30 Things That Happen When You Turn 30

"If you have happiness in your heart, it doesn't matter how old you are."

Your first decade of adulthood, AKA your 20s, is chock full of important lessons and ah-ha moments — but if we're being honest, it's mostly filled with anxiety and cringey growing pains. When you're a twenty-something, there's so much pressure to do this adulting thing "right." That's probably why many folks feel a sense of relief once they hit the big 3-0.  Not to say that we all finally get our stuff together by 30, but because by this point you start to realize, and get comfortable with the fact,  that there's no one "right" way to live. 

Getting older can be overwhelming sometimes, but the best thing about it is that we evolve and gain so much wisdom. Everything from our behavior to our perception of life changes. What may stress you out now in your 20s may be laughable ten years down the line. On the flipside, there are things you probably do now in your 30s that you wouldn't dream of doing when you were 21 — like staying in on New Year's Eve (which is actually pretty awesome tbh).  

Even our relationships change over time. What you seek in a romantic partner at 30 may look really different from what you were interested in a few years ago — experience and maturity will do that to you every time. Your friendships, including the kind of friends you make, also change. Life really is a series of different phases and each one will require a revised version of you.


Over on Twitter, user @HashtagRoundup asked others to share what happened to them when they turned 30 by using the #ITurned30And hashtag on December 30. The answers couldn't be more accurate. 

Scroll down for 30 of our favorite tweets by people who had some pretty astute observations about what happens when you hit 30. 

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Cover image via  Uroš Jovičić on Unsplash

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