1. Having a Social Media Entourage
That’s right, according to various fairly reliable resources, it turns out there actually may be life outside of social media. Although having a ton of followers or how many likes you get on your fifth selfie of the day may seem like a huge deal when you’re younger, the allure begins to fade the closer you get to the big 3-0. This is around the time that you begin to realize that having a tight group of friends and family who love you is way more fulfilling that having a huge entourage of online randoms who can’t get enough of your hilarious cat memes and brilliant political rants.
2. What Other People Think Of The Things You Love
Always suspected that your vague interest in knitting, stamp collecting, or gaming could blossom into a lifelong passion if only it were the “in” thing to do? Chances are that these interests may just be incubating until your 30’s, when you’ll suddenly discover that being labeled dorky, geeky, or a little bit unique no longer makes your give-a-shit list. So go ahead, girl. Pick up those knitting needles and knock yourself out.
3. Name Brands
Hard as it may be to imagine when you’re walking through the halls of high school or rolling out to the hottest sorority party on campus, there will indeed come a day when you realize the unimportance of name brands. Though women in their 30’s no doubt love to look our best, at some point it finally dawns on us that no one’s really reading the name brand on our asses to decide whether or not we’ve pulled it off.
4. What You Look Like at the Gym
So you’re one of those chicks who always arrives at the gym with perfect make-up and stylish gym clothes? Fear not, Cupcake. Right around the stroke of 30, you too will we see the wisdom of those who currently chuckle silently at you from the treadmills, as we peddle away in hot mess outfitted bliss.
5. Staying Out Late
Ever worry that you’ll miss something awesome if you leave the party early? In your 30’s, you’ll find more and more that the only awesome thing you’ll be worried about missing when it starts to get late is your beauty sleep.
6. Proving You’re a Badass At The Bar
Pride yourself in drinking all your friends under the table? Enjoy it while it lasts, Slugger, because after 30 the term “hangover” takes on a whole new meaning. The good news however, is that put downs by your enthusiastically drinking pals will no longer bother you, since you’ll most likely be the only one who remembers them in the morning.
7. Any Thirst At All For Drama
Among the greatest joys of your 30’s is the slow but steady realization that there’s no reason at all to get pulled into the middle of every conflict that comes your way. Whereas little things used to bother you, the more you grow into your own identity, the more you’ll realize that occasionally haters are indeed gonna hate but that there’s no need to allow them to pull you into their drama.
8. Celebrity Gossip
Perhaps it’s the dawning realization that you’ve been reading more or less the same 5 scandals recycled to apply to different couples throughout the years. Or maybe you start to notice that when most tabloids claim an actress is pregnant, she’s more than likely just gone for that extra half of a sandwich at Subway. Either way, at some point in your 30’s, you’ll realize that not only are most celebrity gossip magazines far-fetched, you’ve also got your own life to worry about without keeping up with those of various celebs.
9. Making It Work With Him Even When It Doesn’t
Though failed relationships can feel like nothing short of a personal failure when you’re younger, maturity eventually comes with the realization that not every guy you go out with is going to be for you. The truth is, not every match is gonna be made in Heaven and you’re far better realizing that that’s totally okay than trying to force yourself to be someone you’re not for the sake of some dude.
10. Listening To The Latest Music
Not that you’ll never catch a Top 40 again the second you turn 30, but don’t be surprised if you do find yourself kicking it old school a little more often than you used to. As your life experience starts to blossom, you may notice that your taste in music does too, as you become less considered about what the kids are listening too and more into the tunes that actually move you.
11. What Your Ex Is Up To
While worrying about what your ex is up to can be hard to resist in high school or college, you’ll find it much easier to ignore later in life. By your 30’s, all those heartaches will have turned into something much more valuable: proof that life goes on and that break-ups aren’t the end of the world.
12. How Popular You Were (or Weren’t) In School
Though who you sit with at lunch or what sorority you belong to can seem like everything when you’re younger, prepare to be stunned at how little they matter later on in life. Many a dork has gone on to become a hotshot CEO and as awesome as being prom queen may feel at the time, don’t hold your breath for it to do you any favors after graduation. Not only is anyone in the post-30 world likely to even ask about what cliché’ you ran with in your school days, you’ll be even harder pressed to find anybody who cares.
13. Hanging Out At All The Hottest Clubs
Though hanging out at all the cool clubs around town may seem like paradise in your 20’s, an interesting phenomenon tends to occur as you age. The older you get, the louder, darker, and even more boring some of your previous haunts are going to start to seem. Whether it be due to an increasingly tight social circle or a decreasing interest in squeezing into skin tight clothes, the club scene will eventually start to lose its appeal in favor of things like great conversations over wine with friends.
