It's official. I'm old (ish).
I can't get away with reading young adult novels (sorry Katniss), I can't get away with binge drinking, I probably shouldn't have roommates and I'll never be one of Forbes' "30 under 30".
On February 6th, 2015, I am officially 30 years old. Ew.
According to the CDC, the average lifespan for men and women in America is just shy of 79 years. So as of this writing, I've lived about 38% of my life, statistically speaking (that kind of makes turning 30 even worse). I spent the first quarter of my life being a dorky kid, an overweight junior high student with a hideous middle part, and then a high school and university student obsessed with the news industry. Not to mention I spent the bulk of my 20s living in what I like to call my, "Where's that?" tour of U.S. cities paying my dues as a cub news reporter.
But alas my fellow Millennials, this is where things turn around.
At 30, we are more or less satisfied with our lives and we can start calling the shots. Hopefully you are at where you want to be in your career and your personal life, or at least on the right track. If you're not, that is fine too... but get it together soon, because you're 30.
Instead of wallowing in the fact that you're no longer a cute 20-something, why not celebrate being in your prime during what may be the best time for it? A time of global travel, modern medicine, space exploration, and endless information at your fingertips, (Just be wary falling into a wiki-hole).
Our generation is arguably the most educated in history and is leading social change across the world. Political analysts argue that we are positioned to work across party lines, which could lead to breakthroughs in Congress and finding bipartisan solutions for our nation's problems. We elected President Barack Obama, the first African American president, and it's possible we'll elect the first female President in history. We embrace change and are at the forefront of modern technology. We are also obsessed with selfies and Kim Kardashian, but let's just gloss over that for now.
Time and time again people have told me, "My 30s are way better than my 20s" (to be fair this always comes from someone already in their 30s), but they may have a point. So let's embrace it and raise a glass to pure adulthood and all that comes with it.
And don't worry, there's always botox.