When you are in your 30s (ahem, mid to late thirties in my case but I currently reside on the island of DE-NIAL) one thing becomes apparent. People you know like your friends and family tend to highlight the fact that this milestone means you will need to change in some way. You no longer have that ‘leave pass’ that you did in your twenties. Here are some of the things you will notice become a little less acceptable once you are a thirty-something.
1. Partying through the week.
In your twenties it becomes a lot easier to go out and drink more than once a week. School-night catch ups with friends over a cheeky wine or vodka is something you do Tuesday through to Friday and getting up for work the next morning is a breeze. Hangovers seem to disappear after a coffee, panadol and a few hours sleep. Now that I am well and truly in my thirties, going out on a Saturday night alone means an early night on Friday and a grooming/beauty schedule that starts Thursday night. And maybe a nap.
2. Using your phone, as a phone.
When I was at uni, a one hour phone call with friends was the norm. Now, I am so attached to the ‘smart’ bit of my ‘smart phone’, I do anything but talk on it. Goodbye voice calls – I don’t need to talk to people. Keeping in touch with friends means Whats App, FB chat and the odd SMS.
3. Eating whatever you want.
No more late night kebabs, happy meals or soft drink/chips combos. Hellooo to healthy smoothies and learning words like ‘LSA’ and ‘Quinoa’. If you want to indulge a couple of times a week though, go for it.
You could still carry your 14kg rucksack but you don’t need to. All the hotels you stay in have elevators right?
5. Ignoring your fitness. This whole fitness thing becomes more important.
Regular exercise turns from a bit of a hobby to being a fixture in your day. No longer can those midweek work and social events be an excuse to skip your morning run or gym session. The takeaway pizza can take a little longer to digest. Damn my no longer youthful digestive system. I love pizza. Scratch this – keep eating pizza, just run more.