When you were 20, there were probably a lot of things you wanted to do by the time you turn 30, and you likely thought that people over this age were actually quite old.
However, the truth is that you don’t feel like you are 30 years old when that birthday hits you, but some things do change.
1. Ha-ngovers become a real thing.
When you were twenty-something years old, you bragged about not having this. You could even continue to drink the next day. Say goodbye to those days, because it will soon become real torture that lasts 2 days. The torture includes nausea, headaches, and the famous quote “I am too old for this stuff.”
2. Wild nightlife becomes a night in.
As you learn to enjoy good things, and have the money to buy expensive things instead of cheap ones, you stop tolerating people who yell and party till the morning. Crowded places, where the biggest challenge is getting to the restaurant and ordering stuff, are replaced with a night in with your partner or friends, drinking, having dinner, and watching films.
Some Saturdays also mean spending time with a good movie or a book and just lying in a comfy bed.
3. You can’t eat everything anymore.
Before, you could eat any time of day, whatever you wanted, and not gain a pound. Now, everything you put in your body will show. Gaining weight becomes easier, as well as getting cellulite. So, you need to start exercising and eating healthier — which does not mean eating a cheeseburger at 2 AM.
Your metabolism and digestive system may have failed you, but eating healthy food and exercising will pay off.
4. You don’t get easily offended
You were always confident, but you were a bit lost in the chaotic life — and the whole process of finding a job that you liked and figuring out who and where you want to be. By the time you turn 30, you still won’t have figured things out, but at least you’ll know what you want and how to get it.
When you were in your twenties, you were shaken and angry by a single comment on social media, but now you really don’t care about those things. You don’t have time for unimportant negative things. That’s why you don’t get easily offended, and you know how to stand up for yourself.
5. You have a small circle of real friends.
Going out with 10 friends is a thing of the past, and you don’t tolerate random people that annoy you. You will finally learn to appreciate those few real friends that you have and love them unconditionally. Real happiness is having a few friends with whom you can share everything, instead of wasting time on bad people or those that only drain your energy and give nothing back. Your best friends are the people you want to be with for the rest of your life.
6. You travel better.
No more cheap hotels and cramped hostel rooms, and say goodbye to sleeping in a car because you went on an unplanned vacation. In your thirties, you can afford nice rooms, eating in restaurants, and traveling with style.
Moreover, travelling has expanded beyond trips to top destinations.
Traveling now includes short weekend trips to the countryside where you will recharge your batteries.
7. Love and romance are better.
You may have found the one or you might still be searching, but one thing is certain: you will find the person who truly makes you happy. Love becomes the only thing that keeps you going and inspires you to do more. Of course, your love life also becomes better as your thirties are the time when you finally start loving your body, which makes you more confident around your partner.
After all, if we put some changes aside, being 30 is awesome. There is no better time to experience life. Don’t be afraid — things will only get better.
8. You’ll actually start organizing events in advance.
Till recently, your motto regarding events was “go with the flow,” and planning was basically tweeting or posting an update about the event. The formula used to be: buy drinks, some food, the place doesn’t matter, nor does who shows up. However, those days are long gone.
Now if you want to organize something, you do a lot of careful planning and make sure there are various drinks, extraordinary meals, and instead of tweets, you actually send invitations. When you were young, you couldn’t understand why people made such a big fuss about planning a wedding. Now, you aren’t just planning every little detail of your wedding, but also going through a pile of magazines and websites on the daily.
9. Wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere.
You never cared about wrinkles until you saw your first ones. They don’t make you ugly, nor can everyone see them. The main problem with wrinkles is that you actually realize you are getting old and you cannot stop time.
Real wrinkles come later, but when they occur you won’t care and they won’t be important. However, wrinkles are the first sign of becoming an adult, and there’s no reason to be sad and scared, because it’s much better than you think.
10. Your newsfeed is full of baby photos… and you like it.
You probably can’t tell exactly when the photos appearing in your newsfeed changed from wild parties to babies, but you actually don’t mind it at all. You may be complaining about them or making sarcastic comments, but deep inside you know that you like those cute baby pictures.
See how people reacted on this post:
Rina M: “Well, darn it! My metabolism sucks at the age of 17!! I gain weight easily and can’t eat that much as reffered in the post.”
Yonara Silva: “Im 20 but I’m feeling like 30 right now….did not find this research very accurate, though. Think is according to each personality/maturity.”
Alien in your World: “They make 30 sound so old! I know people that age and older and they do most of the things they say only 20 year olds do and vice versa. This video is not accurate at all, its just cliche.”
DoseofJikook 88: “Im 29 with 3 kids, and this list describes how i was and who ive become. Its amazing the amount of stress you lose when you stop caring so much about the outside world and how its sees you.”
Denise Sumpter: “The metabolism is a lie I’m 23 and that happens to me though for some it may be true. The traveling… I love luxury I stay at 4 and 5 hotels I never been to a hostel in my life I am not planning too.”
obliviousdimenions: “Totally agree. I’m 35. Please make another one comparing 30’s and 40’s so I know what’s coming :)”
This article was originally published on the lifehack.org