I'm slowly creeping towards 30 myself. I can't say age bothers me particularly, but I am pretty demanding of myself. I get really annoyed at myself for not being successful enough. I have moments of realisation that I am only 27 and I have a lifetime to reach the goals I want but as a stereotypical generation Y, I want it and I tend to want it now. But that's just not reality.
I've been working since I was 16 alongside school and then throughout university. I've attempted to build a career, I did what I thought was the correct thing to do. I've worked hard over the last 10-11 years, primarily working within one large organisation but also working with smaller companies on and off with project work. I've come to realise over recent years that as much as I like to do a good job and I work hard, there is little reward and appreciation in what I do and I deserve that. It's nothing to do with any of the companies in question, it's about me. I want to be happy in what I do - and I almost feel selfish for wanting happiness, is that weird? It's ridiculous to think that the pursuit of happiness is something to feel guilty about!
I've known for a long time that I want my own company, somewhere I can pour my life and soul into and feel the results. Where I can feel fulfilled and happy in what I do.
As I was reading through the advice from the 50 year olds, they went along the lines of... go to the dentist, exercise and lose excess weight, take care of your health, save money and get into the habit, travel as much as you can - as I said, they can be fairly generic (not that that makes them any less true). The one that always catches me is about fulfilling your dreams and ambitions, so if you want to learn to scuba dive do it, for example. Well that just brings up the list of things I promise myself I'll find time to do (or find the motivation or imagination to do) - learning to play the piano, learning Italian, writing a book... It makes me sigh just thinking about it. I always loop back to these things as those kind of dreams that are just floating out of reach and with the lack of time, courteous of working days, they seem to always stay out of reach.
The Japanese have a technique called "Kaizen" or to translate, "The one-minute principle". It's a technique for over-coming laziness - I don't see this being a huge issue in Japan with Karoshi (overworking death) being a huge percentage of early deaths. But the principle would be good for a Westerner. The idea is, that whatever we want to dom, whether it be learning the piano, writing or exercising that we all have the opportunity to make these things happen. The way to do that is to do the desired activity for one minute every day, after three to four weeks this becomes a habit (according to scientists) and then Bob's your uncle.
One minute doesn't even seem to be possible in my head, just because it would take you several minutes to get yourself focussed in on doing that activity for one minute. But I like the principle! As Westerner's we don't tend to work in ones, we tend to work in five or tens. So perhaps, we could find five minutes in our day to sit and actively learn to meditate, that my help us find five more minutes (after some practise) to learn something else new. I think it's probably worth a try for the sake of your own dreams, ambitions and ultimately, happiness... don't you?