On Growing One Year Older

I turn 29 on Saturday. I’ve never made a super huge deal about birthdays. As a child, having a summer birthday meant that I usually didn’t get to celebrate my birthday in school with  homemade cupcakes and a birthday crown like the other kids, unless we had too many snow days that school year. And even then, I shared a birthday with one of the most annoying kids in school. Talk about a downer. So I had low-key birthday celebrations with friends and family at my house. I’m an only child, and while I’m probably spoiled by most standards, I don’t think I ever act spoiled or ungrateful.

So 29. I suppose I should feel some sort of impending dread? The big 3-0 is on the horizon after all. Instead, I’m happier than I’ve ever been and I feel like I have my whole life ahead of me. It doesn’t hurt that someone just thought I was 19. Okay, fine, so it was a stupid 17-year-old boy, but still. Let me have my moment. Getting older has never been something I’ve feared. But what I do worry is that I’ll miss out on certain experiences. So I’m going to try to avoid that during the final year of my 20s.

I have so much to look forward to in my 29th year. @winelibrarian is moving here. I’m doing so much travelling this summer, between driving across the country with @winelibrarian, flying to Anaheim for my first ever ALA Annual Conference, and going to to NYC for the first time for BlogHer. And all of that is happening before the end of August. My life has never been so jam-packed with amazing things.

I am so thankful to have the people I do in my life. Since I’ve become better at being open about my life and feelings, my friendship with @BitchinBaker has grown stronger. We talk more now than we did when she lived an hour away. Funny how things work. I also wish that @libraryeliza didn’t live so far away because I know she’d be an even closer friend if she was right down the street. And Twitter, you have been so accepting of the new, more open me. You’ve never laughed at my more interesting confessions; instead you’ve embraced me for who I am. I like that about you.

I have some goals for my 29th year. They’re pretty simple and should be easy to maintain.

1. Continue to keep finding my happy. I think this should be pretty easy to do. Letting negativity take over your life is easy to do, but I know I’m doing a good job of not letting it get to me.

2. Learn to love the city I live in. With @winelibrarian moving here, I plan to see all the things in my city that I’ve never seen before. And there’s a lot. I’ve lived in this area for 7 years, yet I’m finding there’s SO MUCH I haven’t done. I want to do one new thing every month, whether it’s go to a new restaurant, museum, park, or other thing to see. There’s a lot to do here and I often forget that and get caught up in the negative things about where I live (see number 1).

3. Kiss at least five boys. Just kiss. I’m not a fan of random sex, but I am okay with kissing. This number could end up being greater or fewer depending on how life turns out. We’ll see how things go. And okay, maybe there will be some groping, too. But that’s it!

4. Buy a new camera lens and fucking use that bitch. I feel like I need to do this. I stopped using my camera in 2009. It’s like I can pinpoint when my life fell apart based on when my creativity disappeared. I need to get that back. Photography was one of my favorite hobbies and the fact that I let it go so easily really bothers me. I need to reacquaint myself with my passions and never let them go again.

5. Use my Kitchen Aid mixer 5 times. When I moved, I had to buy a new Kitchen Aid mixer. It’s red! Wouldn’t you know I haven’t used that thing once? I used to bake all the time. Admittedly, it’s a lot more difficult to bake things for just one person, but I can always make things to share with my friends. I need to not be such an asshole and use the damn thing.

I’m excited for what the next year holds and looking forward to learning more about myself and becoming a better person. I love this new me. I love who I’m becoming.

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10 Responses to “On Growing One Year Older”

  1. SaturNine says:

    Want to combine 1 and 5? Have friends over for coffee once a month and serve homemade treats. :)

    • Bitchy Librarian says:

      That’s a good idea! :) Though they’ll have to deal without the coffee or pick it up from Starbucks because I don’t drink it. Ha.

  2. chris says:

    Triple bonus points if you kiss while baking AND take pictures of it. I’m pretty sure this will put you well on your way to #1 and #2 as well.

  3. Hardin Reddy says:

    You don’t use your KitchenAid as a clothes dryer?

    Seriously, you could combine #2 with #4 very easily. Or #4 with #0 (traveling). Works well either way.

  4. John says:

    Words to not begin to express the excitement about meeting the two of you at BlogHer this Summer.

    Please continue finding your happy — all is better when that happens.

    And happy birthday.

  5. David R says:

    Happy Birthday to you – 29 is a great age! You’re going to have a fabulous year with the goals you’ve set, romance, doing new things in your town, new kitchen gadgets, projects, ALA conferences are always interesting & fun, NYC is pretty incredible. Enjoy!

    • Bitchy Librarian says:

      I’m definitely looking forward to this next year. It’s going to be a blast, I think! :)

  6. Lou Lange says:

    Hope you had a nice birthday! I have a friend who, I think, is going to BlogHer as well. I’ll tell her to look for you guys.

    • Bitchy Librarian says:

      I did have a nice birthday, thank you!

      Excellent! :) We are looking forward to the conference!