I am saying goodbye to my 20s and now saying hello to my 30s. Yes, we all have expectations about how life should look like when approaching the big 3-0. Things may not have panned out as planned and that's okay. We begin to reflect on how much we have lived, and how we could have done some things better, but everything happens for a reason, and it makes us who we are today.
For those under 30, what does it entail to leave the sweet, but turbulent twenties behind?
When you are a twenty-something you expect that in your thirties life will be about being settled into a career and be encircled by trustworthy relationships. Sometimes when you are in your early twenties you work hard and work hard at being social. It's a time when you are driven to meet goals and are full of energy. For example on graduating college, getting your own place, and earning money. In this decade it is all about new adventures and the transition from the adolescence to adulthood.
The major difference in your thirties is that you have a career, the independence, your own place and your own money.
Now we focus on what is our purpose in life. We want to live with conviction. We hold onto our beliefs and values closer than before. We narrow down on what is important in life like love, friendships, family and our responsibility to society.
When reaching this third decade you gain independence. You manage your money and it feels good to be in charge of your own finances. You now have a better idea about what you like and don't like. You speak your mind more than ever.
When it comes to relationships, you have a better idea of what to look for. Your social network grows. You become friends with people from all generations and diverse backgrounds. You learn to be comfortable in our own skin, and therefore it attracts people with similar interests and your network grows.
The twenties are all about figuring and testing things out. Now as you approach the thirties, you learn to enjoy life and appreciate it. You arrive at this age with a stronger sense and appreciation for life. Every decade is special, but you should be looking forward to living your thirties. It is a time to strut your stuff and be the best you.