7 Things You'll Appreciate as You Start Nearing 30 ...


Nearing 30 years of age will bring many things to mind, and recently as I inch closer to this aging milestone, I’ve realized just how many things you’ll appreciate along the way. I find I seem to notice things more than I used to, seem to ponder more deeply about issues, and genuinely have an entire outlook on others, myself and life in general. If you’re nearing this birthday as I am within the next one or two years, you don’t have to approach the birthday with dread. In fact, I’m actually looking forward to the start of a new decade in my life, which certainly can’t be worse than my confusing twenties was! The point is, you can’t look back no matter what age you’re at, but there are also many things you’ll appreciate and things to appreciate about life nearing 30, that you’ll soon find out. Here are my favorites and I’d love to know some of yours, so don't be shy!

1. Nature

Appreciating nature more might sound a little hokey to some of you, but it truly is one of the things you’ll appreciate more as you get older. You’ll notice how the sky looks different at certain times each day, the way the air looks incredibly clear as fall nears, and notice that tree in the corner of your yard at various points throughout the year, appreciating the changes you see in it each season. The other day I was at my grandmother’s house, which I haven’t visited in ages. When sitting at her kitchen window, I couldn’t take my eyes off her backyard. It was filled with beautiful herbs, bushes of berries, and blooming flowers, along with freshly cut grass and a running stream just behind the bend. I also noticed she had several trees that even had a few fall colors start to appearing. I realized I was getting older at that very moment, but I didn’t mind a bit. See, these things have been there since I was a child and yet, for the first time in my life, I was actually noticing them. Take a look around you next time you’re out. Nature is pretty amazing, and is much older than we’ll ever be!

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