My thirtieth birthday is still over 7 months away, but I've been asked by numerous people if I'm nervous about it. It seems like the entire 29th year of one's life is dedicated to worrying about getting older. Why is that?
Most of the reasoning I've heard about the fear of age is feeling like you haven't accomplished anything. I suppose one could argue that I've got the family I've always wanted and that's why I don't fear 30, but, keeping it real, there are things I've always wanted to do that I haven't. For example, I've always wanted to go to California and be on The Price Is Right. Failed. I wanted to be the voice at the beginning of a movie preview that says, "Coming soon to a theatre near you." Failed. I wanted to get married in Vegas by Elvis. Totally failed on that one. Darn traditional wedding.
Yet in spite of my failures, I say bring on the wrinkles and saggy boobs. I'm down with you, Age (as long as you don't take my hair because then we are going to fight). I'm O.K. with the colonoscopies that my 30's will bring because I know that no matter what I accomplish here on earth, this isn't the end. The goals we set and pursue in our lives all fade away when we die. There is only one goal that stands and that is to honor God with our lives. You don't need a cookie-cutter life to do it either. You don't even have to be perfect. Although I'm pretty sure that being married by Elvis helps. It's in the Bible. Second Ephesians I believe. Look it up.
In case you thought I made those goals up, I didn't. I really wanted to do all of those things. I came close on The Price Is Right one. I was in California back in 2003 and they were inviting people to a taping, but I had such brutal morning sickness that I couldn't bring myself to go, especially since I had already vomited out of our rental car window on the L.A. freeway. In my defense, there was no place to pull over and I didn't have a puke bag. Yeah, I'm going to pretend I didn't share that.
What are some of the goals that you have set for yourself that you either failed to accomplish or have placed on the back-burner while you do other things? If you are perfect and have accomplished every goal you ever set, then you could just share a story about puke. I don't want you to feel left out just because you are perfect.