Make your 30s better than your 20s

Rob Pavacic

It’s been a while, but I’m back. Last time I posted, I was a young, spry 29 year old. Thought I’d take some time today to put some thoughts on paper and reflect on turning 30 last year.

Leading up to my birthday I was a little nervous like many are as they close the chapter on another decade of their lives. If you’ve been following my posts so far, you’ll have a general sense of my perspective about life, money, happiness, etc. For the longest time, I felt that fulfillment by 30 would be defined by how successful I was in achieving goals I had set out for myself in my early twenties.

I’m glad I was wrong in a way. Did I achieve everything I thought I would by now? Almost. I have a great job, happy life, a wonderful dog, and more. You really can’t ask for much more than that.

People have kept asking me a question lately that I’ve continued to think about a lot. “Where do you want to be in the next 5 years?”. And for the first time in a while, I’m honestly not sure. Think I’d like to buy a house somewhere if the market ever comes down. But what I do know for sure is that it would be great to travel more. With Covid and lockdowns, the last two years the farthest I travelled was to New York City for the most part. The one thing I was absolutely sure about is that I didn’t want to be in New York for when I turned 30.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

So I planned a week away in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and had an amazing time. I got to visit the countryside, speak with locals, see how their coffee was made, and enjoy the beautiful weather.

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Park City, Utah

Immediately after that trip, I booked another short stay in Park City, Utah. Park City is such a beautiful place especially during the winter. I vividly remember how serene it was walking back to the room late at night with the snow softly falling to the ground. This decade, I will definitely be back.

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Tampa, Florida

And the last trip was probably my favorite. I went to Florida with my sister, brother, and his girlfriend. The first night there coincided with the premier for Spider-man: No Way Home. Watching it and the reactions in the theater took me back to End Game. We also went to Disney World, Harry Potter World, and managed to see Tom Brady play one last time before he ultimately decided to hang it up.

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I’m not sure what else is in store over the next 10 years, but all I know is that I want to make it better than my twenties. So bring on the memories.



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