30 Laps Around The Sun

dont trust anyone over 30

I’ve officially made it 30 laps around the sun.

It’s going to be tough not being able to trust myself, now that I’m old. I’ve become ‘the system’. If somebody would have told teenage me I was going to join the military, I’d have asked them for some of whatever drugs they were on.

My 20′s were weird, so I’m sure that my 30′s are going to be completely normal. I guarantee that I won’t regret typing that – no, sir.

My wife is giving me a ton of shit. It’s payback for all the crap I pulled on her. She is a little over a year older than I am. I told her that she was a ‘cougar’ and a ‘cradle robber’, and that I felt like a ‘grave robber’ for the extreme age disparity. I had numbers to back me up.

When she turned 30, she was ‘in her 30′s’. I kept telling her that this was actually her fourth decade, though. [noughts, teens, twenties, thirties].

I relentlessly reminded her, “Now that you’re 30, you’re 40. You’re on your fourth decade. A decade is 10 years. And you’re with a dashing young man in his twenties!”

She would roll her eyes. Then she would grimace as if she were jotting down some sort of mental note to get back at me in a year or so. I’m doomed.

In case you haven’t seen it yet – here’s a much better ‘birthday song’. It’s by atheist and RBB: Fort Bragg performer, Jeffrey Lewis. He recounts major milestones on his way to old age (he’s not old in real life though). I know that usually when a blogger posts some music video it just means “click the hell off that blog!” This one is special, I promise.

‘Back When I Was Four’

www.youtube.com/embed/uFGVMsoVHPc

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  • A Hermit

    Welcome to the Establishment; your complimentary toaster oven is in the mail!

    Just remember; we’re only young once, but we can be childish forever…

  • http://www.oolon.co.uk/ oolon

    Happy Birthday! My wife is a few years younger than me and likes to mention I’m nearer 40 than 30 these days… She better watch out as time makes fools of us all! Although our daughter wins, she was four this Sunday, and makes us both feel ancient at times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.stricklin josephstricklin

    Welcome to the dirty thirties. Time to get your swerve on!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rockbeyondbelief/ Justin Griffith

      I picked a bad decade to quit drinking!

      “Drink free for the big # three” Not quite as catchy as ‘dirty thirty’

  • Crudely Wrott

    You’ll find your thirties interesting and your forties worthwhile. Your fifties will be delightful and your sixties, well, I’m just getting started on mine. I’ll be sixty and two in April. Come back in eight years and I’ll let you know what to expect.

    Of course, my observations are all based on hindsight. You never know what you got until it’s gone. Years, decades of living are no different. Best bet? Treasure each day.

  • Bob Dowling

    Thirty years old is a state of mind. There’s nothing wrong with being 29 years and 12 months old.

    I can speak with a measure of confidence, having had 219 months experience of being 29 years old.


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