Turning 30 is one of those major life milestones. Sixteen, Eighteen, Twenty-One, Twenty-five, THIRTY. Jay-z said “30’s the new 20” but I swear he was probably closer to 40 when he said it.
This milestone birthday has flair and fanfare, and apparently instead of mourning the end of one’s Fabulous 20’s we’re supposed to celebrate the glory that awaits us on the other side of being grown. For me, while I’m extremely excited for another year of life, and I’m totally looking forward to ageing like fine wine, I actually kind of forgot about the epicness of this birthday. I still have 4 months until the big day, but upon reflection I realized that the signs have been there.
Here are the 30 things that made me finally realized that I’m turning 30 this year.
1) I prefer Facebook to Twitter now. I only tweet during college football Saturdays (#FSUTwitter) and my timeline is looking drier than a desert in August.
2) I crave naps. Not like “Oh a nap would be cool” but more like if I make it home from work after a tiring day, I’m likely to face-plant on the couch and be down for the count.
3) I go on shopping sprees for cute professional work dresses and luxury undergarments like slips and corset bras with garters. (I’m especially proud of this.)
4) I’m super interested in furniture. I will do anything to have a modular sofa system!
5) I’m obsessed with Zillow. My interest in fancy furniture is partially spurned by our House Hunting adventures. Zillow is my crack cocaine.
6) Value is no longer the cheapest thing I can buy, it is getting the best bang for my buck. I will spend the money to have something durable over something that was cheap.
7) Red wine has become like water. Now I will still drink any kind of wine, even Moscato with dessert, but I need Red wine for hydration.
8) I don’t even know what my metabolism is. Getting in shape used to mean dancing with my girls on the weekends, now it’s a full blown effort: 80% diet 20% 5 days a week in the gym.
9) Hangovers. I used to never have them! Now after 2.5 drinks I need Uber to save my life and Pedialyte to save my next day.
10) My bedtime is creeping closer and closer to 10pm. Midnight used to be my deadline, now my husband has to scoop me off the couch at 11.
11) I have a career. Not a job, but a career. I’m serious about my work, and I find myself “clocking in” during my off-hours as a norm.
12) I enjoy my career. I think Millenials get a bad rep for our whining, but we’ve been indoctrinated to do what we love. It’s hard finding that, but whoa, I finally have!
13) I have a shorter fuse. I’m not the overly sarcastic type. I’m not confrontational for no reason. I’m not snarky. However, I have zero time for foolishness. None. This is the main reason I’m barely on twitter.
14) I plan vacations with other married couples. This is so grown to me. We’re out here planning international trips around day care and vacation hours.
15) I need replacement knees. I just need Jesus to come on down and give me a new pair of knees. There was a time in my life where sports, dance, and Delta wrecked havoc on my knees and I endured. I can’t even hover in a public restroom without praying to Carpenter Jesus to release the strain in my knees from the depths of hell.
16) I have a super legit savings account. This speaks to the fact that I’ve matured past “right now” to recognizing “tomorrow needs love too”. I wasn’t a saver until I started making the kind of money that allows one to save quickly, but even then it took a lot for me not to blow stacks on Red Bottoms because… why not, I’m a 20-something and I can’t take it with me when I die. I’m growing y’all.
17) I don’t understand “the youth“. By the time I figured out what a “THOT” was, ‘The Youth” had done moved on to something new.
18) Forest Gump came out 20 years ago. This is so hard for me to deal with. Folks called me “Jen-nay” for all of my 5th grade days. Feels like yesterday, but alas, it was 1994.
19) Speaking of 1994, I promise you, the 90’s was the BEST decade. Best music, best black films, good wholesome TV shows, and economic prosperity! This makes me soooo 30.
20) I’m over being an early adopter. When the cool stuff comes out I rely on my still cool friends to try it out then get me caught up to speed.
21) Happy Hour is a real thing. An hour of not getting wasted, but drinking with co-workers or networking. I’ll take the Moscow Mule with the truffle fries, please.
22) I forget things. Sometimes I’ll forget what I’m about to say.
23) Dry Cleaning is not just something to do to avoid washing clothes. It’s a must do.
24) I am all out of “care” in this world. Things, mainly small petty things, that used to get me riled up, just fly over my head now. I literally *think* about getting hype, then this weird calm comes over me and I realize I just don’t care enough.
25) But I care in other ways. I’ve always been active in the community, but as I’m growing up my support is a mix of participation and financial support. I’m glad that as I enter this new decade in my life my philanthropic contributions are growing rapidly.
26) Age brackets are starting to look different. I’m realizing I won’t be able to select 24-29 on demographics questions anymore. That just seems odd!
27) Babies are now toddlers. I wrote before that despite my age, The Beau, and I aren’t looking to have children in the near future, but there was a wave of babies popping up amongst our friends for a while. Now those babies are toddlers.
28) I now see that my Mother was right. Pretty much about any and everything.
29) Having a face care regimen is absolutely a must for me now. I’ve always had a little bit of a beauty care system, but I was just being cute. Now I’m full-out in wrinkle avoidance and puffy eyes in the morning are a real thing. My 25 year old friend was so surprised that I actually buy products for this.
30) I feel wiser. I’ve reached a point where I’m not always trying to prove I know something, but I’m more actively trying to learn more. My world is just opening up! I’m learning so much about different people, different schools of thought, different ways of living. When you stop caring about the petty stuff, you start seeking out more of the positive that the world has to offer.
This list is a bit tongue-in-cheek, and a bit reflective of what my turning 30 really does mean to me this year. I know many of us have these realizations at different times, in different ways, or not at all. That’s what makes this whole “life” thing pretty cool! I’m very excited for the next 10 years. Thirty is the new 30 and I’m looking forward to it!
For my near 30 folks, or those who recently made the jump to glory, what were your key realizations?
Here’s a look at me over the years. I tell you, I have always loved having fun with my hair. :-p