Well, here we are. November of 2016, which means this month marks my 26th birthday. I know, I know, a lot of you will say “Hah! That’s not old!” but in my perspective, it feels old. It feels like I’m making moves in my life and honestly, it’s a great feeling.
I just recently picked up a book at work that I’m now reading, entitled “Thirty Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By the Time She’s 30.” I figured, with four years (and a little change) to go, I should probably see what the fuss is all about when it comes to this list.
Presented without further comment, here’s the list – originally written by Glamour columnist Pamela Redmond Satran:
By 30, you should have…
- One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
- A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
- Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
- A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
- A youth you’re content to move beyond.
- A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
- The realization that you are actually going to have an old age – and some money set aside to help fund it.
- An email address, a voice mailbox and a bank account – all of which nobody has access to but you.
- A resume that is not even the slightest bid padded.
- One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
- A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
- Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
- The belief that you deserve it.
- A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
- A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.
By 30, you should know…
- How to fall in love without losing yourself.
- How you feel about having kids.
- How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
- When to try harder and when to walk away.
- How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
- The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.
- How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
- Where to go – be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat – when your soul needs soothing.
- That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.
- That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
- What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
- That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
- Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
- Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
- Why they say life begins at 30!