There's nothing quite like a birthday to get you thinking about life. I'll turn 32 this month. Lately, I've been thinking there's something about this particular time in life I just want to bottle up. The 30s surely feel like less of a hot mess. But what is it? I decided to ask some 30-something friends and colleagues to chime in, too. Here's what we came up with.
- A confidence boost: Yay! You made it out of your 20s in one piece. Mostly everyone asked expressed feeling more confident in their 30s. You stop caring about what everyone thinks and really start owning who you are. "The key has been finally realizing that the exhaustive task of trying to please everyone around me was not important; while instead, simply accepting myself made me happier," said Andrew Horsefall, 31, an attorney in Syracuse.