If thirty is right around the corner, do you A) Ignore the fact that you were born in 1983, and send out invitations for your 27th birthday bash? You deleted your birth year from your facebook profile years ago. Or, do you B) Welcome your 30th as a welcomed light at the end of the tunnel known as the twenties? By now, you should know that all you have to do is choose how to look at the milestone… But here are ten reasons you should celebrate the beginning of what could most likely be some of the best years of your life.
Disclaimer: If your 30th birthday has long since past, and your child is the one turning thirty, keep reading anyway. This applies to anyone who smiles when they get carded while buying wine at the grocery store.
Reason #1: You finally have a net worth that’s not laugh-worthy. Your first job out of college paid peanuts, and ever since, you’ve been busting your tail to advance. Now that you’ve hit thirty, almost a decade’s worth of saving and investing is beginning to pay off. Keep being smart, and enjoy your safety net.
Reason #2: You’ve decided to stop trying to find yourself. If there’s one question that defines your twenties, it’s “Who am I?” Filled with questions about how to make the most of your life, and what it is that you REALLY want to do, your twenties are an endless set of question marks and second-guesses. By thirty, let’s hope you’ve begun to realize that life happens now. Keep learning, doing, setting and achieving goals, and for the love of thirty, quit thinking so much yourself. Stop thinking. Start doing.
Reason #3: You’re picky. Whether a job or a significant other or a friend, you don’t settle, because you aren’t desperate. Enough said.
Reason #4: A night in with a good movie trumps staying out until 2am. Every time. Gone are the saturday morning with hangovers, groggy coffee stops at Starbucks, and last night’s clothes that smell like that frat guy who used to sit next to you in your Friday morning Mass Communications class. Once you’ve been to one club, you’ve been to them all. You’re thirty. Rockin’ out in a cozy, yet hot set of pajamas while watching Netflix with your man is hotter. (And healthier than those five rum and cokes, we might we add.)
Reason #5: Your body is rockin’….still. So your pre-college figure was good. At thirty, if you take care of yourself, it will still be smokin.’ Your breasts don’t hang down to your knees. Your knees don’t hang down to your ankles, and you’re the best kickboxer in your class.
Reason #6: You’re not the rookie anymore. You aren’t the new guy at work. You manage the new guy.
Reason #7: Goodbye American Eagle. Hello, JCrew. Because Italian leather heels with silk pencil skirts last far longer and look much better than a jean mini skirt and flip flops. We’ll save Prada for your 40th.
Reason #8: Skincare kicks butt now more than ever. With modern cosmetic advancements, 30 really can look like it’s the new 20. Fine lines and wrinkles begin to develop in your twenties, but with injectables, peels, and other anti-aging procedures, you can put those wrinkles to a screeching halt. Injectables prevent the deepening of your wrinkles by lessening your face’s ability to contort in ways that cause deep wrinkles. They also plump areas that may be losing fullness, which also gives you a younger look. However, now that you’re thirty, it’s time to make sure you consult with a qualified dermatologist who knows exactly what you need and how much of it. Talk with Dr. Byrd about this month’s special on injectables.
So, we say get pumped about turning 30, or 40 or 50 or 60….Another birthday means another year of this beautiful, ever-changing and ever-challenging gift called life.