14. Always Doing Something All The Time
Between joining the work force, dating, starting a family, and starting to solidify your identity, sometimes your 20’s can seem like one big blur. As you move into your 30’s however, you’ll notice that things start to calm down a bit and you’ll be less pressed to carve out time to enjoy the occasional bliss of sitting around and doing nothing at all.
15. Living Up To Society’s Expectations
When you’re growing up, it can be easy to fall prey to the beliefs that you should be at a particular place in your life by a certain age when it comes to things like family or career. As you mature however, you’ll realize that at the end of the day, everyone’s life moves at its own pace and that very few of us get it all together on anything resembling a set timeline. Life is about growth and being where you’re at, not about trying to rush into situations that don’t make you happy in the attempt to live up to someone else’s expectations, real or imagined.
16. Rebelling For The Hell Of It
Okay, okay, the truth is that breaking a few rules can be a lot of fun when you’re younger. Flipping the finger at social institution tends to be a part of growing up and may indeed continue to be a necessity well into your adult life. The difference however, is that as you get older your rebellions will revolve more around defying expectation, stereotype, or other things that hold you back as a person and less about going all James Dean just to try and look cool.
17. What Other People Are Like
There comes a point in life when you’ll realize that you’re not going to like everybody and that that’s okay. Rather than waste your time attempting to control the behavior or actions of others, you’ll realize that your time is much better spent making yourself into the best person you can be. This will inevitably attract more like minded friends and takes much less energy that trying to mold them out of people you just don’t mesh with.
18. Other People’s Beliefs
One look at Facebook proves that you don’t have to look far for a fight these days if you’re looking to defend just about any of your own beliefs. Ironically, as you start to solidify your own worldview, you’ll realize that politely listening to or learning about the beliefs of others in no way obligates you to adopt them as your own.
19. All The Things That Used To Annoy You About Your Parents
Though your mom and dad can seem like the world’s biggest nags in your younger years, the older you get, the cooler you may start to realize they were after all. As you grow into your 30’s, the more you’ll begin to understand where they were coming from and identify with them as fellow adults rather than as authority figures you constantly have to fight for your independence.
20. Occasionally Being Wrong
That’s right, as it turns out we all occasionally screw up big time. By your 30’s you’ll realize that owning it when you’re wrong is a sign of maturity rather than weakness.
21. Saying yes to everything that’s asked of you
Glorious is the day when you realize that being asked to do something in no way actually obligates you to agree to it. Life happens and by your 30’s your more than likely gonna be too busy to agree to everything and still have the much need time to tend to your own well-being, so why force yourself to try?
22. Your comfort zone
At some point you’ll realize that the danger isn’t outside your comfort zone, it’s your comfort zone itself. As you grow into your 30’s and become more independent, the more confident you’ll get as far as trying new things, some of which you may grow to love. So go ahead girl, broaden those horizons.
23. Your phone
Though it may seem like your umbilical cord to the world when you’re younger, the older you’ll get the more you’ll start to wonder what the hell all the zombie like hordes of kids around you are staring at on those screens all the time.
24. Never Going Anywhere Alone
Whereas going to the mall alone may have seemed like the most depressing thing ever when you were younger, nothing warms a 30-something woman’s soul like shopping the sale racks alone while the kids are off doing anything but tugging at her pants legs.
25. Sex Tips
Ever notice that those magazine sex tips all seem to kinda be the same ten things recycled in different wordings since about 1973? You will.
26. Biting Your Tongue
Though it may seem like the path of least resistance to ask for what you need at times, this will get old quick as you grow into adulthood. Eventually you’ll learn that while this may help avoid short term arguments, it’s in no way a recipe for long term happiness.
27. Maintaining Toxic Relationships
While many young people are under the misguided notion that a true friend will stick it out no matter what, this illusion inevitably begins to shatter and is hopefully non-existent by your 30’s. The truth is that at the end of the day, you can only be responsible for yourself and sometimes that’s going to include parting ways with people who refuse to do the same.
28. Fitting In
While many kids seem to think that fitting in with their peers is the essence of cool, most adults seem to consider it anything but. There comes a certain point when looking outside yourself for advice on what your tastes and opinions are supposed to be crossed the line into the land of the basics and the boring.
29. The Things You Can’t Control
That’s right, believe it or not they do exist and at times there may be a lot of them. As you grow up however, you’ll begin to realize that stressing out over them is the path to insanity. On a brighter note however, although you will never be able to control everything that happens to you, no one can ever take away your ability to choose how to respond to the things that happen to you, which at the end of the day is what’s going to shape you into the type of person you chose to become.
30. Fashion Rules
Labor day or not, you’re a grownass woman. Wear white when you want.