Almost everyone seems to fear turning the big 3-0. The thought of no longer being touted as a twenty-something can make us feel old. After all, 30 sounded so old when we were younger, but the reality is that your 30’s will probably be the best years of your life. You’re not only still actually young, but you also have the life experience to live the best, healthiest, most acomplished years of your life. Youth + wisdom is a great combo! While every decade of our lives serve a wonderful, meaningful purpose, our 30’s are truly something special and merit deep appreciation instead of fear. Here’s why you should revel your 30’s rather than dread them:
By your 30’s, you very likely have some serious work experience under your belt. You are no longer the intern trying to “pay their dues.” You are now advanced in your career, the boss, or well on your way to being the boss. And if you’re not the boss yet, you have more than enough maturity to get you there eventually -if that’s what you aspire to. You’ve made mistakes and you have a good grasp on what works and what doesn’t. By 30, your wisdom over the years gives you an advantage. Your 30’s are what I like to call your “power years.” You’re smarter, wiser, more determined, stronger, and in actuality still very young! You are #GirlBoss in the making –and that’s empowering.
At 30 you know a lot more about money management than you did as a 20 something. Maxing out credit cards? No way. You’ve been there and done that! You know the value of money and you have much more insight on saving and being responsible. Your FICO score has now recovered from your unwise 20-something money mistakes and you have a solid foundation for building a healthy, wealthy future.
Maturity in Love
Love, like all other things in life is constantly evolving. By 30, you probably have at least a couple relationships under your belt and you’ve made plenty of mistakes that you’ve learned from. You’re more mature about the realities of love and relationships and you’re more aware of your needs. You don’t need to play games or put up with unhealthy patterns that you were once oblivious to in your 20’s. Whether you’re married, single or in a relationship, in your 30’s you are better equipped to handle the very real challenges that come with romantic love.
Friendships & Family Are The Strongest
By the time you hit your 30’s, you have developed so many amazing friendships. Many of your friends are also in their 30’s and hitting their stride. Owning businesses, buying homes, obtaining higher education, finding the loves of their lives, traveling the world, and generally becoming well-rounded accomplished adults. It is truly a magical period for wisdom and progress. Our 30’s are also a great time for our families. Whether you’re starting your own family or reconnecting with estranged siblings, making peace with your parents, or tying up loose ends on any other familial relationships or friendships that fell to the wayside in your 20’s, your 30’s are a time for reconnecting. For forgiveness; for understanding; for growth, and most importantly love. Any angst you had in your teens and twenties is gone and you’re ready to love and accept with an open heart.
You’re Grounded & Know Yourself
You know yourself well now. While you’re constantly evolving, your inner strength is well developed, you have a clear idea of your wants and needs. By your 30’s you’ve more than likely found your “passion” in life and are going full steam ahead with your dreams. You’ve realized what and who to prioritize in life and it feels pretty darn amazing! You have a strong inner core that took you all your twenties to develop and when you really think about it, you wouldn’t go back “there” to those confusion-ridden 20-something mistakes ever again!
You’re Still Young & Agile
At 30 your body is still young and agile. Our bodies are still very youthful and many of us tend to forget that! The aging process really doesn’t start accelerating until after 40. Many people in their 30’s still look and feel like they’re in their twenties. Stop feeling old in your 30’s because when you are actually a senior citizen, you will regret spending your young agile years falsely thinking you were over the hill! Even your seniors will tell you your 30’s are the best years. After your 40’s, the aging process is actually happening and your body actually does start going through very apparent biological changes. Relish the youth of your 30’s because they are the golden combination of both youth and wisdom! Isn’t that beautiful?
People Take You Seriously
Being in your 30’s definitely gives you more credibility –especially in the professional world. 30’s are the ideal age because you are BOTH young and wiser. Even if you’re the most accomplished, bright 20-something, people still tend to see 20-somethings as “kids.” It’s definitely ageist and unfair, however, it does give us all something to look forward to as we get wiser and more experienced in our 30’s.
Our 20’s are amazing years of our lives for growing and learning about ourselves. Enjoy them, relish them, but don’t forget that your best years are still ahead of you. So, when the big 3-0 does roll around, get excited, because you’re about to embark on the best years of your life!