In exactly 2 hours and 48 minutes, I will be official 'tricenarian.'
As you can tell from the Google search you've just performed, the 'tricenarian' is defined as 'one who is in his or her thirties.' I have no qualms about this definition of the 'tricenarian.' It is clear-cut, simple, and brings to light the absurdity of the unofficial Western defintion of the 'tricenarian' as 'one who is married with children,' 'one who has a successful job and home,' and 'one who knows better,' etc.
But socio-cultural connotations aside, there is something profound about entering the fourth decade of one's life. Like any milestone, it presents an opportunity for examining one's experiences thus far, and for gleaning from those experiences the only gift they can hope to produce: wisdom. And so, in the last two hours of my twenties - a decade rife with adventure - I am astounded by how little has truly changed in my life in the past ten years.
Despite having lived in 14 apartments in 6 cities in 2 countries, I am still only truly at home when I hear the fog horn in St. John's harbour. Despite earning 2 degrees in 4 subjects from 4 universities in 2 countries, I am only truly intrigued by the two subjects I loved as a young boy: music and writing. And despite travelling to 24 countries on 5 continents, the inward journey on which I've embarked has proven the most rewarding.
In fact, the only thing I've truly learned in this decade is that exercise, proper nutrition and healthy introspection are the most powerful and necessary tools for a healthy, happy life. Period.
One of my favourite quotes was from a speech at the beginning of Zeitgeist. I can't remember exactly what it was but some guy said he did a bunch of shit to try and become a better person and it didn't work so he realized he was super cool all along and I'm late for Bonnie Raitt bye.