Three, Zero… Three, Zero… Three, Zero…it never gets any easier to say. It conjures up images of someone much older who has achieved their career goals, owns a nice house and car, is married to the person of their dreams, but in reality very few of these accomplishments are ticked off by the time we are 30. I’m not sure if it’s because the Y Gen are more laid back than previous generations or because life seems to be getting harder and therefore ordinary dreams are more difficult to achieve. I can’t predict what your 30’s will bring but here are a few things it has brought others.
Celebrate this milestone
As we enter each new decade, we tend to celebrate it whether we want to or not and turning 30 is no different. If you are loathing turning 30, look at what you have achieved so far and be proud of it, if you are excited for this next phase in your life, embrace all the possibilities it could bring. You are the maker of your own destiny, so get started on that birthday invitation!
If you’re not married and having children, why not?
As you pass through your 20’s and then into your 30’s, you will find that there are some people in your life that just can’t understand why you are not married and breeding an army by now. You’ll get the ‘When are you going to settle down and find a nice person to share your life with?’ or ‘I’m not getting any younger you know, I would like grandchildren one day’. Don’t despair over these comments, just ignore them and go on living life the way you intended.
Ok, so the body isn’t holding up like it did when you were 20 and you have to work harder at the gym to burn off that piece of decadent mud cake but nothing lasts forever, right? So many people I know are too hard on themselves when it comes to the way they look. Eating healthy and keeping fit are important for the way you look and feel and this is what happens as you get older. Just remember, you are not alone in this battle, it is happening to all of us!
Expect life to be different
I don’t mean the day you turn 30, everything will change but your 30’s are very rarely like your 20’s. The 20’s are for having carefree fun, travelling and not knowing where life will take you next. For most people I know, their 30’s have been about securing a career, buying a house (investment or otherwise) and thinking about the bigger picture. This is not to say you won’t have fun in your 30’s because you will, it’s just a different kind of fun.
Whether you are married, single, working or unemployed, your 30’s will be a turning point in your life and a decade you will reflect on in your later years as one you wish you could go back to.