For all my late 80’s babies out there, this one’s for you. Turning 30 isn’t easy to grasp as millennial. How exactly do you cope with being alive for 30 years and still feeling like maybe you haven’t accomplished all you set out to yet? Well, I’ve recently been there and I have some advice. Here is a millennial’s guide to turning 30!
Yes, it sucks turning 30
Turning 30 is a day of mourning for yourself. I didn’t even bother taking the day off work. Instead, I treated myself to Starbucks, got in to work early, put on my headphones, and listened to Drake on repeat all day. If anything, turning 30 is all mental. So be prepared! But, also don’t feel bad wallowing in your sorrows for a bit. There’s nothing wrong with that.
You do not need a ‘before 30’ bucket list
A bucket list can be fun and done with good intentions, but it’s not a race. You may make yourself feel even more disappointed if you cannot accomplish everything on your list. And lists are total crap. You don’t have to do anything before 30 (you can literally live a pants-less life in front of Netflix if you want to)! Life events happen for people at different times, and creating a bucket list just makes you anxious about ticking things off. Relax, and let life happen.
Your skin is about to change
Bring on the retinol and anti-aging creams! 30 is the year where it’s suggested you start using retinol. Not only should this be a starting point, but for the love of god, please use sunscreen (hopefully you’ve been using it your whole life). My skin slowly started to change in the last few years, from oily to very dry. So be on the lookout for changes in your skin! Isn’t 30 great?
Traveling is totally different
You’ll pay more for nicer hotels and better flights. When you hit 30, nothing sounds as unappealing as a 25-hour flight with two layovers, no matter the cost. And those hostels you once stayed in? No way. Traveling is now your vacation from everyone and everything, and five-star hotels and easy flights begin to sound better and better.
Your wardrobe will change (if it hasn’t started to already)
I don’t remember the last time I shopped at Forever 21, if not to find my semi-promiscuous Halloween costume. Which, even then, is in my past. Turning 30 means more expensive and timeless pieces. Though I still love a good fash fashion brand (looking at you TopShop) I find that with age comes a little more expensive and practical taste. That doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be boring! I personally am loving my style more than ever. Sorry, wallet.
No f*cks will be given
It’s time for us to embrace the no f*cks given attitude, because it’s finally here and totally acceptable at 30. Literally, no one bats an eye at your chipped nail polish or makeup-free face, and if they do, it’s called mean mugging for a reason. I mean, you’ve been alive for 30 years!! You deserve a break and 30 is finally here so you can tell people who judge you to f-off. There’s literally no other point to turning 30.
Some people really do have their shit together by 30
Remember when I said it’s totally fine to wallow in your sorrows on the day of your 30th birthday? Well, some people do not actually do this. I know, it’s hard to grasp. But some people really do have their life together by 30. To them, it’s just another day to celebrate! I had a few people tell me I was making too big a deal out of the 3-0, but those people also had every aspect of their life in order. To each their own! Be supportive of your friends and just go with it.
Don’t compare your 30 years to someone else’s
That leads me to my next point: don’t compare yourself! Some millennials have it all figured out, and some are just trying to figure out what country they want to visit next (cough cough). Everyone is different. Whether you’re turning 30 and already have kids, or are busy tending to your food baby, everyone’s life journey is full of different experiences. Never compare yourself to someone else’s unique journey.
So, that being said, how do we feel about turning 30? Excited? Sad? Happy? Leave your comments below!