Today is my 30th birthday. It’s quite a strange feeling, actually. I do not feel 30. Even though I know logically that nothing has really changed, except that another day has passed, I am a little nervous that now that I am 30, I’m going to be expected to do the kinds of things that 30-year-olds do. Normal, boring things. Maybe now that I’m 30 I shouldn’t be listening to metal anymore? Maybe now that I say I’m “too old for this shit!” it’s not actually a funny phrase anymore – it’s just true.
But then, on the other hand, it’s kind of cool being 30. After all, I’ve survived for three decades. I’ve got to do some pretty cool shit. I’ve realised several lifelong dreams and met and loved some amazing people. I am blessed to have many good things in my life – a caring husband, a wonderful family, amazing friends, a steady, interesting job, engaging hobbies, a beautiful house in a country that’s peaceful, the chance to travel and explore new ideas and to dream. I am eternally grateful to live in a country where turning 30 is a perfectly normal thing to do, and I’m able to do it with food in my belly and my wine glass full.
Photo taken at my 21st birthday, which was also a toga party. I look so young! My hair was so short! Yes, the dude in the back is dressed as a statue.
I don’t feel 30. I feel like the same person I was at my 21st, nine years ago, even though I am not. I feel like I need ten more years in my 20s to be ready to be 30!
Right, no more waffling. None of you care about my existential angst.
So, today I’m doing something a bit different – this is called Ask Me Anything. It means exactly that – you can ask me any question, about any thing you want, and I’ll answer. Have you ever wanted to ask why I quit working as a freelancer? Do you want to know what my favourite album of all time is? Are you interested in my opinion on something topical? Have you ever wondered how I got into metal or why I started this site? Do you want to hear more stories about my cat? Well, now is the day to ask!
Post your question in the comments, or add to Facebook, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – if you ask, I’ll keep your question anonymous. I’ve already had several interesting questions emailed through, so I’ll post the answers probably on Monday. Get on it!