My Next 30 Years

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hThe lunchroom was filled with chatter, shrieks, and noise that only middle schoolers could produce.  As I sat at a table, waiting for a few former students to sign a book for a retiring teacher, I caught up with them.

“Ms. Bless, can you believe I’m going to be thirteen this week?!”

“Wow!  That’s scary!  I’m going to be thirty this summer.”

“That’s even scarier!”

I can always count on kids to be honest and blunt!

But, as August approaches, I keeping thinking about that Tim McGraw song “My Next Thirty Years.”  I remember hearing that song when it was released, thirty seemed so old.  And now I am almost there and I can’t help but reflect on these past thirty years and what I want out of the next thirty…

7 thoughts on “My Next 30 Years”

  1. 46 here, just celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary! I remember when I turned 30. Enjoy the coming decade and this milestone year. I always say, “Older=wiser!” I wish I felt wiser!

  2. For me, life after 30 has been much more rewarding that life before 30! And that is a great song to think on and put into practice!

  3. Turning 30 was scarier for me than turning 40. Looking back, being 30 was a beautiful time of my life. My mom (72) still laughs when she thinks back to being 18 and considering a 25-year-old colleague to be extremely old. It’s all about perspective. I hope you will have a great birthday.

  4. Now I have that song running through my head. I remember thinking the exact same thing when I turned 30. (I’m a huge Tim McGraw fan.) Now, I’m 3/4 of a year away from 40, and Humble and Kind has become my newest anthem. It’s funny the part that music plays in our lives.

    As for kids, I had students make me birthday cards this year addressed to Mrs. Oldonnell. They didn’t even mean to. Kids do the darnedest things.

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