Thursday, 07 August 2008

Thirty is the New Thirty

I hit the big 3-0 this past Saturday. I can't quite remember how I felt a decade ago, so I can't say a thing about the 30 is the new 20 (age-escapism?) fad. I think that's one lie that's given people in their thirties an excuse to behave like they are in their early 20s.

Growing up, birthday celebrations were not a huge part of my life, until about 3 years ago when I came to the U.S. I have pictures from my first birthday celebrations, then life happened and that was about it as far as celebrations and associated records were concerned. Mum would occasionally make chapos to mark a birthday for one of us, i.e me, my siblings and youngest uncle who is two years older than me. Sometimes slaughter a chicken but other than that, no deliberately planned parties. Friends of mine celebrated my 23rd, then the 28th and the 29th when we hooked up later over here. The 30th goes without saying. Looking back, it looks like the past 30 were exciting. It sort of feels like I've lived several lifetimes (may be an exaggeration, but that's how I feel), from growing up in shags, going to boarding school, colle, stato and now excited about soon becoming a manzi/masa wa Nairobi. I even remember when death was such a big deal in my shags, then AIDS became common place and it was like "So and so died" "O, really? OK". People even started eating at funerals.

I looked for signs of aging on Sato. Other than one white hair that seemed to disappear as soon as I'd spotted it, I think I'm fwine. Looking forward to what the next 30 will bring. Baby siz's b/day is this week. Bro apparently came early and was born late July. May have some positive correlation with the fun of December. I thought of mentioning that to the concerned but we are old school.


Ssembonge said...

Belated Happy birthday. Welcome to the 30's.

Peter Njenga said...

I am just two years shy of 30.
What shtuas me is the many things I haven't achieved but would've liked to have attained by then.
I guess "Five for Fighting" was right in their song: 100 Years.
Check out:

But each day is a new beginning...

pink m said...

Happy Belated birthday!! I look forward to being 30. I don't know why, but I imagine that the 30s are more stable, for the most part you're 'doing it', as opposed to the 20s where so little is defined. I don't know. Happy birthday!!

All the best as you plan to come back home.

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Enjoy your life to the fullest!

God Bless :)

Vikii said...

O.K, where do I start? Happy belated birthday:)

Your post actually instills fear in me. I will be 30 in four years and this post got me thinking; What?? Am I really ready?

Anyway, everybody is as young as they feel. Usikuwe "masa wa Nairobi", zii. Endelea kuwa 'toto wa Nairobi'. Am'vipi?

Shiko-Msa said...

Happy belated birthday. 30 is said to be the best age to be. As in now that you've hit it stick there. Even when you hit higher numbers just assume you're 30. Youngish, oldish, stable, most likely working, still energetic, probably in a relationship, all the works. 30 it is.

Maua said...

No lies, ukweli ya mama, life begins at 40. Do all the crazies now, get home and prep for us, land on that jobo, pata chalie, some babies, and then retire at 40.

Anything you don't achieve by then, kimbisha b4 you hit 42.

This is thru experience, remember.

But I still remember, it felt gud to be 30, and like u, it was my 4th birthday to celebrate after 21st, 22nd, and 29th. I felt on top of the world.

Happy too belated birthday.

Proud Kikuyu Woman said...

What to say? Y'all are inspiring and freaking me out at the same time. OK, I'll settle for youngish, oldish and stablish.