Monday of this week seemed to be the only Monday I had thoroughly enjoyed in my entire life. And it must be because it’s my 35th birthday. Yes, I’m finally, officially, in my mid-thirties, yet it feels like 40 is still more than a decade away!
I just feel so blessed! I may not have everything that I want in life, but I know that in time, God will give me my heart’s desires, which include having my husband home for good, without him having to work abroad anymore just to keep our family’s finances afloat. I know that in time, my business will also grow big and I’ll be able to bless others through it.
I’m actually surprised that it feels good to be at my age. Looking back, I dreaded reaching 30 when I was still in my 20s. In fact, early in our marriage, I made my husband agree that once I get past 30, we would no longer consider having another child. I suppose it’s because my late mother was already 38 when she had me. I guess I resented the fact that my parents had to work so hard even into their old age because I came along. All my siblings were already in college or were about to graduate from college, but because I was still in elementary school, my parents had to continue working, which also meant spending so little time with me.
Not that I’m looking forward to having another child, but I now see things in a different perspective, in a rather mature way. If God wills it, I’m sure my husband would be delighted and I shall take it as a blessing too. After all, many of my friends (people my age), are just starting to build their families now. Some are not even married yet; so it should be fun knowing that if I do get pregnant again, my child will surely have playmates his age.
Of course, that’s not the only thing that’s changed in me now that I’m 35. I’ve also started to become more conscious of the way I handle our family’s finances. In fact, I’ve been attending financial literacy seminars, reading business books, and checking out business opportunities. Well, what do we know? I finally have my own business at the age of 35 and I’m excited to see it grow! More, my health continues to improve, considering that I have acquired an illness about a year ago that’s rather common to senior citizens.
It may sound cliché, but it really feels like “today’s the first day of the rest of my life!” I’m happy to reach this age that I am thankful to be alive each morning, able to do many things that I have stopped considering possible a year ago or so. In addition, I have gained so many friends and felt the warmth of friendship again as I had started to reach out again to others. In fact, birthday greetings poured in like it never did before! My Facebook inbox was literally swamped with personal messages from relatives, old friends, churchmates, business partners, former students and workmates that I spent 2-3 days responding to each of them.
No, I don’t think I’m exactly the same person I was a year ago. The challenges I’ve faced had made me stronger and wiser. There are still areas in my life, in my personality, that I need to improve, but I know I’m getting there… Yes, I’m 35 and I love it! ❤