Every twenty-something seems to dread entering their 30s, but the fear is unfounded. Here are 30 reasons why your 30s are better than your 20s.
1. You treat your body better.
You’re no longer rolling in at 3am after drinking enough alcohol to satisfy a small army. Now you understand the power of hydration and healthy eating. And you’re probably looking pretty damn sexy as a result.
2. You’re more confident.
In your 20s, you cared about what everyone thought – your friends, your colleagues, that random person you met in the checkout line at Target. Now you don’t care what anyone thinks, and you couldn’t be happier.
3. You’re not at the bottom of the career totem pole.
Remember when you had just graduated college and everyone in the office treated you like crap? Those days are over. You’ve worked hard and climbed the career ladder.
4. You have more disposable income.
You have money left over after you take care of your monthly bills, meaning you can treat yourself without feeling guilty. You work hard, so enjoy it.
5. You know how to stand up for yourself.
Bullies can’t get you down anymore. If someone treats you badly, you’re brave enough to let them know about it.
6. You own at least a few nice pieces of furniture.
It’s okay to still love IKEA, but you probably also own a really cool solid oak bookshelf, or splurged on a really nice kitchen table.
7. You live the way you want to live.
If you want to live by yourself, you can. If you want to live with your partner, you can. If you want roommates because you still enjoy that kind of thing, you can have them.
8. People take you more seriously.
You’re no longer the young person who doesn’t have a clue about the real world. You’re a real, bonafide adult. That means people listen to you more.
9. You’re reaping the benefits of hard work.
You worked really hard to make it where you are today. You may have saved money for a down payment that bought you the house of your dreams, or stockpiled cash for an epic vacation. Regardless, you understand how to get the things you want.
10. Your wheels are a little nicer.
You no longer need to drive your parents’ hand-me-down Camry with 200,000 miles on it. You drive a much nicer car now – but it’s probably still a sensible one, because reliability is important.
11. You care about the stuff that actually matters.
Stupid stuff isn’t worth the effort. You only spend time on things that actually mean something to you.
12. FOMO is no longer a thing.
Fear of missing out? Ha! You do what you want, when you want. You couldn’t care less about what everyone else is doing.
13. You appreciate the little things.
Your weekends no longer have to be filled with concerts or nightclubs. You’re quite happy to spend your Saturdays enjoying good conversation while eating good food.
14. You’ve learned from your stupid mistakes.
You did a lot of dumb stuff in your 20s. You’ve learned from them, and you don’t do them anymore.
15. You know how to prioritize.
You realize you can’t have everything, and some things are more important than others. You make smart decisions based on that knowledge.
16. You’re smarter.
You learn something new every day. You’ve lived more days and seen more things. All of this adds to your overall wisdom.
17. You’re more practical.
You no longer bring 14 pairs of shoes on a one-week vacation to Miami. You know you’ll be in a bathing suit and flip-flops 99% of the time.
18. You can see past bad times.
In the past, it felt like your world was crumbling with every break-up or bad experience at work. Now you realize everything passes, and you’re going to be okay regardless of what happens.
19. You’re less lazy.
You no longer throw all your clothes on the floor and leave wet towels on your bed. General housework also doesn’t seem so terrible anymore.
20. You realize the benefits of sunscreen.
The sun is a dangerous thing, so you no longer allow yourself to bake in it for 8 hours on a hot July day. Good skin is better than a good tan, and you know that now.
21. You’ve stopped being a hoarder.
You realize you don’t have to keep everything. You enjoy a good spring clean, which allows you to declutter and live a more minimalist lifestyle. After all, it’s people that matter. Not things.
22. You don’t compare yourself to others.
Jealousy isn’t a part of your life. Everyone chooses their own path, and you feel confident with your choices.
23. Exercise doesn’t seem like such a chore.
You know it’s good for your health, so doing it seems like common sense. It doesn’t have to be an intense cardio session – a hike or a yoga class will do the job.
24. You’re less afraid of failure.
The notion of not doing something because you might fail seems ludicrous. You know that every successful person also encountered their fair share of failures.
25. Being alone doesn’t bother you.
You no longer need to be surrounded by people at all times. A solo trip to Europe will suit you just fine.
26. You appreciate your family more.
Your little brother suddenly doesn’t seem so annoying, and you’re starting to realize how lucky you are to have parents who made sacrifices for you. A family dinner at Mom’s house? You wouldn’t miss it for the world.
27. You save money unintentionally.
Since you no longer care about trendy clubs or going out every night, you save money without even trying. How cool is that?
28. You know how to entertain.
Inviting friends over used to consist of ordering pizza and drinking cheap beer. Now it means a proper dinner party with a nice bottle of wine and adult conversation.
29. You’ve learned to say “no.”
You’re no longer a people pleaser. You decide what you do and how you do it, based on your own reasoning. No one can take advantage of you anymore.
30. The sex is better.
You know what you’re doing. So does your partner. Have fun.