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Why You Should Celebrate Turning 30

Turning 30 feels like a huge milestone… and that’s because it is! If you’re wondering why you should celebrate turning 30, here are 10 brilliant reasons.

Thirty. It’s a number that can strike fear into the hearts of many people. It’s the age when you’re officially no longer a “young adult,” and you’re expected to have your shit together. To a lot of people, turning thirty means getting old, losing their youth, and suddenly being forced to face countless responsibilities and challenges. 

It is normal to feel the pressures of turning 30. According to society and everyone around you, by the time you turn thirty, you should have gotten married, had a couple of kids, bought a house, or gotten a bunch of promotions at work. It’s a lot. Couple that with the feeling of missing out on the fun and excitement of your 20s and it becomes obvious why 30 is such a dreaded milestone to so many people. 

But it doesn’t have to be! Turning 30 is actually something to be proud of. You should celebrate it!

Turning 30 means coming so far, learning so much, and seeing just how much you have grown as a person in the last 3 decades. It is also a sign of how much potential you still have, how many opportunities you can explore, and how many dreams you can still pursue. 

Today, let’s talk about some of the reasons why you should celebrate turning 30:

You know yourself better.

One of the benefits of turning 30 is that you have a better sense of who you are. You spent the last decade figuring that out. You’ve tried different things, made mistakes, and learned your lessons. You now have a personality as well as your preferences and opinions. You know what your strengths are and what your goals and passions in life are. 

In this way, you are a more confident and mature version of yourself. You have a clear understanding of yourself and that’s definitely worth celebrating! 

You’ve made it this far!

Take a moment to reflect on the person you were at 20. Now, look at the amazing individual standing on the threshold of 30. You’ve weathered storms, celebrated victories, and navigated through the unpredictable maze of life. Celebrate the beauty of growth – the scars, the lessons, and the resilience that have shaped you into this version of yourself.

Turning 30 is not about dwelling on what you haven’t achieved. It is also about honoring the journey that has brought you to this point. Embrace the fact that growth is a continuous process, and you’re only getting started. Isn’t that worth celebrating? 

Why You Should Celebrate Turning 30

You have more experience.

Another benefit of turning 30 is that you have more experience in life. Think about all the different situations you have been in. You’ve faced so many challenges and achieved so many successes to get here. Think about all the people you have met, all the different skills you have acquired, and how knowledgeable these experiences have made you. 

As you turn 30, it is clear you have a richer and broader perspective of life than you had in your 20s. You have lived life and are wiser for it. This wealth of experience that you have acquired so far is worth celebrating. 

You’ve started to care less about what other people think.

One of the perks of turning 30 is the liberation that comes with not caring about what others think. Your 20s were likely about bending over backward trying to please everyone. You were still seeking approval and trying to fit into society’s molds. Well, now that your thirties are here, you will find yourself putting all of that behind you. 

Turning 30 and the freedom that comes with it naturally allows you to let go of the pressure to conform. You’ll start to unapologetically be yourself. You are slowly working your way up to that age where nothing fazes you and you just live your best life no matter what. You don’t have everything figured out, and that’s OK. Who cares what anyone else thinks? And that is worth celebrating. 

Why You Should Celebrate Turning 30

You have more freedom.

Turning 30 means having more freedom than you’ve ever had in your life. You gain independence, autonomy, and authority in every way. Think about it; your choices and actions are your own, and you have more responsibility and power over them now than ever before. 

Take this as an opportunity to live your life the way you want to. You have the freedom to pursue your interests and strive for the goals you have in life. Your 30s give you the freedom to be yourself. Isn’t that worth celebrating? 

You have more opportunities.

Another benefit of turning 30 is that you have more opportunities in life. More doors are open to you now than ever before. There are so many possibilities for how your life can go from here. 

Plus, in the world of today, you now have more networks to connect with, more communities to join, more people to meet, more platforms to showcase who you are… the list is endless. 

This means that turning 30 gives you the opportunity to grow, learn, and change. Take this chance to improve yourself and make a difference in the world. And do not be afraid to celebrate these opportunities to the fullest! 

You are now smart enough to make quality friends.

In your 30s, friendships are about quality over quantity. Remember how your 20s were like a popularity contest? It felt like everyone was trying to accumulate as many friends as possible. Well, turning 30 is different. 

When you turn 30, it’s like you’ve entered a secret club. Now quality triumphs over quantity in the friendship department. It’s not about how many friends you have; it’s about the depth of those connections.

Celebrate this milestone by appreciating the people who have stuck by your side over the years. Your circle might be smaller, but it’s filled with people who genuinely care about you. 

You’re more financially free than ever before.

In your 20s, the idea of saving money or investing might have seemed like something completely foreign. But when you turn 30, you get this newfound sense of financial literacy. It’s not that you have all figured out, but you’ve definitely graduated from the school of financial mistakes.

Celebrate the fact that you’re now making more informed decisions about money. Turning 30 marks a point where you’re gaining control over your financial narrative. Cheers to being a financially literate adult!

Why You Should Celebrate Turning 30

You are now better at setting boundaries.

In your twenties, saying “no” might have felt like a crime. FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out, ruled over you. The idea of turning down invitations or opportunities seemed unthinkable. But when you turn 30, it’s like your brain flips a switch. You suddenly have the ability to say “no” without guilt.

Celebrate the ability to set boundaries and prioritize your well-being. Your time and energy are precious, and it’s okay to protect them. Turning 30 is about understanding that you don’t have to do it all, and that’s fine.

You are ready to take better care of yourself.

Remember when you could indulge in pizza and beers without a second thought, and your body just didn’t seem to notice? Well, now that you are 30, your body will start to send some not-so-subtle signals when you try to go back to those habits. And that’s a good thing because this is the perfect time to start making the shift towards a more holistic approach to your health and wellness. And that is worth celebrating! 

You don’t have to jump on the latest diet trend or punish yourself at the gym. Just start listening to your body and prioritize your physical and mental health. Self-care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity!

Final Thoughts on Why You Should Celebrate Turning 30

As you can see, turning 30 is not the end of the world. In fact, it is the beginning of a whole new chapter. And this chapter is definitely worth celebrating! Here are a few tips for celebrating your 30th birthday:

  • Do something you’ve always wanted: Whether it’s traveling to a new country, taking a cooking class, or starting your own business, do something that you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time or courage to do.
  • Spend time with your loved ones: Surround yourself with the people who love and support you. Spend time with your family and friends, and let them know how much you appreciate them.
  • Give back: Do something to help others. Volunteer your time at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter, or donate to a charity that you believe in.
  • Treat yourself: Go out to a nice dinner, buy yourself a new outfit, or take a relaxing spa day. Do something that makes you feel good.

If we are being honest, your twenties were a rollercoaster. It was a decade of figuring out who you are, what you want, and how to be an adult. But now as you wave goodbye to those years, it’s time to embrace this new journey that you are now embarking on in your 30s. 

So don’t think about turning 30 as waving goodbye to your youth. Instead, think of it as starting a new chapter of your life that’s full of growth and opportunities. Cheers to turning 30 and all the adventures that come with it! 

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About the Author

Nicole Booz is the founder of GenTwenty and GenThirty. She is an entrepreneur, author of The Kidult Handbook, and most importantly, Mama to two beautiful little boys. She loves reading, organizing her home, and living a simple, less toxic lifestyle. You've seen her in The New York Times, TIME, Insider, Inside Edition, New York Post, NextAdvisor, Forbes, Yahoo, HuffPost, and U.S. News & World Report.