These past ten months have been one big birthday celebration.
As the last year of my 20s approached, a desire cropped up to dust off the cobwebs of life and travel. Ultimately this manifested into what other western societies call a ‘gap year’ – only in my (older) case, the proper term might be a ‘career-break’.
Keep in mind, my 20s were filled with the usual school, jobs, running, living in 3 cities in 3 states, owning & selling a home, friendship, love and heartbreak. My 20s were full of life.
Which is why shaking off the cobwebs and pursuing this dream was vital. I’m so different than I was at 20 or 25. What I’m excited to do now, I might not be willing or able to do at 60, let alone 35 (never know). These experiences now will impact me for the rest of my life in ways I haven’t even begun to process. Travel will always be a part of my life, but being able to journey on a RTW adventure at 29 & 30 has been the perfect gift.
The actual day of my birthday I spent in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo running errands and relocating closer to Mount Kinabalu. It was an average day (even a flat tire), with the exception that Josh completely altered his travel plans so I’d have company and surprised me with a delicious cake, candles and all. The next day we hiked Mount Kinabalu and reached the summit in time to catch the sunrise, on what would be my first full day in Club 30 (central time zone!).
30.1? I was too exhausted to notice.
As to those lingering 30 Before 30 goals…I came close! And since I’m making the rules up here, I’ve given myself until I turn 31 to pick up a few more. After that it will be time to create a new bucket list, maybe 3+5 Before 35! From summit peaks to Skyping with family, generating this list was a creative way to nudge me against complacency and I plan to keep it up. Cheers to being 30!