I turned 31 this week. Do I feel any different? No. However, now that I have experienced 1 full year of being a 30-year-old woman I thought I would give some notable observations that I have made on how my 30’s (so far) seem to differ from my 20’s. Hopefully you find these observations helpful!
- You “Love” with Certainty
I think most of us can agree that in our twenties we weren’t 100 percent sure of what we were looking for in a significant other. All brawn, no brains. Exceptionally smart, but doesn’t make you hot under the collar. We’ve dated the jock, the intellectual, the player, the bad-boy and a few mama’s boys. For the fellas reading, I’m sure you’ve had your share of the drama queens, snobs and overly flirtatious social butterflies. Once you’re in your 30’s you can now read potential mates better and you now know who to avoid and who to gravitate to. When on first dates you notice red flags quicker and can find the exit in a heart beat. You know what you want and you don’t need to waste time.
- You’ve Stepped It Up a Notch
We began college we were “fresh” meat. When we started our first real jobs post college we were small fish in a big pond. Now that school is over and we’ve got a few years of work experience under our belt we can feel confident in our abilities. Think of how self-conscious you were in your 20’s. Over time that insecurity has been replaced with a stronger, better and determined adult. Plus more experience equals better opportunities which can lead to better pay. Cha-Ching!
- You Value Your Time
Now that you’re in your 30’s you find the value in free time. You spent so much of your 20’s setting the foundation for the rest of your life. Now you want to enjoy it more. And you should! You want to spend time with your family and friends. You want to take up old hobbies that you used to find awesome! Or maybe pursue new hobbies. Don’t wait until retirement to get out there and see the world or learn a new craft. Do it now!
Last year before I turned 30, I was so reluctant to get older. Now that I have crossed that threshold I see how awesome it has been. In no way do I feel diminished. In fact I feel empowered and it is great!