My Next Thirty Years

I grew up deep in the heart of Texas in a very liberal household. My mom is from Pennsylvania and my dad is from Missouri. We were working class, raised Jewish, blue blooded Democrats. My mom was adamant that I would never talked with a Texan accent because it “sounded ignorant.” Despite all of this influence, there was no keeping me away from Tim McGraw.

The first time I made out with somebody all night long was to his “Greatest Hits” album  (true confession- he was a bull rider on my high school's rodeo team. How Texan is that?)  I slow danced at summer camp on the tennis court to “Don’t Take the Girl” and remember fondly driving down country roads singing “Down on the Farm.” As much as I loved my pop-punk CDs, Tim McGraw, sweet tea, and Texas country definitely held a special place in my heart.


As I’m about to hit my 30th birthday, I can’t help but think about his song “My Next 30 Years.” Look at these cheese ball lyrics:

I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age
The ending of an era and the turning of a page
Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord have mercy on my next thirty years
Hey my next thirty years I’m gonna have some fun
Try to forget about all the crazy things I’ve done
Maybe now I’ve conquered all my adolescent fears
And I’ll do it better in my next thirty years
My next thirty years I’m gonna settle all the scores
Cry a little less, laugh a little more
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear
Figure out just what I’m doing here
In my next thirty years
Oh my next thirty years, I’m gonna watch my weight
Eat a few more salads and not stay up so late
Drink a little lemonade and not so many beers
Maybe I’ll remember my next thirty years
My next thirty years will be the best years of my life
Raise a little family and hang out with my wife
Spend precious moments with the ones that I hold dear
Make up for lost time here, in my next thirty years
In my next thirty year

Reading those lyrics, I gotta say, I’ve done a pretty good job so far. An upcoming blog post will cover some reflections on my last 10 years, but yeah, overall, I’m pretty darn pleased with things. So, Tim, thanks, I think I’d be ok doing all of that in my next 30 years.