9 Reasons Your 30s Are the Best Time of Your Life

Tipping over into the big THREE-OH is a frightening time for anyone. After all, you’ve been twenty-something for years (nine, to be precise) – you’re good at it. You’ve had practice. You’re used it. But your 30s are an era for change, and for celebration – for being an adult, but only a part-time one. Here’s why should be hotly anticipating this birthday, rather than fudging the specifics of your birth date…

  1. 1

    You can drink the alcohol that you like

    Twenty-somethings accept free drinks, wherever they come from: a stranger’s hand, an art gallery opening, stood on the table at a friend’s party. The 30-year-old, however, has refined her tequila taste-buds, and knows what she likes, whether that be a crisp gin, a rich wine, or a mugful of amaretto skulled in a cupboard. The future is filled with delicious drinks from here on out. No more house wine? We’ll drink to that.

  2. 2

    You’re still hot

    In your 30s, gravity is still your friend. You’re smooth-skinned, taut and terrific – plus you’ve got the spare cash you need to keep your face and hair in good nick. You’ve grown out of terrifying experiments with black hair dye, you know to keep the kohl at a minimum, and you don’t yet look too much like your mother. A happy, functional, careful-camera-angles hotness.

  3. 3

    You take good holidays

    Remember the days of seeing which daft, cold, partially-ruined European city you could sojourn to for less than the price of a hot meal? Those days are done. Now you plan, you deposit, and you spend those sacred 25 days of holiday exactly where you want. On the beach? On the back of a camel? You decide.

  4. 4

    You can choose

    You occupy a safety-zone, a middle-ground, playtime purgatory, wherein you can pick the days on which you are an adult, and the days on which you still can’t iron. When adulthood beckons, you can opt to wave back, or turn your back, and no one will judge you.

  5. 5

    You can still wear cheap clothes

    Once you hit the big 4-0 you’ll be expected to be eternally clad in suede and satin, or something shiny and similar. At this juncture, though, you can still swan about in a Zara or Topshop knockoff, and no one will look askance.

  6. 6

    Things change

    Scientists have tracked patterns that show that your 30s is a time for significant life changes. Now, these can be up (like having a baby when – or if – you want one, or buying a house, or getting a really great haircut) or down (like having a baby when you don’t want one, or burning down a house, or losing your hair) but either way – you thought adulthood was going to be boring? NO.

  7. 7

    You hit your sexual peak

    Your 20s, filled with Tinder encounters and badly-fated rendezvous with mates and mates of mates, might have seemed like a genital wonderland, but wait until you hit 30: your hormones are up, your demands are high and your body-clock is ushering you into an age of sexual zenith. Go with the flow.

  8. 8

    The only way is up

    According to a British survey, conducted by HuffPost UK and YouGov, we strike the optimum work-life balance at age 34, and achieve true contentment at age 38. Don’t ask about 39. You don’t wanna know.

  9. 9

    You’re in a position to help others

    This one is optional, of course – there’s no requirement to turn into someone’s fairy godmother the second you depart your 20s but: you’re probably stable in your career, you likely have spare cash, and you’ve accrued at least 30 years of wisdom and knowledge. It is time, my dear, to pass some of that knowledge on. You’ll be surprised how good it feels.

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