11 January 2010

Thirty-one.

So, today was my birthday (or birfday to be more precise). I turned 31. I've recently discovered that I tend to look back and view my life through the years of my life rather than calendar years. Strange, I know.

See, 30 wasn't all that great. Not because it was "30" or because I was late for my quarter-life crisis. It kinda sucked because my husband was gone for 95% of it, I had to sell our house which was a nightmare, my sweet Grandfather died, and I had to move a long ways away from my friends and family, and Fletcher was the dog from hell the first 7 months I had him. Oh yeah, and Swiss was gone for 95% of it. Oh, wait... did I already list that one? My bad. Though it sucked enough to be listed twice for sure.

But on the plus side, 30 brought me so many amazing new friends, all of which were internet based (Brittany, sister from another mister! LAW! Jenny/Trixie! Jennifer! Lopsided Mom! Never Apart in Heart! Hillary! Bette! Hellcat Betty! USMCwife! Snarky Navy Wife! etc...) *I'm now realizing that I missed some awesome people- Sorry Kimba, Molly, Loquita, Slightly Salty, and Amy!* This I find to be utterly amazing for so many reasons and my sanity thanks you all, I feel blessed and beyond lucky to have witty, savvy and strong women like you in my life. 30 also cemented the most important friendships in my "real" life, Beth, Valerie, Emily, Shari... you all are amazing and you will likely never know how integral you all were to my making it through this year relatively intact. You 4 always amaze me, you are bright, bold, caring, and perfectly unique- and I am grateful to have you all in my life. 30 also made me grateful for the wonderful relationships I have with my Mom and Dad- you two are totally responsible for turning me in to what I am. I don't know if that is a good thing or not, but I'm guessing you'll take it.

30 also taught me how strong I really am. 30 toughened me up, made me less weepy and more resilient. 30 showed me that I growed up alright, and that my life was, against all odds, pretty amazing. 30 showed me that I really can do anything and that I am more than the sum of my parts. So, maybe 30 wasn't all that bad. But here's to 31... may all the wonders of this past year continue and may this new year, with Swiss home, be nothing short of spectacular. Fingers crossed, knock on wood!

Thanks dear readers, for making this past year a helluva lot better than I thought it would be! <3

11 comments:

silver star said...

Happy Birthday!

Jenny said...

Aww, I feel like I just got a "thank you" in a really cool band's liner notes! Glad you had an awesome birfday, lady.

Tucker said...

LOL Jenny. While I can't abide by your likening me to some sort of "cool band" you can totally count that as a HUGE Thank You in my personal liner notes! You are awesome and amazing and I am sooooo lucky that we met! :) And HAPPY BIRFDAY TO YOU TOO!!!!

Jennifer said...

You think 30 was good? You just wait 'till 40.
SRSLY.
40 rocks!
Happy birthday, sweetie.

Hilary Jacobs said...

You go girl! Honestly if it wasn't for the blogosphere and all the amazing women I "met" I probably would have run for the hills from this milspouse life. But truthfully, you among many inspired me to say, yeah I can do this and I can still be me and people are gonna like me dammit! So cheers to you. I have loved loved loved my 30's!!! May you rock them, I have no doubt! xo

Bette said...

Ditto Hilary -- my 30s were when I finally figured who I was and became really comfortable with that person. Life will only get better for you, I promise!

HellcatBetty said...

Aww! You're sweet to mention me, thank dear :) I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday, and I must say, you make 30 look good! Cheers to new friends and good years :)

kimba said...

Here's to an awesome year 31!

Post Tenebras Lux said...

Happy birfday, Tucker. Three cheers for it getting better as we get older!!

Meghan said...

Happy Birthday!

relocationreview said...

I have to agree...40 is great -it just gets a bit scary looking at 50.