Contrary to what everyone believes nowadays, turning 30 years old is something to be celebrated! Don’t let society, the media or family pressure get you thinking otherwise. Let’s get rid of the narrative that being 30 means you’re “old.” Here are the top 3 reasons for why being 30 is actually empowering and underrated.
Celebrities who became successful AFTER turning 30 years old
Some of the most famous people you know didn’t see success until their thirties (or later).
Here’s a short list of just some of the icons and celebrities who became successful after turning 30: Oprah Winfrey (her first show went national when she was 32), Harrison Ford (he was cast in Star Wars when he was 31), J.K. Rowling (her first Harry Potter book was published when she was 31) and Samuel L. Jackson (he landed his first big acting role when he was 41).
Can you imagine if they just gave up? What if they told themselves that they were too “old” to continue pursuing their dreams?
It’s common, not only in the entertainment industry but also generally in life, to feel like your “prime” is when you’re younger (however you define younger). Especially now when we have influencers and entrepreneurs at such young ages, we tend to default to the belief that if you haven’t achieved anything by your twenties then you’re out of luck.
This is not true.
You can peak at any time in life. It’s just a matter of believing that you can.
You have 18,000 more days to make a difference
Everyone seems to think about life in years but what about days?
I looked at the average life span of a person and then calculated the average amount of days you have left after turning 30 years old. So (on average) once you turn 30, you still have about EIGHTEEN THOUSAND days to LIVE.
And I don’t mean just live by waking up, following the same routine, working at a boring job, sitting at home and telling yourself you’re not good enough.
When I say LIVE I mean start that side hustle that you’ve been thinking about for the past 3 years, tell that special someone how you feel about them, take a solo trip to figure out what you want out of your life, or give yourself the permission to start living life without the worry of others’ opinions.
It’s easy to treat every day like it’s nothing special. You wake up, follow the same routine, talk to the same people, eat similar foods, and go to sleep only to repeat those actions the next day.
But what if you decided to look at each day like a new opportunity? An opportunity to start afresh, an opportunity to do something different, or an opportunity to start taking action towards your goals.
I know it can be overwhelming to start all over or try to change things up when you’ve become so comfortable with your life as it is. It’s scary to move to a new city. It’s nerve-wracking to tell someone that you have feelings for them. It’s terrifying to quite your job and pursue a career that’s completely different than what you’ve done.
But isn’t that exciting at the same time?
You have the opportunity to begin each day differently. Instead of seeing 30 as an ending, start seeing it as the beginning to new habits, new moments, new experiences and new relationships.
It’s scientifically proven that you start caring less about what other people think.
Ok it may not be scientifically proven, but it’s true.
Your 20s are a rollercoaster. In your 20s, you’re figuring out who you are — what you like, what you don’t like, who your friends are, who you don’t want to be around, how to spend your time, what hobbies you can keep while working, what industry you want to work on, how to cook semi-decent meals and what you want in a partner.
Your 30s are the calm sea after a roaring storm. You’re clearer on who you are and what you want.
By no means does this mean that all people in their 30s are unaffected and unbothered by everyone’s opinions but it’s more likely that they’re less bothered than they were when they were younger.
You learn that your free time is special and a precious resource. You don’t want to waste any of that time worrying about what other people think, stressing about acting a certain way or trying to people please everyone so they can be happy. You learn that your happiness is the most important and should be prioritized.
It’s better to have 3 great friends than 30 friends who make you feel less than.
So what now?
Love your 30s! Get excited for all the good that is to come. And ignore anyone who says that 30 is old.