The Perpetual Vagabond

Exploring the world near and far, mostly on foot.


Today is my Birthday.

I’m turning 31.

When I was young I never thought past 26, which was the age I pictured as being an “adult”. I didn’t realize then that adulthood was much more a process of evolution and transformation than a static end in itself.

I didn’t realize the differences between 26 and 31 and how much I would grow and learn in that time. I didn’t realize that growing up was a beautiful journey that I would actually enjoy and that with each passing year I would find more strength and comfort in myself and my choices.

I did remember when my mother turned 30 she said it was the best day of her life and that for many of the adults around me, their 30’s seemed to transform them into much more stable, kind and centered people. So, getting older was never something I dreaded or tried to avoid.

But, this year feels like monumentally an un-monumental day. There is nothing particularly interesting about 31, nothing special, nothing new. I’m just another year older. Another year to try to get as much out of my life as I can. And to be honest I feel blessed that I have made it this far, as many people don’t. I am grateful for my health and my community. And I am hopeful that this year will bring opportunities for me to expand my creative potential and continue to find new outlets as a photographer and traveler.

I’ve always liked events that mark the passage of time and celebrate life, so birthday’s have always felt quite special to me, but the more time that passes and the quicker it seems to speed up as I age, the less ready I am to mark the years as they go by. So instead of throwing myself a big party or doing something extravagant, this year I think I am going to go for a walk in the sunshine, take some deep breaths and see if I can get time to slow down just a little for the day so I can soak in the feeling of having one more year on this earth.







9 responses to “31”

  1. bookzine Avatar

    Thanks for sharing – Have a Great Birthday.

  2. twoaussiesabroad Avatar

    I really like this. It rings very true with how I feel about getting older too.

  3. RedRoadDiaries Avatar

    Happy Birthday, and looking back from the other side of 65 I can tell you the time doesn’t slow down. The days become years and then decades. But it’s a lovely journey. Each decision you make, each turn in the road, shapes who you become. Keep learning, exploring and creating that’s what will keep you young.

  4. viviennemackie Avatar

    Always keep in mind that age is a relative thing, and it’s also so true that one is really only as old as one feels. I know people of 30 (or 31!) who look and act old, and others who are 80, and you’d never believe that, cos they just don’t “act 80”! So, good luck for the next 31 years!

  5. asterisk * photography Avatar
    asterisk * photography

    Happy Birthday from down under 😉 Kim*

  6. 5th Grade Teacher Avatar

    Well said. I’m definitely kinder and more centered since turning 30.

  7. klseaton Avatar

    Your comment, ‘this year feels like monumentally an un-monumental day’ is exactly how I would sum up my 31st birthday, it’s almost like an anti-climax after the big 3-0h.

  8. Kris Humbird Avatar
    Kris Humbird

    Dirty thirty one-derful!

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