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Confessions Of An Almost 30-Year-Old Mind

I’m not a real big birthday guy, so I’m not writing this for selfish “look at me reasons”. I’m writing this because I’m struggling with the idea of turning 30. That’s right…I’m 30-years-old come Sunday (typing that even freaks me out a little bit).

Life keeps cruising by. It really kicks into high gear when you get older. I feel like I was just celebrating Christmas and I’m already starting to see Santa Clause everywhere again. What happened to 2010? Please tell me I’m not the only one who notices this scary trend. They say “time flies when you’re having fun”. I think it should be “time flies when you’re busy” (that’s much more realistic). When I was a kid it seemed like summer lasted forever. Now, instead of three months, summer feels like it lasts three weeks.

I remember my 21 run like it was yesterday. Well, that’s not necessarily true. The booze wiped out a lot of my memories that night, but I remember celebrating that birthday at least. I can’t believe that was almost nine years ago! Where did the time go? 

I’m going to embrace the rest of my 20′s as much as I can. When I’m done writing this, I’m going to the gym. I’ll get on an elliptical machine and I’ll proudly type in 29 when it asks for my age. I’ll try to stamp that in my mind forever, because I’m only in my 20′s for less than 48 hours. Again, writing that just freaks me out. 

I guess one of my biggest struggles is not being where I thought I would be when I turned 30. It’s not like I sat around making a life plan for myself, but I thought I’d at least be married and have kids by now. I never wanted to be the old dad, but it looks like I’m heading in that direction. I’m still as single as they come. I also thought I’d be working in some big city by now, covering professional sports team, and putting my stamp on the world of broadcasting. That hasn’t happened either. Don’t get me wrong, I have a trillion things to be thankful for (including an awesome job in the crazy television business). I don’t feel like a failure…I just feel like I’m falling behind. 

With all of that said, I’m thankful to be turning 30. Not everyone reaches this point. I lost one of my best friends to a brain aneurysm five years ago. He had a wife and an awesome little boy, but he died at 25-years-old. He would have celebrated his 30th birthday on July 11th. Take Nick Bell as another example. He was a defensive end for the Mississippi State University football team. He lost his battle with cancer this week at just 20-years-old. That just doesn’t seem fair, and it also makes me embarrassed for whining about my birthday.

Instead of fearing 30…I need to embrace it. I didn’t achieve many of the things I thought I would in my 20′s, so that means there are great things to look forward to this decade (I’ll worry about 40 when the time comes). There’s probably going to be an amazing woman who knocks me off my feet, followed by incredible kids, and the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame (if there is such a thing in the future) not long after that. That sounds pretty rad to me!

NOTE: I’m sure the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame thing sounded pretty cocky, but it wasn’t meant to be. If you don’t strive to be the best, you won’t be the best. If I was already working on my induction speech…that would be cocky.

Instead of viewing my 30th birthday as a speed bump, I’m going to look at it as a launching pad. I’m excited to see how my life unfolds. If you ask me…there’s an awesome future ahead!

I’d love to know how you handled your 30th birthday. Was it a struggle or a celebration? If you’re not 30 yet, I’d like to hear how you’re approaching the milestone. Any 18-year-old reading this is probably thinking, “This old guy has issues.” Since I already know what’s running through your mind…don’t worry about getting in touch with me (that’s officially my first bitter old man statement). For the rest of you, feel free to leave a comment below, you can also reach me on Twitter @lewissports, connect with me on my Facebook page, or email me at tim@timlewissports.com.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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