Today I turned thirty. I celebrated my thirtieth birthday with my parents and kept it low-key. I’m not a party person, so that was ideal for me. πŸŽ‚

Age doesn’t define who you are. Age doesn’t dictate how you should live. Age is a process of growing and discovering yourself, not measured in numbers or dates.

I have grown so much over the past ten years. My reaction to turning 20 was to panic and freak out. Turning 30 doesn’t feel like that big of a deal. My perspective has really changed a lot. There were times when I thought I should be living my life a specific way, adhering to many societal norms. You can’t measure yourself or your circumstances to other people, you can only try to live your own way. This was helped by understanding many of my underlying mental health problems. My brain operates a different way, and that’s cool.Β  ☺️

My parents surprised me with an amazing gift. A Canon 100mm macro lens. So much.Β excite πŸ’–I have dreamed of a macro lens for a long time. Macro photography is my favourite kind and I look forward to taking a lot of different closeups soon! πŸ“·

Here are a few photos I took today.

Thirty: Macro Photography

Thirty: Macro Photography

Thirty: Macro Photography

Thirty: Macro Photography

Thirty: Macro Photography

You can view them all on my Flickr.

So I may be thirty and live at home with my parents. So I may be thirty and studying for a bachelor’s degree. So I may be thirty and have difficulty socialising with other people. So I may be thirty and have a noodle brain (yeah, it’s a technical term haha). I’m thirty and I am growing as a person and creative being. I’m thirty and I am finally starting to accept myself for who I am.

I plan to have a full recap of my 30 before 30 next week. While I may not have completed all the items, I am still proud of the ones I did!

Note to self: If you are reading this and it has been another ten years, I hope you are approaching your 40s with the same enthusiasm. I hope your life has been positive and you have continued to write and illustrate many books. Most importantly I hope you are still learning and developing and always looking for positive influences.Β  πŸ•ŠοΈ

πŸ’¬ Thirty Questions*

  1. How do you feel about your birthdays?
  2. What is your favourite kind of photography?
  3. What do you hope to achieve in the next year?

* (But only three… 🐒)