Have you hit your 30’s? How do you feel?
Stuck between your college friends and married friend with children?
Being thirty is young by most standards, and the only people who consider it old are kids and teenagers. If young adults such as yourself are considering thirty as old, just laugh. Your 20s will also come to an end eventually.
But like all ages, 30’s have their advantages and disadvantages. So let’s have fun with them, getting cons out of the way first.
Cons of Being 30
– It’s a bit harder to lose weight. Your metabolism is just slower.
– You might get asked more for blood tests, and if you have some conditions running in the family, these are the ages they might surface, especially if you love your dessert like me.
– I’m told I’ll need less sleep as I grow older, but for the last couple of years, I’ve needed more. Ignore this one if you don’t tend to oversleep.
– You get increasingly more questions about your marital status and your (un)willingness to have children and when.
– The dating pool seems to be getting narrower as you notice more and more men around your age are either married or on their way to be.
– You start to notice that what you’re wearing is suddenly not appropriate – mini skirts and short shorts are out the window when you hit 30.
– You might drift away from your married friends as you have less in common. You also have different priorities and obligations.
– It becomes a major struggle to meet up with your friends, especially if they work different hours and work/live on different sides of a gigantic city. At some point, I realized I’ve met some of my friends living abroad more often than the ones that live in the same city.
– It’s time to use anti-aging products. At the very least, you should be using moisturizers regularly. And I forget. A lot. Nobody said I rocked, but hey, I’ve just joined the club.
Now to the Pros
– You feel freer and more independent in a lot of ways. Being single is actually fun!
– In high school, you had to answer to your parents and teachers. Not to mention peer pressure and bullying. Yuck! (High school wasn’t all bad, but it wasn’t the best time of my life either.)
– In university, you have to deal with eccentric teachers and a lot of people you don’t understand, and study for at least 3 or 4 courses you hate, even if you chose your major willingly. And after university… Well, there’s a lot of job-hunting and looking for yourself and defining your dreams.
– At 30, you are more concerned about coming up with strategic plans to make your dreams come true.
– You might have a biological clock, but it’s YOUR clock. Nobody else’s. You can get married or not. You might choose to have kids, you might not. What you do with your private life is your business alone. Follow your heart, and you’ll be fine. Just don’t ignore your logic completely.
– You’re young enough to pull pretty much anything off but wise enough not to screw up that many times.
– You can afford more things. You can also hopefully save a little as well.
– You have to stay healthy. It’s not a con because you’re forced to exercise more and eat more healthily, which is a great investment for your future. You want to be agile as long as you can manage, and these initial health problems or warnings are just a good way to keep you on track.
– You know who your friends are. By now, you’ve been through enough things to know who will be by your side no matter what.
You have more excuses to look fabulous, whether they are work events, date nights or just social nights out.
– You are better at time management.
– You’re also more experienced at weeding out the losers from the dating pool.
I don’t know about you, but even though I might complain occasionally, I’m freaking happy to be 30.
What about you?