This is 30: Chris Davis
“As a millennial, we are so used to having things by the Google search, but life isn’t that easy. So, I’ll say my 20’s taught me patience.” -Davis
There is a “funny” story about how Chris Davis and I connected on social media, but I’ll just share that because of social media I got to “see” how he celebrated his 30th birthday. Davis is an academic counselor at Syracuse University, a position that made him rethink relocating. His reflections echos my own and many other 30-year-olds I know. This is his “30” story.
Xo.Shavon.com: When is your birthday?
Chris Davis: My birthday is January 28th
Xo: How did you celebrate?
CD: My original plan was to be very low key and have a birthday dinner with all my friends and family, which I did, but my family threw me a surprise party.
Xo: What were your hopes for your birthday?
CD: My original hopes were to travel somewhere warm, but most of my friends weren’t able to go.
“I would tell my 20-year- old self that it’s okay to not be where you thought you would be. Set a goal and go after it.”
Xo: How was your 20’s? What were the most valuable lessons you’ve learned?
CD: My 20’s was filled with many up and downs. After college, I had an idea on my next plans but really no direction on how to get there. I went through many trial and errors throughout my 20’s where I was trying different jobs, locations, and even the type of women I dated. Some worked out well and others not so much. As an millennial, we are so used to having things by the Google search, but life isn’t that easy. So, I’ll say my 20’s taught me patience.
Xo: What would you tell your 20-year-old self?
CD: I would tell my 20 year old self that it’s okay to not be where you thought you would be. Set a goal and go after it.
Xo:What are you most proud of since turning 30?
CD: I’m most proud of the fact that I feel as I’m still the same person I was growing up. Just with a few minor upgrades.
Xo: Do you feel like there was a “shift”? If so, how would you describe it?CD: I guess the shift was in 2016 where I still was not sure exactly my next move was going to be. I thought about relocating until I landed my current job. This job as definitely shifted my thinking on what exactly I want to do for the rest of my life and now have a foundation.
Xo: How was your “30” year? What stands out? What changed you?
CD: I’m still in my 30th year and what stands out is how unapologetically happy and enjoy doing what I want. What changed me is really everything I learned in my 20’s and the ups and downs I used it all as a lesson to now at a 30 year old I have a new mindset.
Xo: What would you think your 20 something self for?
CD: I would like thank my 20 something year old self for really making mistakes. Everything is a life lesson so everything good and bad I want to thank for going through it. I wouldn’t be me if all these things never happened.
Xo: What do you look forward to for your 30’s?
CD: I look forward to more growth as a person, in my career and in my personal life.
Thank you for sharing your story, Chris!