It is almost 6 months since I started to create Becoming Thirty and I would like to share with you all how this venture actually came to be.
At the end of last year I was lucky enough to spend a couple of months of my incredibly fortunate life, doing something that many consider a luxury – reflecting.
Powerful exercise reflection.
Whether by accident or not, this period of contemplation coincided with the arrival of my 30th birthday.
As well as my impending anniversary, I had just made a long-distance relocation from Western Australia to Victoria, committed to an entirely different lifestyle (one that was stationary and not transient) and was between jobs – hence the time to ponder.
On December 11, 2011, I celebrated my 30th birthday and committed to making some changes in my life.
So what? What’s the big deal? We do it every year, right? On New Year’s Day we make resolutions that most of us rarely keep. I am no stranger to the unfulfilled New Year’s resolution.
But this time I knew it was different. It was time. I was ready!
I had the opportunity to start something new and wonderful, I just had to figure out what it was.
In the days following my birthday I began to fashion my thoughts into a singular idea. That singular idea became Becoming Thirty.
What is Becoming Thirty? Becoming Thirty is my motivator for self-development and community engagement. The idea is to ‘create’ myself – not ‘find’ myself, to re-discover and re-invigorate my dreams, helping others and the community along the way.
All my knowing years I have had this niggle, this primeval need or yearning, if you like, to do something ‘meaningful’ with my life. Sounds vague, I know. And it was a vague feeling, an urge that I mostly suppressed for numerous reasons – I didn’t understand it; I believed it to be evil, frightening, abnormal; and I felt hopelessly incapable of exploring the emotions and thoughts surrounding it.
I was afraid to trust my instincts.
When I look back now I can see that during the years that I ignored or pushed away this unidentified urge, I was confused, lonely and depressed. In contrast, when embracing the urge – I felt energetic, purposeful and content.
The last 6 month period has been one of the most exhilarating, eye-opening and intense periods of my life. I have learnt many things but even more empowering is the fact that I have discovered within me those things that I already held true, but struggled to act on.
Without the practice of reflection, I may never have come to this realisation or begun this journey.
Hence my advice for the day:
Stop. Take some time out. Revisit your dreams. Reset your course for contentment.
Thank-you for reading, please feel free to share your own stories about reflection, life changes, dreams or whatever you fancy!