For a long time, I had this weird thing. I thought the college kids at church were about my age. Because I obviously was in school not that long ago. Yeah, I know. But somewhere along the way, you make the transition between, “I’m practically a college student,” and “oh yeah, I graduated ten years ago”.
You may know that the thirties aren’t super intimidating to me at the moment. But I still get a shock when I realize I’m not 20 anymore. And there are certain things that help me get there.
30 signs you’re 30:
- A feeling of relating more to the parents in a TV show than the kids. You might find me nodding right along and “mmhmm-ing” with the mom when she sassily (is that a word?) teaches them a lesson about money not growing on trees, or something like that. You’re dang right, Mama!
- A lack of recognition of people on the radio, so much that you start calling them the wrong names. Like “Cardi-Who” and “Duala Lupa”. I’m really with the times, people.
You drink caffeine to keep you awake and it makes you feel more exhaustion. I mean, really??
You’re less mad about politics and big ideas, and more cranky about the way people are driving. Maybe just more cranky all around.
You start slowly replacing your non practical clothing (I.e. anything too low or short) for things that cover and are comfortable. It’s really bad when your original standards for those things were pretty tame to begin with.
Anything happening past ten at night is like absolute insanity to you.
Self-help and non-fiction books are incorporating themselves into your book stack.
News like building renovations and new businesses in town pretty much make your week
You openly talk about topics that used to be awkward. This also happens with marriage and childbirth – you are becoming those awkward “old” people you used to laugh at.
You see young, idealistic individuals, and think things like, “someday you’ll understand.”
- That old furniture you got for free gets put out on the curb.
Anything spontaneous is wild and crazy to you, even an unplanned trip to the hardware store.
You have a really hard time figuring out teenagers’ ages. Why do they all look so young?!
Church is the one day a week you dress a little extra. And you happily take advantage of that.
You prioritize things in clothing like pockets, layers, and fabric.
“Fun adulting” is your way of keeping life interesting by finding things you need to do anyway, i.e. taking care of your lawn, and inserting ways to make it more exciting, like planting flowers.
You hear slang, a new song, or the storyline of a new movie, and think, “why is that a thing?”
A night in beats a night out any day. In fact, you have to fight to have date nights that don’t center around movies.
- There becomes such a thing as “too sweet” when it comes to foods and drinks.
- You lament all the time you used to have and wonder why you didn’t do more with it.
- You evaluate the amount of time and energy to leave the house, and it’s not worth the effort.
- Things like “good school districts” start to matter when you’re looking for a house – whether you have kids or not.
- Things like yard work or house work become an escape from the everyday.
- Self-care is part of your schedule. In fact, you kind of have to schedule everything.
- You start considering expensive items “investments” and start opting for brands other than the cheapest ones.
- Dreams for the future include kids, career changes, houses, and vacations.
- Weight becomes noticeably harder to get rid of.
- If skin care wasn’t important before, it is now crucial.
- Naps are always a good idea. Also, snacks.
- You release your high expectations of yourself and others, just a little. Mistakes are okay.
The good news is that while life is a little more predictable and a little less wild and crazy, it’s a beautiful one. Your energy is focused more on the things you actually care about. And you know yourself a little better, too.
What are some signs of the 30s for you?