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Some birthday reflections on outgrowing hustle culture

En route to Tarifa for the weekend, 2011. Photo by Amanda Rogers

“Enjoy this decade: your twenties are for fun, travel and doing whatever you want. Your thirties are harder — you have young kids, ageing parents, you’re trying to establish yourself in your career, you’ve got a mortgage — there’s pressure from all angles. Even in your forties, things are calmer… the kids are in school, you’re more established in your career, and financially. But your thirties will test you.”

Although this was over a decade ago, on the other side of the world, it’s still a conversation that I think about. Especially when things are difficult, and I remember: oh yeah, they said it would be hard.

In the South Island of New Zealand, 2020

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