Being almost-30 is kind of a game-changer. And when I say ‘almost-30,’ I mean anywhere within 2 years away from turning 30. For some reason when I was 26 and 27, I thought I was almost 30. Granted, I was closer to 30 than 20, but I was also closer to 25. I wasn’t ‘almost-30.’ Now, I’m one year away from turning 30, meaning I am legitimately ‘almost-30.’ How did this happen? Where did the time go? Why am I still a reckless degenerate? Help?
I’ve experienced a lot of changes in my 20s so far. The changes are still coming, and I still try to fight some of them off because I don’t want to admit my youth is almost over. But as I get closer to 30, it’s becoming harder to cling to my youth and pretend I’m still super young and hip (especially since I don’t know all of the songs in the top 40 or understand why some are on there). There are just things I really DON’T have the time or energy to care about now. Here are 10 of them.
1. Telling people ‘we should hang out’ that I have absolutely no intention of ever hanging out with.
If I actually say this to you now, it means I legit want to hang out with you. Like, I think you are a cool person (not that my opinion matters to you). Mazel.
2. Stalking old ~FlAmEs~ on social media.
Ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, ghosts of hookups past, former crushes, one night stands, guy you met once and then figured out his last name based on three facts he told you about himself (wait i have no experience with this). These people are all in the past, and there’s not enough time to keep up with them on social media anymore (especially if they defriend you). I mean, there’s barely enough time to keep up with the people currently in my life on social media, never mind random dudes I haven’t spoken to in 5 years, although it is fun to see ya’ll on my newsfeed sometimes.
3. Spending hours rummaging through clothing racks at cheap retailers for affordable clothes that look expensive.
It’s not that I have all this extra money lying around to spend on more expensive clothes, but I’d rather buy pricier things that will last than always spend a TON of time searching for bargain buys that only last a season or two. Shopping smaller collections from retailers is easier than having to set time aside to invade TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack. This doesn’t mean I never invade TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, and other such retailers (oh, I do), but I don’t do it as much as I used to. One place I actually won’t step foot in ever again though: Forever 21.
4. Wearing makeup and doing my hair every day.
I am unsure how I had the energy to put on makeup and blow dry my hair every day after showering through my teens and 20s, but now I really don’t give a fuck how I look most of the time. Who I am without makeup is literally who I am. I don’t need to put on makeup every day, so I don’t. This has made it more fun to actually put makeup on when I have a reason to, like when I go out over the weekend or have a special event at work. I also have zero time or energy to blow dry my hair anymore, so I just leave home with wet hair. It’s called not giving a fuck. You should try it.
5. Going ‘out out’ two nights in a row.
I can barely handle going out two weekends in a row, never mind two nights. And NO, ‘getting drinks’ is not included in this definition of ‘going out.’ I mean getting black out drunk, staying out until the bars close, spending the entire next day vomiting and sleeping–for two nights in a row. If you want to sandwich a ‘drunk as fuck night’ between two casual drinking nights, fine. I can hang. Just not like I used to. And not only because I physically can’t, but also because I don’t want to. *I realize I have no in between ‘casual’ and ‘black out’ and this may be a problem, but I haven’t reached my full adult potential yet. I will eventually figure out something in the middle, right? #DegenerateProblems
6. Getting too worked up over work.
Sure, I care about my career, but I’ve noticed the less upset I get about things at work, the easier work is. After all, work is just one part of your life. You’ve got friendships, relationships, family, fitness, hobbies, and other important things going on. It’s dumb to waste time getting upset about co-workers and complaining about office politics. Once you accept that work is just one part of the many parts of your life, the happier you will be, and the better things will be.
7. Smiling when I don’t feel like smiling.
In high school, I felt like I had this image I needed to live up to: a nice girl who was always happy. Lol. But then I got to college and realized I wasn’t that nice, so I really started leaning in to my true self, which eventually led to ranting on the internet after college, which led to this, so it’s safe to say I made a wise decision. I smile when I’m happy, and I don’t smile when I don’t feel like smiling. Get over it, man on the street.
8. Being nice to people I know talk shit behind my back.
Fuck being courteous. Fuck being the ‘bigger person.’ Fuck YOU.
9. Maintaining friendships with people who don’t bother to maintain a friendship with me.
A friendship involves effort from two people, not one. I’ve stopped putting in effort to friendships that I haven’t seen effort from on the other side, and it’s really interesting to see who’s stuck around. Of course, there are friendships I know I need to put more effort in, so perhaps I’m being a hypocrite here, but there’s just no time in the day to keep trying to make a friendship happen that just isn’t going to happen.
10. Caring what other people think about me.
The music I listen to, the TV shows I watch, the bars I like, the food I refuse to eat, it’s simple, IDGAF what you think ABOUT ANYTHING I DO. Lol, that’s not completely true (I still want to impress you guys!), but I don’t care as much as I used to about things. #Progress