Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A year older, and wiser

There was a list of things I'd jotted down, eight years ago, giddy with youth and possibility, the things that I wanted to do before I turn 30.

Yesterday as I turned 29, I realised that while I still have most things on that list unchecked (except this one), I'd experienced somethings that I'd never imagined. Things on my checklist that say, sistah, big plans don't always work and that achievements can come in unexpected disguises.

So here goes, a list of the cool things I DID NOT plan on doing, before I turn 29.

1) Being a wife.
2) Being a mum - and this includes everything: cleaning someone's poop with utter love, early mornings, upside down schedules, merged identities, et all.
3) Attending my kid's graduation day. (Honest! Nino graduated from pre-school yesterday!)
4) Being gifted something in size L and feeling good that I'd shrunk to an M.
5) Having girlfriends galore. Okay, this thing needs an explanation: I've had several good guy friends, and a couple girl friends, but never the whole girl-gang-goes-giggling jingbang. I have that now, and man, have I missed something! I adore my girls and I've giggling prowess I never knew of! The therapeutic effect of a good 'bitch' session is undeniable!
6) Being friends, as in the soul friends category, with people I've never met :) Some of the most incredible blessings in my life are people I've met through this blog, it's an in-your-face sign from above that's like a life-buoy.
7) Having an absolute random stranger write me a song! An adorable young thing yesterday, sitting across our table at a cafe, penned me a beautiful verse in Hindi, wishing me a happy b'day and a happy year ahead and it was an awww and hilarious moment at once, because I felt totally flattered and felt like mothering him, all in one go!
8) Catching up with old school friends, along with our kids
9) Writing this list. Being an adult rocks :) hahahaha!


While I scrummage the husband's drawers for that original to-do-before-30 list, tell me yours. the to-do and the din't-plan-to-do as well. :)


Shivangi Chaddha said...

Hope you had a wonderful day babe !!


Spirited Seeker said...

Lovely Nino's mum... Your happiness and the will to experience life is infectious... I am grinning at this end of the computer :)

SBora said...

happy birthday!!!
you bet, the unexpected/unlisted things can make your life equally meaningful.

VJ said...

Lovely !!!
I was waiting for this post !!

Girlonthebridge said...

Nooo I missed your bday? Love you NM, I'd like to lie and say everything goes south from here but the 30s rock. Enjoy the nubile 29, you are an old soul though. 30 will love you.

dipali said...

Sounds wonderful! Growing up rocks, mostly! I loved your last year's post, too, the way you drove yourself to drive:)

In love with my life said...

Happy belated birthday. Sometimes life adds a lot more to our list. Hope you have a great year ahead:-)

Nino's Mum said...

Love you all! hugs.

ChoxBox said...

Janam Divas Mubaaraak Nino ni M.

My before 30 list? Due date was 6 years back!

Opus said...

Love it! And Sparky!

PV said...

Happy birthday !!

The divergence between the 'To Do" list and the "What was Done" list increases in proportion to the number of birthday candles :-)