BW: So you’re not in your 20’s anymore, how do you feel about that?
Me: Like I’ve been on the earth long enough for it to make 30 trips around the sun.
BW: …Ok, what does that mean?
Me: . . .
BW: We’re off to a good start aren’t we? Really though, how do you feel?
Me: The same as I did yesterday, I’m healthy and my knees work. My hair is getting thin but not so thin I have to buzz it all off.
BW: You are taking it pretty well; some people have a hard time with turning 30, do you wish you could be 20 again?
Me: Yeah I can understand that. Sometimes I see younger guys out partying, staying up late, eating junk, spending all their money on video games or nice cars and I think, Wow those guys are…nope, I hope I never was like that. So no, I don’t want to be 20 again.
BW: What is your biggest accomplishment so far then?
Me: My family. I can’t take credit for everything they are, and how ridiculously good looking my children are, but since I’m here right now if you want to give credit to someone, I’ll take it.
BW: What is one thing you are looking forward to this decade?
Me: There are lots of things, some material things like getting a bigger house but I also want to finish my Master’s Degree soon so I can move on to learning other things. Maybe move somewhere that isn’t a desert, closer to family. I would like to get back into triathlons, it has been over a year since I competed and becoming more competitive is an important goal for me. Stay healthy.
BW: Staying healthy is a pretty big one for you right? You kind of had an experience last year.
Me: Yes, being diagnosed with cancer was scary. I have great family, friends and faith that made it go a lot better than it could have. I have been blessed lot this year too. Very few side effects from the medication, I was back on my bicycle within a couple months.
BW: What would you say to anyone who is feeling bad about getting older?
Me: There are lots of people who had their big break in their 30’s so there is no reason for anyone to feel bad about it. I bet everyone 40 and over is laughing at me right now. Anyway, think about people like Adam Levine, Jenna Fischer, Zooey Deschannel, Peyton Manning, David Ortiz, they are all in their 30’s. Tina Fey started writing for SNL in her 30’s, Will Ferrell was 36 when he did Elf and 37 when he did Anchorman, J.K. Rowling published the first Harry Potter book in her 30’s, Sylvester Stallone was 30 when Rocky was released and Harrison Ford was 35 when he played Han Solo. And there is one other person to feel good about, me.
BW: Did you ever see that movie, “13 Going on 30”?
Me: I have no idea what you are talking about.