12.02.2015 was for me, a very special day for it was the day that I turned 30.
I don't know why, but the rest of the world seemed so stressed out to be entering their thirties. And because that stress (for me at least) seems a little unwarranted, I tried my best not to jump onto that very stressful bandwagon.
After all, growing older really is inevitable, isn't it?
On that day, I took a day off from work, like I always try to do every year. Only this year, I didn't have any "birthday plans", so to speak.
That day wasn't about blowing candles off my cake or celebrating with a hundred balloons. Instead, it was spent embracing the growing up that had to come with that age. (But of course the mini celebration with the husband and little something something he got me was very much appreciated! Ehehehe)
If I had to describe that day into a single word, it would be - "Apt".
Some time last year, I admit that I did wonder about what is expected out of a 30-year old; whether there are milestones that I needed to reach, or any achievements that I needed to unlock, a certain number of children that I should already have or a certain salary that I should be paid.
And honestly, it worried me if I wasn't thirty enough.
That was until I met some of my friends who have had the luxury of travelling the world, to whom I expressed my envy, only to be told how lucky I actually was to be coming back to a home, a husband and a cheeky baby every single day. Because for them, travelling was a way to fulfill the life they wished they had, which is mine.
It made me realise that success really is a matter of utmost subjectivity. There is no one definition that could rightly fit a 30-year old and everyone is measured on their own measuring scale and device of choice.
If you're happy and you know it, that is all that really matters.
And like I've said more times than I care to remember in my older posts, when I vowed to make my happiness my own responsibility, it took me to greater heights; higher than I've ever imagined.
For that, Alhamdulillah.
I am now 30 and I'm welcoming it with a big warm hug.
And Alhamdulillah, the unlocking of some personal achievements too.