Twenty-Nine

I recently turned twenty-nine, much to the disbelief of... well, everyone who's ever looked at me. I know, I know, how could this baby-faced person be in the final year of her twenties?

Haven't aged a day since 1990, have I?

I asked myself why I never bother revealing how old I am, and aside from the fact that it's totally irrelevant, I realised it was mostly because of the perception in society that if you haven't achieved some kind of epic life goal by your early twenties, you're a failure. What is with that?

I'm no failure. Maybe I haven't achieved what other people my age and younger have, but it's not like I've done nothing with my life. My twenties have seen lots of adventures. And, most importantly, it's not like I'm not working towards big achievements, both in writing and in other aspects of my life. I'm living at my own pace. No, I won't be published in my twenties, but so what? The rest of my life is ahead of me, and I'm gonna be around for a long while yet. Plenty of time to become an author.

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  1. Happy belated birthday, Cole! And trust me, you're way ahead of the game. I've wanted to be an author since I was a kid, but it wasn't until the last few years that I got serious about it. And I just hit the bit old milestone of 40 a few months ago. Eek! If I can still feel like a teenager (which I totally do) then you can too! You're right. Age is irrelevant. Enjoy your birthday and this last year in your twenties. Perhaps 30 will be the magic year for publication! :D

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    1. Thank you! ^_^

      Hah, it's good to know that "feel like a teenager" sensation never entirely goes away.

      I'm hoping 30 will be the big year for me ^_^ 29 is all about building up to it.

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  2. What a cute photo! The frame reminds me of my old school photos. :D

    Don't stress about age, Miss Cole! When I get stressy about that sort of thing, I like to think back to the sort of stuff I was writing a few years ago -- would I really want any of that out in the world? Noooooo.

    The later I get published, the happier my readers will be with the awesome quality of books I'm putting out. :D

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    1. Haha, the classic school kid photo frame ;)

      I am *exactly* the same. When I look at stuff I wrote a decade ago, I see the potential but mostly I see the awfulness and think thank GOODNESS that's not published. I'm just taking my time to mature. Like a good whiskey ;)

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  3. Happy belated birthday! You're definitely no failure - you're writing and living your dream which is more than most people can say in an entire lifetime. Wishing you a year of adventure and good times :)

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  4. I'll turn 31 this year, and I'm hoping my early thirties will be when my writing career finally takes off. But like you, I've been diligently working towards it, so we're definitely not failures!

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    1. Exactly. Every word is one step closer. Here's to us :)

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  5. Congrats and happy birthday, Cole! As someone who was at University when you were born, take it from me--make the most of the time you have, and don't spend a moment regretting you didn't do x, y, or z while you were still in your 20s. The people who achieve huge things when they're young make the news because it happens so rarely. That doesn't mean you won't do extraordinary things in the next year, 10 years, 20 years. Just don't ever think you're too old for anything wonderful to happen.

    Just keep on having a great life! :D

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    1. Thanks, Colin. Deciding to start playing the violin in my twenties went a huge way in showing me it's never too late to learn. I'm excited to see where life takes me. Not going to regret not having done something *yet* :)

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  6. As a fellow 29 year old, I totally endorse this post. Age doesn't matter, as long as your passion and enthusiasm remains. And experience certainly has its advantages- I think I'm in a better mindset now to do what I want to achieve (pick up my violin again, learn Japanese) than I was when I was 20. Just keep on doing what you're doing, and it'll eventually pay off :-)

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    1. I really need to get onto learning Japanese. Been meaning to for over a decade now.

      I agree - I never would've had the patience to play violin any younger, so I'm glad I held off until my twenties.

      Thanks! I'm definitely going to keep on keeping on :) Best of luck to you with all your life goals.

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