In the Moment - - Contents - KIRSTIE DUHIG Edi­tor

This is, in fact, our first birth­day is­sue – and in con­tem­plat­ing this pass­ing of time it got us think­ing about birthdays in gen­eral; in par­tic­u­lar those that we si­mul­ta­ne­ously look for­ward to (ex­cuse for a big party/spa day/sky dive) and dread (OMG I’m 30/40/50...insert age as ap­pro­pri­ate). Why is it that we sud­denly start to re­flect on our life jour­ney through the eyes of our younger selves, when we imag­ined where we would be when we reached this ‘mo­men­tous’ age, rather than the older and (hope­fully!) wiser selves we are now?

My 30th was spent drink­ing warm cham­pagne with good friends at Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val, hav­ing just quit my dream job and booked a one-way ticket to Aus­tralia – with my part­ner and best friend by my side for moral sup­port. It was he­do­nis­tic, it was fun. But in terms of life goals I was a long way from any­thing I’d imag­ined a decade ear­lier. Chronic ill­ness in my mid-20s set my life on a path I could never have an­tic­i­pated; com­ing out the other side gave me the courage to set aside the life goals I’d al­ways felt I should pur­sue and seek the ex­pe­ri­ences I’d missed out on while I was un­well. I’m so glad I did. The un­known turned out to be a lovely place.

As An­nika Rose writes on page 18: “Grow­ing older has cer­tain chal­lenges but there are also in­cred­i­ble gains to be made.” I hope our fea­ture helps you to move through your mile­stones feel­ing pos­i­tive, lib­er­ated and ready to take on your next ad­ven­ture. Warm cham­pagne any­one?

PS: You’ll find Take A Mo­ment, our ex­tra treat for you, in­side

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