Wednesday, August 11, 2010

By 30

I'm not 30 for *almost* another year, but I've been thinking a lot about my 30x30 list (oh, come on, you knew it was coming).

I came across this online today - an OLD article from Glamour magazine that was shared online by another blogger staring down the barrel at her upcoming 30th birthday - and it made me smile...

By 30, you should have:
One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you 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 bit 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 bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
The belief that you deserve it.
A skin-care regimine, 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-grandmother and the best tailor in town.
How to live alone, even if you don't like to.
How to take control of your own birthday.
That you can't change the length of your calves, 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.

Guess I'll be ready to turn 30 next year after all :)

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At August 12, 2010 12:20 AM, Blogger ka said...

Very interesting...

It's Corina and Meghan's 30ths this weekend, and we're BBQing to celebrate (I, like you, still have a LONG time to go to my own :). You timing, as always, is impeccable. I'm so stealing this to give to them...

At August 12, 2010 5:19 PM, Anonymous erin said...

i love this list! considering it's only 2 months (less a day...but who's counting) until my big 30. :)

At August 13, 2010 5:35 AM, Blogger Helen said...

It seems, as I suspected, that I was not ready to turn 30 2 years ago. I am still not ready. Must... try... harder... ;o) (also, two comments in one, but massive congratulations on your final paper score - go you!!!)

At August 13, 2010 2:01 PM, Blogger Lindsay said...

What a great list! :-)

At August 13, 2010 3:35 PM, Blogger Lindsay said...

KA - Happy to help ;)

Erin - No one's counting... Mostly because as soon as you're 30, I know it's coming up quickly for me!

Helen - I'm a strong believer in writing your own list. (And thanks!)

Lindsay - I think so too.


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