What I Want for My Birthday

I turn 30 in two weeks. [30 Before 30 note: Despite having quite a few things left to do on my 30 Before 30 List, I’m feeling ok about it. I think I will have at least attempted everything (or signed up for it, or given up on it, or scheduled it) by the Day.]

I share my birthday with my sister (we’re twins, so duh) and my cousin, who is exactly one year younger than my sister and I are. Said cousin posted on Facebook that she wanted a tattoo for her birthday this year, and that got me thinking maybe I should come up with something big to get myself for my birthday this year. And, you know, meaningful… That too.

But I thought about it some more. I don’t want a tattoo. I can’t think of anything I like enough to have it etched into my skin. I think tattoos are great if you have some deep love or big event you want to memorialize. I just don’t. Also, this might happen:

Really, I can’t think of anything I want. I have enough stuff. Too much stuff, in fact. I’ve had a great year and a half of pursuing my Big Hairy Audacious Goals, and I know I’ll continue that into my 30s. I love my family and my friends. I have wonderful, supportive communities of people I belong to.

So really, you’ve already given me what I wanted for my birthday: just you, being there and being awesome, letting me butt in on your life sometimes, and caring about my life. Thank you! It’s the best birthday present I could have asked for, even if I’d thought to ask for it.

  • So… I don’t have to buy you a present then? 🙂

    • Absolutely not. I am too old for presents anyway. 😉

      • That’s really no fun 🙂 You should rethink this growing up thing…

  • I feel the same way about tattoos. I’m so fickle. What if one day whatever the tattoo is about makes me angry? I have considered buying vast quantities of custom temporary tattoos, though.

    I’m a big fan of experience-gifts. There’s not a lot of stuff I want either – but there are lots of cool things in the world to do. So find some experience you REALLY want to have, that for one reason or another didn’t make it on your list, and make that happen – or, take one of those ones from your list that’s still in the planning stages and give it an extra oomph of specialness. Whee!

    • Good thoughts– I like experience-gifts too. 🙂

  • Witchy Betty

    Clearly you need some groovy gemstone jewelry for your birthday 🙂


  • It’s been great to read along with your 30 before 30 list. I’m sure your 30s will be awesome. Hard to believe I’m 32 already.