I remember back in my late teen years, I was totally hooked on to Sex and The City. At the time, there was nothing I wanted more than being 30! From Carrie’s perfect job, her fashion prowess to Samantha’s quick-wit and Miranda’s I-mean-business attitude, I wanted it all! As the years went by, and I began seeing the world for what it really was, I realized that 30s weren’t all that rosy as they seemed! A lot of my friends who have already hit the glorified 30s are earning big bucks and have a “sweet little family” to go back to, every day. In the bargain, however, they’ve stopped appreciating the little joys of life (getting a new haircut, making impulse travel plans, sipping martinis with old friends.. you get the drift, right?). Here are five things that I have decided I won’t do in my 30s:
- Not Stay In Touch With Those Who Matter – It’s not possible to maintain contact with every person you’ve come across in your life. We’ve all learned that the hard way in our early 20s. It is, however, possible to treasure and nurture those relationships that are far beyond the giggles and fun. Sure there are a lot of responsibilities and commitments that come along with age. But finding time to make that one Skype call or to catch up for coffee once a month isn’t going to do much to hurt my “busy schedule”.
- Not Be Social – I’ve lost count of the number of times I have called my friends to hang out and they’ve blown me off with various excuses. Some about their little ones, the others about their job, their mood, their bad boss, their pet; the list goes on! Agreed you have the pleasure of the company of your family, but it’s not just me who believes that occasional socializing with friends offers more benefits than one! Not only does it help uplift your mood and provide a change of scene, but studies suggest that it can also lower the risk of neurodegenerative diseases as you age. Here’s what you get for being a social butterfly!
- Not Be A Workaholic – No matter how dedicated you are to your work, (I know I am too) I believe that your job should never take over your life and overpower who you truly are! Being a creative person, I have many hobbies and interests that make me stand apart. I will ensure that I hold them close and never lose touch with what I love doing. When I am working five days a week, I’ll ensure that the remaining two days are dedicated solely to my family, friends and my creative passions. Even if it’s at the cost of earning lesser than my peers, I’ll ensure I never give up on these pleasures.
- Not Bother About The Way I Look – I don’t know what’s it got to do with age, but I see a lot of people letting go of themselves in their 30s. Hair like hay, brows undid, skin already wrinkled, expanding waistlines, and no attempts made to fix any of those problems. I have decided that no matter what, regardless of whether I find love or remain single even in my 30s, I will make it a point to groom myself. Sure, I get that age does tend to have a blow on our body, but that doesn’t give us an excuse to slack off when it comes to looking presentable. I am going to make sure that I rock that business suit and a high bun with as much grace in my 30s as I do in my 20s!
- Not Travel Enough – Having grown up in a family of travel lovers, I have always been fond of exploring new places. One of the greatest things that I look forward to doing in my 30’s is traveling the world, considering I’ll be in a much better position, financially. I know that I’ll have little kids to take care of, but hey, there are always friends and family to look after them while my husband and I are away sipping Kava on the Fijian beaches!
These are just a few of the many things I hope not to do in my 30’s. I know I can’t define what the future holds, but the least I can do is try and mould it to my liking.
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