Last Friday, I turned 33 and judging by the way I joked to anyone who’d listen that I was actually 23, you’d think I hated being in my 30’s. This actually couldn’t be further from the truth. That’s not to say I don’t have moments where I wish I could turn back time. I mean, no one enjoys seeing grey hairs or wrinkles appearing. Do they? I’m asking for a friend, of course …
The truth is there are many things I enjoy about being in my 30s. So if you’re about to hit the big 3-0 and are feeling a bit apprehensive, this is for you. Here are 14 reasons why being in your 30s is pretty bloody great.
- You can go to bed early on a weekend night with precisely zero sense of FOMO. In fact, you’re more likely to feel smug about the fact that you’ll wake up with a clear head and no hangover.
- There will be weekend mornings where you wake up without a hangover. No, really.
- You give less of a shit about the size of your jeans or how much you eat. The only obvious downside to this being that you’ll eat more and that number in your jeans will probably go up.
- You can stand up for yourself. 30+ years of accepting crap means you’ve had enough and you’re not afraid to say it.
- You find enjoyment in things that you never thought you would. Scenic walk? Yes, please. Visit a National Trust? Sounds delightful.
- You realise what’s important. It’s not all about having the best new thing, or going to the coolest places, it’s about spending time with the ones you love.
- Self care. You realise you need time for yourself, away from the ones you love, otherwise you might go out of your tiny mind.
- If you didn’t like coffee, olives, anchovies, pungent cheeses or red wine before now, you’re about to be in for a culinary awakening.
- You’ve gained some perspective. When things go wrong, you know that everything will be OK in the end.
- Getting asked for ID is something to be celebrated.
- You can’t say awesome without cringing. This is a good thing.
- You no longer feel the need to jump on every fashion trend, which will save you Facebook time hop embarrassment for years to come.
- You don’t care what people think (at least not as much), because you realise 1) people are too wrapped up in themselves to care about what you’re doing, and 2) if they care about what you’re doing, they need to get a life.
- You still say ‘get a life’, because you stopped understanding ‘youth speak’ past the introduction of FOMO, and even then you had to Google it.
Getting older really isn’t as bad as it sounds and truly, getting old is a privilege, one I intend to enjoy. Apart from on the days when I think it really sucks, fickle soul that I am.