Your late 20s are a period of enormous anxiety. From the age of 25 onwards, you start to see “the big 3-0” as a giant monster waiting for you to drift into its open jaws with lurid anticipation. However, the good news is that the closer you get to the beast, the more you realise that it’s not a monster drooling with anticipation to gobble up everything that makes your life worth living. It’s a big, friendly cuddly thing that’s ready to welcome you into a happier and more secure era of your life.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways your life changes for the better at 30…
You care far less about goals and deadlines
If you’re feeling anxious about turning 30, you may need to let go of all the expectations you’ve heaped upon yourself. It’s all well and good listing the career and social aspirations that you want to achieve by the age of 30 when you’re 21. But in those turbulent years of 25-30, you’ll find that you’re incrementally happier the more you’re able to relax the goals and deadlines that are causing you such anxiety. That doesn’t mean you still can’t be ambitious. But it does mean you have to stop assuming that your life as you know it will be over when you pass the age of 29.
You feel more confident and assured in yourself
Every 20 something I know is paranoid about “getting old”. And many use “turning 30” and “getting old” interchangeably. When you get to 30, however, you realize that you’re not getting old. You’re just a little more mature, a little smarter and a little more savvy. But by no means is that a bad thing.
You’ll start to feel more at peace with your looks, your relationships, your career, and your life.
You have a much healthier relationship with alcohol
It’s a common joke that when you’re over 30 you’re finally able to buy a wine rack because you’re able to keep booze in the home for more than 24 hours. In all seriousness, though, with your 30s comes a greater assurance that drinking is not a competitor sport. If your relationship with alcohol is less than healthy, there are always pet friendly drug rehabs where you can heal and cleanse yourself with your beloved pets by your side. With your newfound maturity and assurance, however, you’ll feel much more in control of the relationship.
People finally start to treat you like an adult
Something about being in your 30s lends you a certain gravitas that allows people to finally start talking to you and treating you like an adult. They’ll stop calling you “kid”, stop condescending to you and actually start asking you for your opinion rather than telling you what to think.
You’re getting healthier because you want to… not because you feel you have to
Finally, many of us have a much healthier attitude to clean eating and exercise by the time we hit the big 3-0. We eat healthily and work out because we choose to, not because we feel that we have to. And as a result we may be much more successful in our endeavors!