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Love your decade.

Monday, November 05, 2012

I remember the day I turned 20. I was in my college dorm room reading a card from my mom. She wrote about how excited she was for me to be in my 20s. She listed all the major things that happened to her in that decade. And my 20s were fun and certainly memorable: graduated from college, lived abroad, grad school, lived with my best friend and had more girls nights out than I can count, met DH, got my first teaching job, got married, bought a condo together. Many many happy moments.

But when I think about what I may say to my daughter someday, I think about my 30s. I became a mother. I became a runner. And those two things have made me the woman that I am proud to be. An ease, a confidence, a make every day count attitude has evolved over the last few years. And here's the best part: I turned 34 last week. I still got lots of 30s left to go!

And there's this quiet piece of me that now understands that life will keep getting better. As long as I keep putting work and love and positivity into in. I need to give it to myself. (And running has helped me do that in ways that I could never imagined.) I need to give it to others. We're an inter-connected species and I feel that we all get more when we give more.

I read Spark blogs everyday. They make me smile, make me think, and inspire me. What a community we have. A group of people working towards making their own lives better, their families stronger, their friends healthier. No matter the age. It seems that what connects us all is that we're all just trying to love who we are and take care of each other.

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    Great story. The 40s aren't bad either.
    1918 days ago
    you are one smart young lady - i don't think i was aware of much in my 30s; i was too busy getting through life, young children, and my husband's newly started medical practice. i remember it was my 40s that i first consciously loved - but i have to say that my 50s (when i became a runner) and my 60s have been great, too! with your attitude you have many great years and decades to look forward to!
    1943 days ago
    What a beautiful blog! And what a beautiful woman. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me. Happy late birthday.... I hope you got to run and feel the joy.
    1955 days ago

    Thank you for this lovely, uplifting blog. Beautiful !
    1958 days ago
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    Love this Blog! Have to say my 50's are going great because "I "decided at 48 that they would be!! I want to continue to stay active and run & do what I am so grateful I CAN do!
    1958 days ago
    You are such an inspiration! I want to be like you when I grow up. I've got you trumped on age by a few months, but you've got me trumped on wisdom. I really, really admire your attitude!
    1959 days ago
    Happy Belated birthday my friend.

    I LOVE how you sat back and took a look at what life means to you-the important things like being a mother and your health. I am the exact same way, something happens( a birthday) and I appreciate where I am now and where I am headed.

    I have said many times(and said it just today actually) that I am finally becoming the person I was always meant to be. I am excited to be 34(I AM 34) and cannot wait for what all the rest of the 30's have to offer.

    Cheers to 34 years....its a great age...I hope all that you want to be, you become:)

    PS-Maya Angelou is one of the wisest people I don't know-ha-completely enjoy her. When she speaks, I stop and listen.

    1962 days ago
    emoticon BELATED of course!

    So true. I am celebrating a birthday this week and I am still cruising along in my 30s (33!) and share many of the sentiments that you feel. Good times that's for sure!
    1962 days ago
    What a beautiful piece!! Thank you for the warm smile this morning. I'm thinking a lot about this as I turn 29 next month and am really looking forward to being in my 30s because of who I will be as a runner during that decade. Thanks for sharing so thoughtfully!!
    1962 days ago
    1962 days ago
    Awesome blog! My 30s are almost over. Which sometimes feels bittersweet. Your blog has me looking forward to what I can do in the next 10 years!
    1962 days ago
    Love the images and the sentiments. I'm hitting 40 in March and am wondering what that next decade will bring for me. There was a time I was nervous about it, now I'm getting a little excited because I just know it's going to be good!
    1962 days ago
    Beautiful picture, wise quotes, heart-touching words.
    Thank you for brightening up my morning.
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    1962 days ago
    You are wise beyond your 30's!!!! ~
    Thank You for your inspiration!
    As someone half way through her 50's I can honestly say life does get better.... and you get out of it what you put into it!!!! It won't always be good, but that wouldn't make us stronger (and run faster!)

    Thank You So Much!! Patty
    1963 days ago
    1963 days ago
    awesome blog! Thanks for the constant inpiration!
    1963 days ago
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