, it happened, and I don’t know why but I still remember myself thinking that thought and dismissing it. True enough, it really was that long ago, and even the year itself seemed all distant and practically science fiction. You know why they named the comic 2000AD when it was created in 1977? Because they didn’t think the comic would still be around by then, and it was some fantastical year that nobody dared dream about.

Just like that, I didn’t dare imagine where I’d be in the year 2015, when I would turn 30. In college I’d made a pretty decent music video for a project with my friends (think Jackass meets garage band performance…no, actually in a garage, the song was punk) and harboured some sort of thought that that was what I could do with my life. (I recently uncovered the video, and after getting ripped off at Max Spielmann’s, was able to get it converted to DVD. It definitely holds up.)

Joey Friends turning 30

It’s not so bad, Joey.

As it turns out, I’m still rather undecided what I really want to do with my life. It somehow involves the written word, though, and it’s partly through blogging that I’ve realised this. For once though I’m just glad that things have opened up for me, when for the longest time it’s just been about surviving the day.

30 is supposed to be some massive milestone isn’t it; time to stop dicking about and settle down, basically. But I don’t see why getting a year older should be the slap in the face you think it should. If you wanna heed it as a warning, that’s cool, but don’t let it stop you living your life, if that’s the live you wanna live.

(I should put that on a coaster or a t-shirt or something.)

There are a lot of things I’m thankful for this week as I start a new era in my life, and one of them is the fact that it’s a new era; I’ve got to say, the majority of my twenties was pretty bloody bleak, and it just so happens that I’m arriving out of that particularly dark tunnel just in time to start my thirties.

I’m actually excited about the future, and it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way. Between now and February 2025 I aim to absolutely destroy.

That particular destruction begins tomorrow with many drinks with many friends. If you see me at the bar, mine’s a pint of John Smiths. Here’s to thirty.

4 thoughts on “The 30-Year Old Geek

  1. I went 31 there a couple of weeks back. 30 is still very fresh in my mind, and to be honest with you, I wasn’t at all totally sure how I felt about it. You seem to have come to a nice, healthy conclusion there all by your lonesome, so I won’t add much. I will say though, that “settling” down is a ridiculous phrase in this day and age that means next to nothing, that I still don’t know what I want to do with my life, either, and that turning 30 taught me nothing other than the fact that life is feckin’ short and we should be doing what makes us happy. Failing that, passably content is acceptable. 😉

    Happy birthday, dude.

  2. My view on the thirties (I’m 31, 32 this October) is the same as my sister’s: You look just as you did in your 20s but you have a decade worth of experiences and wisdom.

    I honestly don’t see the milestone. It’s just a number. Age is a thing of the mind as much as the body. Which is why I will always be a child at heart. I don’t understand that notion that on hitting 30 your priorities, tastes and feelings need to change. Those things come naturally over the course of your life. They don’t happen when you’ve hit the number.

    In RPG terms, you’ve just gained a new level and with it come benefits, not flaws. You’re still you, just now you have 30 levels worth of experience to tackle new ideas and projects and challenges! 🙂

    Happy belated birthday my friend!

  3. I believe 30 is a good age. I’m at the “ripe” age of 26 (I think… I forget my age a lot). I have so much stuff I want to do and get done in my life (write books, blog more, play more games), and I will get to it when I can afford to.

    Right now, my goal is to get my GF through college (and law school) so we can have a wonderful life after that. The older you get, the better games you remember. The older you get, the times you can reflect on can either make you happy or sad. The older you get, the wiser you get.

    Happy Belated Bday! I hope you had a great one!

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