Thirty

So, today I turn 30.

Some time ago (when I was much closer to 20), I decided I had two goals that I wanted to achieve before I turned 30.

  1. Gain european citizenship.
  2. Get a PhD.

I sneakily added a third one a few years later.

  1. Speak a second language.

Sneakily, because by that time I was living in Barcelona and it seemed pretty much a sure thing. Although I always wanted to speak another language, so if I’d thought of it earlier it certainly would have been in the original list.

So, today I turn 30 and the only item from the list that I’ve managed is the last one.

I am in the process of getting a PhD, I’m three years in and should finish by the middle of next year.

As for the european citizenship… I have to live with a working visa (or something that allows me to work) for 10 years before being able to apply for citizenship. So far I have zero years, my student visa doesn’t count.

While this post may seem a little moros given that it’s my birthday, it’s not. The truth is, I don’t really mind at all.

I’ve spent the past eight and a bit years living overseas.

I’ve been studying things that I really enjoy for the last five years (plus the three years of university in Australia before that).

I’m living with a girl I love more every day.

I’ve lived in London, Barcelona, as well as four months in Paderborn.

I speak pretty much fluent (Castilian) Spanish, and my German and Catalan aren’t bad (I’ve taken maths classes in both those languages and can get by in a conversation).

So, the truth is, I’m absolutely thrilled with the way that everything has turned out.

P.S. I was going to come up with a clever title for this post, then decided against it.

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2 Responses to Thirty

  1. Thea on April 27, 2013 15:28

    This day 30 years ago I was in shock – I’d given birth to a beautiful and somewhat jaundiced little boy who seemed perfect in every way. I still think he is perfect in every way – except for the fact that he lives a very long way away from us.
    Happy birthday beautiful son and lots of love…
    Thea

  2. Bruce on April 27, 2013 15:53

    Hi Hayden,
    You are indeed a lucky man. (I guess we can call you that now that you are 30).
    You have achieved so much in the time you have been overseas.
    However, more than the 2+1 goals you have set yourself, I believe that your friends are testament to your success. That’s if the http://www.happybirthdayhayden.com blog site is anything to go by.
    You have got ‘Mates’ in Australia, Spain, Germany and the UK.
    We are so very proud of you.
    Love, Bruce

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